If the Cape Coral Seahawks wanted a workout, they got one.?The Seahawks opened play in the Diamond Divison of the Queen of Palms girls' high school basketball tournament Friday night with a 60-45 win against Miami Florida Christian.
For Cape Coral (15-1), playing on its home court wasn't as easy as the final score might indicate. Florida Christian and the Seahawks were tied 38-38 with 1:52 remaining in the third quarter.
In the fourth period, Crystal Townsend and the Seahawks took control.
Cape co-coaches Kirk and Olivia Myers view the Queen of Palms Tournament as preparation for January's stretch run to the district tournament and beyond.
"Honestly, that's why we play in this tournament," Kirk Myers said. "We knew all the teams were going to be tough, so we knew it wasn't going to be a cakewalk. We stuck to our habits and our discipline and finally we were successful."
Townsend scored nine of her 19 points in the final eight minutes as Cape dominated the period 15-7.
"Crystal is a big man in a guard's body," Myers said. "Crystal does all our dirty things for us, rebounding the ball. She's just a complete player."
The Patriots (10-4) twice rallied to erase Seahawk leads. Cape jumped out 11-4 to open the game, but Florida Christian came back to lead 19-18 early in the second period on back-to-back three-pointers by Nicole Jiminez.
McKenna Beach answered with three threes and Townsend added another as Cape went back up 30-19.
Florida Christian made another charge in the third quarter, with Jiminez's three-pointer tying the score at 38-38.
Julia Ramsay gave Cape the lead for good with a three in the final minute of the third period.
"That's the name of our team, resilient," Myers said.
Beach finished with 23 points, 17 in the first half. Meka Sillevis added 10 points.
Townsend led Cape with seven rebounds, with Beach and Samaria Jones grabbing five each. Beach also had three steals.
Jiminez scored 30 points for the Patriots.
The Seahawks face Gainesville High at 7 tonight. Gainesville defeated Miami Dr. Krop 58-54 Friday.
"I watched Gainesville today and they're going to be a very good, quick team," Myers said. "We've got to make the right adjustments."
In other Diamond Division games at Cape Coral High, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian edged Orlando University 51-49 and Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas beat Riviera Beach Suncoast 66-46.
Fla. Christian 13 11 14 7 - 45?Cape Coral 15 15 13 17 - 60?FLA. CHRISTIAN (45) - Martinez 6, Jiminez 30, L. Jim 3, Wright 4, K. Jim 2. Totals: 13 14-20 45. 3PG: Martinez 1, Jiminez 3, L. Jim 1.
CAPE CORAL (600 - Sillevus 10, Jones 5, Beach 23, Townsend 19, Ramsay 3. Totals: 22 9-13 60. 3PG: Sillevis 2, Beach 3, Townsend 1, Ramsay 1.
Palmetto Ridge 38, Oasis 29: Palmetto Ridge held Oasis scoreless in the fourth quarter to wipe out a third-quarter deficit and with by nine points Friday in the Amber Division of the Queen of Palms Tournament at Cypress Lake.
Samantha Wood tallied 15 points and Katie O'Connor 11 for the Sharks (8-5), who played without leading scorer Jordan Westendorf who is out of town and not due back until Monday.
The Sharks take on Cypress Lake in a consolation round game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.