The Cape girls’ varsity basketball team got sweet revenge over visiting St. Georges 67-34 Feb. 15 on Senior Night. The Hawks had defeated the Lady Vikings 61-40 last season.
Four players hit double figures in the contest for the Vikings. Abbey Hearn scored 13, grabbed five rebounds and had three assists. Dania Cannon hit for 12 with eight assists and five steals. Mehkia Applewhite put 10 in the book, grabbed eight rebounds and had three steals. Morgan Mahoney threw down eight points. Carlin Quinn added six.
Pregame festivities honored seniors Niya Mosley and Lexi Watkins who greatly contributed to the victory. Along with 10 points, Mosley snagged five rebounds and had four steals, while Watkins hit for eight points, grabbed three rebounds and dished off three assists.
“I think we had a lot of built-up anger in us after they blew us out last year,” said Mosley. “So this year we did everything right. We hustled after every loose ball, made good shots, didn’t do anything selfish. It’s an emotional night. When I was a freshman, I couldn’t even touch the floor in a varsity game, but now I’m starting and playing hard. It feels good to be a part of this team.”
“This is a big statement,” said Watkins. “People expected us to be how we are every year, but this year Niya and I are leaving our senior year with a bang. I’m glad I have a team that can let us go out like this. I think this is definitely going to carry over. Every game we play, we trust each other more and more. We know what’s going to happen because we trust each other.”
“I’m so happy for my seniors,” said Cape coach Pat Woods. “The things that they do go largely unrecognized, which is frustrating. The team knows what they do. Diving on loose balls doesn’t get a stat. Their toughness, their grit, their lockdown defense. Lexi locks someone up and deflects the ball so another player can get the steal. Niya might be our best at driving it to the basket and kicking it out. You’ve got to be a basketball person to see what Niya and Lexi bring to the table. They were pretty impressive tonight.”
The Vikings will play Laurel Tuesday, Feb. 19, to finish the regular season, then face Woodbridge for the Henlopen Conference Championship Friday, Feb. 22, at Dover High School. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.
“If we can play the way we did tonight, we can beat anybody. We can play with anybody, and we can have fun doing it,” said Woods.