Cape Gazette

Cape girls drop fourth straight game 63-46 to Sussex Central

Vikings travel to Caesar Rodney Jan. 8
By Nick Roth | Jan 07, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth Cape senior forward Kadijah Doughty grabs a loose ball in her offensive zone during the Vikings' 63-46 loss to Sussex Central Jan. 4.

Lewes — The Cape Henlopen girls' basketball team came back from a two-week break with a few new faces, but the end result was the same. The Vikings suffered their fourth loss in a row this season Jan. 4, falling 63-46 to Sussex Central at home.

“I'm disappointed that we lost the game, but I think we found a player in our freshman point guard Maddie Smith,” said coach Lamont Hazzard. “I think we're going to put together some wins now. That sounds weird coming off a 17-point loss to Central, but I think we found our rotation and we're going to start building from that.”

Hazzard said Smith joined the team over the holiday break. She transferred to Cape from Downingtown East High School in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She tallied seven points in her first game in a Vikings uniform.

Senior guard Emily Baptiste rejoined the team after being sidelined for several weeks with a wrist injury. She saw limited action in her first game back, scoring two points. Hazzard said her presence on the court will be an important factor in upcoming games.

“I think she favored her hand a lot [against Central],” he said. “It's going to be big [having her back]. We actually have someone who can knock down some jump shots. It's hard to win a basketball game when you only make two jumpers, but it's looking up.”

Despite the positive player news, it wasn't the start Hazzard and his team were hoping for coming off the break. The Golden Knights jumped out to a 15-2 lead to open the game. However, in the final 2:10 of the first quarter, Cape cut the deficit to seven points. By the tail end of the second quarter, the Vikings crept to within four points of Central, but the Knights went on a short run at the end of the period to get the lead back to eight points.

The second half started much like the first for Cape, as Central came out of the locker room to open the third quarter on a 13-2 run to bury the Vikings 17 points behind. Central built its lead to as many as 21 points before settling for the 17-point victory.

“We showed flashes of the good things that can happen, but we still made a lot of little mistakes. I think a lot of that is because of the chemistry,” Hazzard said.

Senior Kadijah Doughty led the way with 17 points despite fouling out of the game with 5:37 left in the fourth quarter. Doughty was away from the team on vacation for 10 days, and Hazzard said she'll only get better after she works the rust off.

Junior Alyssa Miller scored six points, and Madison MacElrevey and Alison Palmer each added five points.

Cape will travel to Caesar Rodney for a game at 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8. The Riders are 4-5 this season, but beat Central by 8 points earlier this season. The Vikings will then travel to Dover Tuesday, Jan. 15, for a game against the Senators at 7:15 p.m. Dover is 2-5 so far this year.

Cape freshman Maddie Smith works against Central's Taylor Pritchett. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Junior forward Ellie Sutton looks for an open teammate during an in-bound play. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Freshman guard Maddie Smith makes a move to get around Sussex Central's Taylor Pritchett. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Senior guard Emily Baptiste lines up a three-pointer in her first game back from injury. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Freshman Maddie Smith drives into the lane. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Senior Emily Baptiste finds an open teammate. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Junior Ellie Sutton is hounded by Central's Jasmine Hudson. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Senior Kadijah Doughty puts the ball back up after grabbing an offensive board. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Freshman Alison Palmer eyes a loose ball in her team's offensive zone. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Freshman Maddie Smith unleashes a one-handed pass down to Kadijah Doughty under the basket. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Freshman Alison Palmer battles for position with Central's Jada Smack. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape coach Lamont Hazzard instructs his team from the bench. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
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