The Cape Central girls varsity basketball team shut down the Kennett Indians in the third quarter Monday night on the road. Allowing just one point in those eight minutes, the Tigers defeated Kennett, 45-27, improving to 14-7 on the season.
After stumbling against Cape Notre Dame last week after a week-long break, it seems CHS has regained its footing. After only leading 14-13 at halftime, Cape Central outscored the Indians 13-1 in the third quarter, and 18-13 in the fourth to take the 18-point win.
Taylor Horton, who scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half, said the team certainly has put that Notre Dame loss behind them. “Yes, definitely,” she agreed. “All week, we’ve been preparing for each game, and we’re ready to get another win,”
The game didn’t necessarily develop the way head coach Brandon Winters envisioned. “It was low scoring in the first half, but there weren’t many possessions to score on,” he said. “I think we had right at 20 possessions in the first half, total. Kennett really slowed down the game, and we also had several girls with two fouls in the first half. It was just a combination of things that led to us only being up one point.”
Obviously, coming out and holding Kennett to just a point in the third quarter was critical in building second half momentum. Olivia Koch said it was just a matter of executing. “During the third quarter, we came out more focused,” she noted. “We didn’t make as many turnovers, we were running our plays, and we looked in to the post players to get them the ball.”
That strategy worked, as the offense showed its most effectiveness in the final two quarters. Ella Vogel came alive and scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half. “We made a few adjustments at halftime to speed them up, and our kids executed those changes well,” Coach Winters explained. “It was a very physical game, but our kids made plays when we needed to. We have continued to shoot better from the free throw line (15-of-22), and we continued that trend tonight. From a scoring perspective, we had many girls step up and control the offensive end at different times throughout the night. Taylor was big for us in the first half, and Ella finally was able to get more touches in the third quarter. Several girls made free throws to finish out the night.”
After Vogel and Taylor (who hit three three-pointers), five other players contributed in the scoring column. Ki Bogan hit for seven points, and Koch hit a three-pointer. Martasia Carter, Emma Winkler, and Yeniah Jackson each hit a free throw as well.
Thursday, the Tigers will continue on the road, this time with a game at Dexter. The varsity game should start around 7:30 p.m.