If the Cape Coral Seahawks wanted a workout, they got one. The Seahawks opened play in the Diamond Division of the Queen of Palms girls' high school basketball tournament Friday night with a 60-45 win over Miami Florida Christian.
For the Seahawks (15-1), playing on their home court wasn't as easy as the final score might indicate. The teams were tied 38-38 with 1:52 remaining in the third quarter.
In the fourth period, Crystal Townsend helped the Seahawks take control.
Cape co-coaches Kirk and Olivia Myers view the Queen of Palms 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, 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 in front 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 had 30 points for the Patriots.
"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."
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 (60) - Sillevis 10, Jones 5, Beach 23, Townsend 19, Ramsay 3. Totals: 22 9-13 60. 3PG: Sillevis 2, Beach 3, Townsend 1, Ramsay 1.
Gainesville 49, Cape Coral 42: McKenna Beach tallied 16 points and Crystal Townsend 12, but the Seahawks couldn't hold onto a 22-21 halftime lead down the stretch when turnovers played a key role in the seven-point loss.
The Seahawks played for third place in the Diamond Division against St. Thomas Aquinas Monday night.
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, who played without leading scorer Jordan Westendorf who was not due back in the lineup until Monday.
The Sharks (8-6) also lost to Cypress Lake 52-20 in a consolation round game Saturday afternoon relegating them to the seventh place game Monday morning against Charlotte.