no secret that because Hatteras Island is so far off the map
geographically, Cape Hatteras Secondary School often struggles to excel
athletically. Though, from time to time, teams may have success in the
conference, going beyond is often a rarity. While CHSS has produced
many talented athletes and teams over the years, few have been quite as
successful as this year’s girls’ varsity basketball team.
Lady Canes, under the leadership of head coach Earl Fountain and
assistant coach Molly Thompson, are the first in CHSS varsity girls’
basketball history to go undefeated in both their conference and
overall season. Not only is this an incredible feat, but they are also
the only girls’ varsity team in the state to go undefeated this season,
securing their place in the state playoffs.
Lady Canes, who beat Ocracoke School Wednesday night by a margin of
nearly 60 points and beat Creswell High School 53-28 to win conference
championships Friday night, will play their first states game at home
on Thursday at 6 p.m..
making it through the season undefeated was certainly a victory, the
coaches worry that it could hurt the girls moving into the high-stakes
state competition, as many of the teams in the conference have been
little competition for our Lady Canes. Despite the major score
disparities in their conference games, Lady Canes say they have to play
to a higher level in order to maintain their skills. While each player
averages at least two points a game, the girls have gotten somewhat
used to cutting corners this season but recognize that this style of
play will not work at the states level.
Savannah Scarborough, Caroline Gray, and Morgan Fairbanks say they and
their team are nervous but excited about going to states.
“We’ve worked really hard. We’re ready,” Junior Captain, Morgan Fairbanks said.
obstacles such as three sprained ankles in two days, a particularly
nasty flu season, and the pressure of spring sports starting, Lady
Canes are decidedly not letting anything stop them. Even when something
goes wrong, each player is equally determined not to miss a game or
recent practices, coaches Thompson and Fountain have been training
girls to have an attitude of confidence going into states.
“There’s no option of losing at this point. I feel like if we have this mentality we will go further,” Thompson said.
coaches meet with players after each game to tell them how they could
have played better, which the captains of the team say they appreciate
and need. Even when doing well, they realize, there is always something
to improve. Fountain and Thompson give players an equal opportunity to
express their opinions, and players say they know they can always ask
“They’re there for us 24/7,” Gray said of her coaches.
the team has many strengths such as defense, endurance, and pushing the
ball on the floor, both coaches and players recognize that teamwork is
their biggest strength.
Lady Canes have spent of lot of time this season bonding - eating lunch
together on game days, cooking team dinners, and hosting sleepovers.
This past weekend, the whole team went to Christopher Newport
University in Newport News, Virginia to watch a game together.
this time spent together off the court which has helped the team work
as a unit, always knowing what the other is thinking during game time.
Senior captains, Savannah Scarborough and Caroline Gray say it is this kind of close friendship which makes the team a success.
“We’re all friends on and off the court,” Scarborough says.
a Senior Captain who has made it her goal to score a record-breaking
amount of points in her final season, says this sense of mutual love
and support is what she will be taking with her when she goes to play
college basketball next year.
Fountain says he has enjoyed watching Gray and her teammates progress
and get better as a team over the course of the season. “They all love
each other,” Fountain said. For the Lady Canes, it is not about how
much talent they possess, but about how they use their strengths
together to achieve a seemingly impossible goal: a perfect season.
Lady Canes win Thursday’s game, they will have the chance to play three
more games before making it to the state championship game at the
University of North Carolina.
the team needs now more than anything is support from their school and
community. They hope to see the stands packed out on Thursday with CHSS
“Our season’s not over yet,” Scarborough said.
Come be a part of the team on Thursday and support our Lady Canes!