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Seahawks smother Tarpons in district title game

February 13, 2018
By ERIC DEVAUX (sports@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Cape Coral High School girls' basketball team's dominant defense was on full display Friday night against Charlotte High School during the District 7A-10 championship game.

With the win, the Seahawks, who are now 22-3 on the year, move onto regional play starting Thursday.

In what was a defense-heavy game, the Seahawks took the district crown in a 43-23 blowout win.

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District champs

The Cape High girls basketball team, which won the District 7A-10 championship Friday, downing Charlotte High, 43-23.

The Seahawks' tough defense was especially on display in the third quarter, when they held the Fightin' Tarpons to only two points all quarter, and those two points came at the free throw line.

"It was good defensively," Seahawks' coach Brian Cruz said. "That's something we have been working on for so long. The girls executed it."

The Fightin' Tarpons didn't get a clean shot all game, due to the Seahawks' smothering double teams and zones.

Passing the ball was also a struggle for the Tarpons, due to pressure from the Seahawks which resulted to a lot of turnovers.

In its previous game against Island Coast, Cape Coral struggled to box out while trying to gather in rebounds. The Seaharks improved on that against Charlotte, making their own second-chance points.

On offense, the Seahawks went on runs in the second and fourth quarter to get a commanding lead.

The Seahawks' Crystal Tisme was the leader of the pack, both making shots and assisting on good playmaking opportunities.

She made her presence known in the second quarter, making three 3-pointers to get a commanding lead that the Seahawks would never lose.

Tisme ended the night with a game-high 17.

Charlotte did go on a run in the fourth quarter, which was its last gasp of air, and its defense finally locked down.

The Tarpons scored 10 points to try and get back into the game, but it all ended when Seahawks' Alexia Poposki hit a game clenching 3-pointer in the final minutes of the game.

Overall, Cruz was ecstatic about the win.

"The girls came to play," Cruz said. "I gave them a little fire just saying they beat us the same way when we first went up there. Every single second they work as hard as they can."

Though, he still knows that his team needs work.

"We got some things to work on,' Cruz said. "We were a little frustrated at the beginning when their zone was not the traditional 2-3 zone. We weren't matching up. We need to adjust quicker."

Score by quarters

Charlotte 5 6 2 10 - 23

Cape Coral 6 12 10 15 - 43

 
 
 

 

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