Alice Allen, CFNN Reporter
Last week, the Cape Fear Lady Colts picked up a much-needed conference victory over Gray’s Creek.
The Colts started quickly and began the game with a 17-2 run over the course of the first five minutes of the game. The fast pace was difficult for Gray’s Creek to match, as the Colts pressed the Bears from the first minute of the game.
Several quick steals and turnovers allowed the Colts to build a strong lead in the first half, holding the Bears to 5 points in the first half.
Emilie Allen, Grace Blake, and Skylar White all chipped in to score for the Colts as they made quick work of the Bears.
By the start of the second quarter, the Colts extended their lead to 23-5. The Colts accredited their success to tough defense and timely shots.
“We really executed our 2-2-1 press very well. We put a lot of pressure on them. Most importantly, we were able to put pressure on the ball, and that was key in how big we won. Our defense was tough,” said Head Coach Brian Graham after the game.
Emilie Allen, Cape Fear’s senior captain, played a tough game in the paint for the Colts.
“They beat us the first time we played, and this time we came back and smacked them by over 30 points,” Allen said after the game. “Everybody really did their own individual part, and we have more heart than any other team.”
The second half found the Colts picking things up right where they left them at the end of the second quarter. With the score now 44-11 and the Colts extending their already commanding lead, they continued to press their advantage.
The third and fourth quarters continued much the same for the Colts, as their suffocating defense was too much for the Bears to handle. Grace Blake added six more points to the Colts’ tally, putting the game out of reach for Gray’s Creek.
The Colts were extremely excited about this win. It jumpstarts their post-season hopes and keeps them in a hunt for a playoff berth.
“Things are really going our way right now, and this game just gives a peek into how much work we’ve put in to changing the culture of girls basketball at Cape Fear,” Allen added of the season as a whole.
As the final buzzer sounded, the Colts put in an impressive performance. With their 65-31 victory over the Bears, the Colts now sit at 8-9 overall, and 6-6 in Patriot Athletic Conference play. The ladies currently sit at 5th place in the PAC with hopes to keep moving forward. The ladies will be back in action tonight against conference foe Westover. Come check out the team!