The Cape Henlopen girls’ basketball team picked up its 2020 winning ways without skipping a beat, earning a 77-20 victory over Sussex Tech Jan. 12.
“I really like the way we played,” said Cape head coach Pat Woods. “It was great to see. The players have gone the longest in their life without playing during the pandemic. They have been working out on their own, and then finally getting in the gym as a team, and they are having fun together.”
Morgan Mahoney led the Lady Vikings with 24 points, including three from behind the three-point line. She also snagged seven rebounds. The other half of the M&M duo, Mehkia Applewhite, scored 12 with one three. Junior Ella Rishko tallied 14 points while grabbing seven rebounds and collecting three steals.
“We’re really prepared for this season,” said Mahoney. “We worked well together in this game, and it’s only going to get better.”
The French Connection, Julia Saleur, scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds, dished off six assists and snagged five steals.
“It’s great playing with this team,” said Saleur. “It’s a great experience for me because the game and the way everyone plays here is so different than the European game. I really enjoy being with the girls on this team. We get along so well.”
Destiny Kusen scored eight points, while Lauryn Head added five, along with six rebounds.
The Cape coach was quick to give kudos to the Tech squad.
“Tech never gave up; they were competing from the start to the final buzzer,” Woods said.
“We have everything mapped out before the game, including the substitutions. It’s early in the season and everyone is learning their role. We’re just trying to improve. We already missed six games,” he explained. “Destiny played great. She worked really hard, and she is aware of her shots and where they come from. Morgan worked hard on the post and really is attacking the basket. Julia is just tough. Everyone played really well. They are having fun on the court, and that’s great.”
Senior Daniya Dashiell led the Ravens with six points.
The Lady Vikings will host Polytech Friday, Jan. 15. Game time is 4:30 p.m.