Shorthanded Cape runs Poly out of the house 55-32

Sydney Pederson rains down five three-pointers
December 15, 2017

The Polytech gym is cavernous and dark, and for a girls’ game, the bleachers are only pulled out on one side. The loud sound you hear is one ball bouncing. Cheerleaders shake their pom poms and it sounds like rain on a metal building.

A shorthanded Cape team, that already has a small roster but was also missing leading scorer Niya Mosley, got up and down with the Panthers Dec. 12 and trailed 17-16 at halftime.

“We got our running game going in the second half, and we have the players who can get up and down the court,” said coach Lauren Carra after her Vikings won 55-32, outscoring Polytech 39-15 in the second half.  

The Vikings improved to 2-1 and host coach Bill Victory’s Caesar Rodney Friday, Dec. 15.

Cape was paced by Sydney Pederson’s 24 points, including five three-pointers. Cape is a team of shy shooters, except for Sydney, who will let it fly from the deep corner to the third row of the bleachers.

“Sydney’s job is to shoot, and we need all our players to shoot the ball if they have a shot,” Carra said.

Guards Lexi Watkins had 16 and Alia Marshall contributed 10. They got out in front of the fast break and combined for 26 points. Watkins got knocked around, but she went 10-for-13 from the free throw line.

Poly, who fell to 0-2 on the season started all underclassmen. The Panthers were paced by Yaa Afriyie with 11 points.