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Seahawks win district title

February 2, 2013
By PETE SISK - Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

There's still unfinished business for the Cape Coral Seahawks, but the girls had a good night at the office on Friday.

The Seahawks rolled to the District 5A-13 girls' basketball championship by disposing of Lemon Bay 64-41.

The Seahawks (23-1) even came out for warmups in T-shirts that stated "unfinished business" before Friday's game at The Nest. And then then they took care of business.

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Danaria Brice (left) and Samaria Jones celebrate after Cape High won the District 5A-13 championship Friday night.

Cape will play East Lee County, the runner-up in District 5A-14, next Thursday night at The Nest in the quarterfinal round of the Region 5A-3 playoffs. A win there lands the Seahawks in the regional semis against either Lemon Bay (15-11) or Lehigh on Feb. 12. Those two teams play Thursday night at Lehigh.

Cape defeated East Lee 68-28 in November and Lehigh 60-41 in January.

"They're on a roll right now," Seahawks coach Kirk Myers said of East Lee, "nearly winning a district championship."

Friday's win is Cape's third in as many games against the Manta Rays this season.

The Seahawks subdued the Rays with defense and rebounding Friday night. Cape got turnovers or held Lemon Bay to a single shot, while the Seahawks frequently got multiple shots on offensive possessions.

"Defense wins championships," said Myers. "That's what we play. We play defense.'

"The girls worked hard, and we tell them if you work hard you get results," added co-coach Olivia Myers.

As usual the Seahawks' back court led the way. Senior Camary Williams and sophomore McKenna Beach scored 18 points each and were scrambling all over the court, forcing Manta Rays turnovers.

The Seahawks scored the game's first eight points, led 14-2 with 2:49 to play in the first quarter, and held a 20-8 advantage at period's end. All their points in the period came on inside shots or off turnovers.

By halftime, Cape led 38-18. Lemon Bay made a brief run coming out of halftime, scoring the first seven points of the third quarter, but the Seahawks rolled the rest of the way. The margin was 64-37 before the Rays scored the game's final four points.

The game got chippy in the late going, with officials stopping the game briefly to talk to players and bring the physical play under control.

The physical nature of the game didn't bother Kirk Myers.

"It's playoff basketball," he said. "The girls are physical. We may be small, but we are physical."

Lemon Bay 8 10 7 16 - 41

Cape Coral 20 18 11 15 - 64

Lemon Bay 41 - Shirley 6, Lutz 9, Chapman 3, Haley Smith 13, Reid 6, S. Smith 2, Weston 2. Totals: 18 4-12 41.

3PG: Lutz 1.

Cape 64 - Camary Williams 18, McKenna Beach 18, Townsend 9, Mims 9, Ramsay 2, Jones 6, Henry 2. Totals: 26 8-15 64.

3PG: Mims 3, Beach 1.

District 6A-13: Top-seeded Fort Myers raced to a 21-5 first-period lead en route to a 63-40 triumph over Ida Baker Friday night in the district championship game.

Brittney Benvie and Jessie Placher led the Bulldogs with 12 points apiece.

The loss sends the Bulldogs (14-11) to Barron Collier next Thursday night in the Region 6A-3 quarterfinals.

Ida Baker 5 9 13 13 - 40

Ft. Myers 21 14 18 10 - 63

Baker 40 - Ross 4, Nicloy 7, Rodriguez 2, Benvie 12, Placher 12, Del Negro 3. Totals: 17 4-8 40.

3PF: Placher 1, Del Negro 1.

Ft. Myers 63 - Layport 7, Simone 11, Proost 9, Giemme 9, Gillingham 12, Lentz 14. Totals: 25 10-16 63.

3PG: Gillingham 2, Layport 1.



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