The Cape girls’ basketball team won ugly Jan. 8 at Dover, struggling for most of the game just to get back to even and give themselves a chance to get home with a victory. The Vikings held on for a 41-36 win.
The game was tied at 33-33 with five minutes left to play when the Vikings, led by Dania Cannon, Abbey Hearn and a timely three-pointer by Mehkia Applewhite, outscored the Senators 8-3 down the stretch. Cape improved to 8-1 on the season. Dover dropped to 4-4.
“I talked to my teammates at halftime and told them to relax and just slow down,” Cannon said. “Dover is aggressive on defense. Like Sussex Central, they fly around everywhere and come after you on rebounds.”
Cannon paced Cape with 13 points, including going 7-for-10 at the free-throw line. Hearn scored 11 of her 12 points in the second half, as Cape started to look for her on the inside.
Applewhite had eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, while Morgan Mahoney and Nya Mosley each had four points while snaring many big rebounds.
Dover was paced by Tamyah Jones with 10 and Riana Sizer with nine points.
Cape will host Smyrna on Friday, Jan. 11. The Vikings beat the Eagles 79-56 Nov. 30. Cape will host Sussex Central on Friday, Jan. 18. Each team has one loss in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division.
JV Cape 28, Dover 14 – The Magnificent 7 of the Cape junior varsity team ran their season record to 9-0 by outscoring Dover 17-8 in the second half for a 28-14 win. The Vikings use a rotation system, sitting out prominent players one entire period in case they are needed in the varsity game. Cape has a total of just 16 players to cover two teams that have posted a combined record of 17-1 as they near the halfway point of the season. Cape was paced by Jhayden Holloman with 10 and Ella Rishko with seven points.