What a difference a day makes. Twenty-four hours after the Cape Central girls varsity basketball team drew the ire of its coach for lackadaisical play in a loss to Poplar Bluff, the team came back and pounded Dexter, 64-37 Tuesday night in the SEMO Conference Tournament at CHS.
“It was a night and day difference between our game Monday and Tuesday,” head coach Brandon Winters pointed out. “I’m very proud of our kids for refocusing and playing less than 24 hours later. We played more of our style tonight. We didn’t allow situational changes to throw us off our game.”
Another fact that Winters wasn’t too sure of was the last time the Tigers defeated the Bearcats. “I would have to look it up for sure to see how long it has been, but it was mentioned to me that we haven’t beaten Dexter in 16+ years. This is a huge win for our program against one of the premier programs in the area.”
And the victory came relatively easily. The Tigers jumped out to an 18-7 first quarter lead and never looked back. Cape Central outscored Dexter by ten points in the second quarter, and eight points in the third to extend the lead to 56-27 heading into the final quarter.
Three players hit double figures, led by sophomore Ella Vogel. Vogel was on point in the first and third quarters, scoring 17 of her game high 19 points in those periods. Freshman Taylor Horton also started the game hot, scoring six points in the first eight minutes en route to a 14 point performance. And junior Alivia Capshaw had a big second quarter, notching eight points on her way to a ten point night.
Others who joined in the scoring were Yeniah Jackson (6), Ki Bogan (4), Erica Goodin (4), Martasia Carter (3), Olivia Koch (3), and Bryonna Thomas (1). Carter pointed out the difference between the two games. “I think the biggest reason was our mentality coming into the game,” she stated. “We knew we had a chance to beat Dexter for the first time in a while, and we wanted to make that happen badly.”
Cape Central will now play for fifth place on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against Sikeston, 50-26 winners over Kennett yesterday. “We hope this win can carry some momentum into Thursday’s game against Sikeston,” Winters confessed. “That’s another team we have struggled with in recent memory. If we play to our potential and do the things we did tonight, then hopefully that will end another streak.”