halls of Cape Hatteras Secondary School echoed with anticipation last
night as the Lady Canes prepared to take on the Tigers of Creswell High
those who had not been to a basketball game all season came in support
of the Lady Canes, packing into bleachers with an excited sense of
pride in their hometown team who went undefeated in their regular
season. Before even entering the gym, the parking lot was overflowing
onto the main highway and a line of fans waited outside the door to see
the Lady Canes secure another victory in the second round of states
competition. Though the Lady Canes are no strangers to winning, they
are not so used to the larger audience which seemed to rattle them in
the first half of the game.
“I think the crowd being so large was a little intimidating to us,” head coach Earl Fountain said after the game.
the Lady Canes bested Creswell to win conference championships just
last week, this time the Tigers refused to go down without a fight. In
fact, Creswell was the first to score a point more than three minutes
into the game on a foul shot. This first point from the Tigers was
certainly surprising, as the Lady Canes are used to racking up several
points on Creswell before they even have the chance to shoot a basket.
Lady Canes soon caught up, however, when senior captain Caroline Gray
stole the ball from an opposing Tiger and dribbled the ball down the
court where junior captain Morgan Fairbanks was waiting to finish with
the second quarter, Creswell was not nearly far enough behind to allow
the Canes to relax their play. While our Canes continued to widen the
gap in points, they struggled to make many of their shots and hold
possession for long. Creswell also drew several foul shots, many of
which they were unable to complete, but which gave them too many
chances to easily score.
the last seconds of the second quarter, both teams were struggling to
hold possession. It seemed as if the Canes’ energy was waning until
sophomore Lexus Meekins scored a buzzer beater to make the score 14-21
in the Canes’ favor at halftime and set the tone for the rest of the
At half time, the Lady Canes were able to settle down and come together as a team to figure out what wasn’t working.
halftime, we talked a lot about what we needed to improve on and made
it our goal to come out in the third quarter with intensity,” senior
captain Savannah Scarborough said.
The Lady Canes certainly did come out with intensity in the second half, and the Tigers were no match for it.
started off with possession and Scarborough scored off of a layup
within the first thirty seconds. Although the Tigers were able to get a
few shots in, Scarborough scored a three-pointer and a subsequent two
points to separate the teams by 10 points. From there, Canes continued
to score over and over again leaving the score at 19-41 Canes going
into the fourth and final quarter.
continued to dominate in the fourth quarter, with Fountain and Thompson
even putting in all of their non-starting players at the same time.
the Canes’ score at more than half that of the Creswell Tigers, fans
began shouting, “Let’s go Hurricanes,” with only thirty seconds left in
the game. With an extra boost from the crowd, Lady Canes came out on
top with a score of 27-59 at the final buzzer.
matter the score, Hatteras students in the student section were in a
constant uproar. Each sported their red, black, and white and waved
encouraging signs, even several with particular players’ faces on them.
Having all of those fans there to support them was a big deal for Lady
Canes, who say it gave them the confidence to finish strong.
was amazing to have such a big crowd and so much support. Just the
positivity and the extra boost really helped give us that extra push,”
As for their next game, Canes are ready to give it their all once again and make their hometown proud.
intense has been a big part of our season, and we intend to play the
rest of the season with more intensity and heart than ever,” Fairbanks
Lady Canes are set to play their third round of six states games tomorrow, February 24 at 5 p.m. in the CHSS gym.
Help pack out the gym once again and give these hard working ladies the support they deserve!
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