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Seahawks overpower Sebring 59-36

February 7, 2014
By JONATHAN BLIKSTAD - Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape Coral came out strongly against Sebring, overpowered them and never looked back on the way to a 59-36 win Thursday night at The Nest.

The Seahawks scored early, played good defense, built a big lead and continued to increase that lead throughout the remainder of the game. Cape outscored Sebring in every quarter.

Julia Ramsey got the game started quickly for the Seahawks with three three-pointers in the first quarter. Cape was up by 10 at the end of one. Sebring never seemed to get on track offensively.

"As the season has gone on, I've become more shot-ready," said Ramsey. "I also feel like I pass well, which helps out McKenna (Beach) and Crystal (Townsend)." Ramsey finished with 12 points.

Beach finished with 13, and Meka Sillevis added 10.

Seahawks coach Kirk Myers was pleased with the win, but felt his team could have played better.

"I thought the intensity could have been higher for playoff basketball," he said. "We knocked down some threes, but we could go up two notches defensively."

He was pleased with the play of Townsend, who scored only two points in the first half.

"We took her aside and said, 'Crystal, you're a senior and this could be your last game, so let's show up.' I was happy to see her take it to heart and play a great second half," he said.

Townsend ended up with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead all scorers.

With Ramsey's hot first period, Townsend's explosive second half and a consistent game from Beach and Sillevis, the Seahawks were no match for Sebring.

"We're prepared for whatever the teams throw at us," said Myers. "If they play zone, then we'll shoot from the outside. If they play man-to-man, then we'll try to penetrate the lane."

The Seahawks advance to the regional semifinal round on Tuesday at Lemon Bay.

Sebring 5 6 12 13 - 36

Cape Coral 15 10 15 19 - 59

SEBRING (36) - Wiley 10, Burnet 6, House 11, Dawkins 7, Powell 2. Totals: 13 7-9 36. 3PG: 3.

CAPE CORAL (59) - Sillevis 10, Ramsey 12, Townsend 18, Beach 13, Jones 4, Hanley 2. Totals: 22 8-11, 3PG: 7.


Mariner 15, Island Coast 0: Mariner cruised to its first victory of the season Thursday with a five-inning shutout win at Island Coast.

Lindsey Nelson drove in six runs for the Tritons while pitcher Kaylyn Friday allowed three hits in recording the win.

The Tritons (1-1) host Riverdale on Tuesday.

North Fort Myers 2, Fort Myers 0: Kaylee Morgan cracked a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give North Fort Myers its first victory of the season Thursday night.

Mackenzie Peterson allowed two hits and struck out 10 batters to win the pitching duel. Fort Myers (0-1) pitching also allowed just two hits with eight strikeouts.

The Red Knights (1-0) host Island Coast on Tuesday.


Thursday's matches:

(Boys) Ida Baker 6, Mariner 1

Singles - 1. Ethan Littlestone (IB) def. Cole McNeely 6-0, 6-0; Brandt Williamson (IB) def. Amlan Bhattacharjee 6-0, 6-0; Jordan Diggs (IB) def. Ethan Ramirez 6-0, 6-0; Drayton Diggs (IB) def. Cameron Swartz 6-0, 6-0; Chris Carrillo (IB) def. Ryan Robertson 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles - McNeely-Bhattacharjee (M) def. Bry.Williamson-Lucas Wiles 8-4; Ben Mikell-Nelson Mateo (IB) def. Ramirez-Swartz 8-3.

Record: Baker 2-0

Next: Baker at North Fort Myers, Tuesday

(Girls) Mariner 5, Ida Baker 2

Singles - Katia Khatskevich (M) def. Leah Meredith 6-1, 6-3; Holly Fritz (M) def. Emily Hauff 6-0, 6-1; Molly Fogle (M) def. Jennifer Schumann 6-3, 6-3; AlisonVives Vietri (IB) def. Katie Vandemer 6-3, 6-2; Mackensie Chatpell (IB)def. Lexi Perum 4-6, 6-4 (10-8)

Doubles - Khatskevich-Fritz (M) def. Meredith-Hauff 8-2; Fogle-Vandemer (M) def. Schmann-Vives Vietri 8-4.

Record: Mariner 1-0

Next: Baker at North Fort Myers, Tuesday

Sports editor Jim Linette contributed to this report.



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