Back on December 3, the Cape Central girls varsity basketball team defeated Dexter, 63-37. Two months later, on Thursday, the Bearcats turned the tables on the Tigers, scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Cape Central, 53-49. CHS saw their record fall to 14-8, while Dexter broke an eight game losing streak and improved to 4-18.
“We simply got out-hustled and out-worked in every single aspect of the game,” Tigers’ head coach Brandon Winters said. “Hats off to Dexter…they played like this game meant something to them. We, on the other hand, acted like we didn’t want to be in the gym.”
Coach Winters couldn’t mask his disappointment with the team’s performance. Central, while not playing particularly well, kept increasing its lead quarter-by-quarter. The Tigers led 11-9 after the first quarter, 26-20 at halftime, and 37-25 after three quarters. And then they just fell apart. The team was outscored 28-12 in the final quarter to lose by four. Cape Central was playing arguably its best basketball of the season. They had won five of their last six, the only hiccup coming against Notre Dame after a week’s break. So what happened against the Bearcats?
“Plain and simple, we didn’t show up, or even play hard, most of the night,” Coach Winters said. “That falls on me as the head coach. My kids did not come out ready to play, and I take full ownership of that. This didn’t have the look or feel of the team we have been striving to be. This looked a lot like the team prior to this year. If we want to still try and make something out of this season, we have a lot of work to do, and a very short time to do it.”
Ella Vogel scored 15 points and was probably the most consistent for the Tigers. She scored seven in the first half, and eight in the second. Yeniah Jackson finished with ten points, six in the second half. Ki Bogan and Taylor Horton each scored nine points. Horton got all nine in the first half and was shut out in the second. After that, Alivia Capshaw ended the night with three points, Emma Winkler had two points, and Martasia Carter chipped in with one point.
A home game awaits the Tigers on Monday, taking on Chaffee who is currently standing at 9-14. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.