After making a dramatic and impressive comeback in the fourth quarter to force overtime, the Cape Central girls JV basketball team fell one point short, losing to Rockwood Summit, 38-37 in double overtime in their opening game of the Northwest Tournament.
The Tigers didn’t make things easy for themselves in the first half. After falling behind 8-7 after the first quarter, Cape Central went cold, scoring just three points in the second quarter while Summit hit for 13 points. At halftime, CHS was down 21-10. “Our young team is still learning what it takes to be prepared for every game, from the opening tip to the last buzzer,” said JV coach Sherri Shirrell after the contest. “Tonight we were not ready to play. In fact, it took until about halfway through the third quarter when we finally started to buckle down on defense and make some things happen.”
During the third quarter, the Tigers still fell a little more behind, trailing 29-16 by quarter’s end. At that point, the light bulb went on, and the Tigers started playing sound basketball. They outscored Summit 15-2, led by Ariyah Boyd‘s six points, and Kendall Holloway‘s four. CHS was able to tie the game 31-31 as time ran out.
“The fourth quarter, our defense was outstanding, and we were able to come back to force overtime,” Coach Shirrell pointed out. Holloway agreed, saying the defense was the key factor. “During the last two minutes, we played man to man full court defense which forced turnovers.”
Unfortunately, despite Holloway’s four points in the two OT sessions, the Tigers fell just one point short, losing 38-37. “We had our opportunities to win at the end of regulation and both overtime periods, but didn’t take advantage of it,” Coach Shirrell commented. “We need to use this as a growing and learning experience and build on that. It was a loss, but I am very proud of the resilience of this group.”
Holloway poured in 16 points in the contest, scoring in each quarter. Da’Kauri Wooldridge added eight points, while Boyd finished with seven. Sheeondria Wilson and Keke Maxwell both chipped in with three points each.
The Tigers are right back at it today. They’ll play their second game of the Northwest Tournament at 4:15 against St. Clair. Cape Central stands at 3-3 entering today’s matchup.