The Cape girls’ basketball team moved to 7-3 on the season with a 62-37 victory over the Senators Jan. 9 in Dover.
Mehkia Applewhite turned in a double-double performance with 12 points and 14 rebounds to help lead the Lady Vikings. Dania Cannon scored 19 points, dished off nine assists and grabbed three steals. Abbey Hearn dropped 14 on the Senators to go along with six rebounds and three assists. All three players hit two from behind the three-point line.
Carlin Quinn continues to be a force under the boards, as she scored six and grabbed eight rebounds despite being in foul trouble and playing just over 20 minutes.
Ella Rishko, starting for the injured Morgan Mahoney, collected four steals and grabbed three rebounds. Lauryn Head scored seven and Jhayden Hollomon hit a basket to give the Vikings a good performance off the bench.
At one point in the game the Head sisters, Lauryn and Allison, hit the hardwood together, as little sis made her varsity debut.
“It was pretty cool playing with her,” said freshman Allison, who had an assist to big sis underneath the basket. “I didn’t think it was going to happen since I usually play JV. But I liked it.”
“Tonight we learned that when things get physical, we have to stay composed,” Cannon said. “We have to keep talking during the games where we get so far ahead. We have to come out with the same mentality and treat every game like they we’re playing a ranked opponent or out-of-state team. We have to stay together and not get into the one-on-one mentality.”
“I was much happier with our performance tonight,” said Cape head coach Pat Woods. “We consistently played with great effort throughout the game, and we were able to work with different lineups and girls in unfamiliar positions. Our girls are great in knowing and performing their role, but I would like us to improve when we are moved out of our primary role. We have some work to do there, but we are confident that we will get better.”
How does Woods keep the team focused when their average margin of victory is 30 points in their seven victories?
“As long as everyone on the court is playing as hard as they can, both teams will improve,” he said. “I think that has been happening. The score might be lopsided, but the improvement can be equal.
“We talk a lot about playing to our potential every possession and being relentless. Dania also had a good idea of establishing goals and challenges throughout the game – similar to how we run our practices. Really it’s about teaching kids about being good stewards of their talents, time and opportunities. One of our team standards is to always give 100 percent – we hold each other accountable to that. We know that coming up, we have Conrad, who is a great team, and that we will have to be at our best. We will do whatever we can to be there.”
The Vikings will host Caesar Rodney Tuesday, Jan. 14, and Smyrna Friday, Jan. 17.