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Cape girls tame the raging River 59-39

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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Cape Henlopen assistant coach Will Edwards says, "This is our shot"

Indian River posted a 13-7 Record last season, including a state tournament win over Padua, and lifted from the launching pad this season winning the first seven games before coming back to earth with losses to Milford and St. Elizabeth's.

But make no mistake - behind power forward/guard Destiny Blake the Indians are a threat that could knock any team into the loss column.

Cape defeated Indian River on the road Tuesday, Jan. 18, 59-39, improving to 8-3 on the season, but the Vikings are still searching for the chemistry that will get them "back to the Bob" and another shot at the big prize.

"We were missing something in this game tonight," said assistant coach Will Edwards after Cape nursed a 17-point halftime lead to win by 20. "This is our shot with seniors Meg [Bartleyt, Johnesha [Warren] and Taylor [Harris]. We stayed with Ursu-line, leading them by 8 at the half and they go 10 deep. Many people consider them or Smyrna to be the best in the state, and we want to be in that conversation. These last nine games all the players need to get better and hungrier."

The Vikings led the Indians 15-9 at the end of the first quarter, then ran a 19-8 crooked number at the River in the second stanza behind the three-point shooting of Emily Baptiste and Johnesha Warren.

Baptiste, a sophomore, showing flashes of her outside shooting and ball-handling talents, finished her most productive high school game with 14 points, including three jumpers from downtown. Warren led Cape with 18 points while steady Bart-ley contributed 11 markers.

Cape also got the usual stellar defensive effort from Jacki Cov-eleski, who scored 7 points, and got rebounding help inside from Kadijah Doughty and Jaclyn Ott.

The Indians were paced by junior Destiny Blake, who scored 18 points. Cape hosts Caravel (7-4) at 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, before a showdown at Smyrna (11-1) Tuesday, Feb 1. Smyrna's only loss came to Cardinal O'Hara of the Philadelphia Catholic League.

Note: Cape lost at Ursuline Friday, Jan. 14,53-47 after leading 28-20 at halftime.

The Raiders (9-1) responded in the third quarter, outscoring Cape 18-10 to tie the game at 38 by the end of the period. Ursuline kept up the second-half pressure in the fourth, winning 53-47. Cape was paced by Warren's 20 points. Bartley and Harris each scored 10.

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Original Publication Date: January 21, 2011

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