Lady Canes Basketball: Seasons End, But a Team is Forever
By SARAH ALLMAN
Video by Beth Rooks
came out in full support of the Lady Canes.
The Lady Canes basketball team quickly rose to local fame after going
undefeated for 25 games this season.
Though our Hatteras Lady Canes fell to the rivalling Lady Canes of
Pamlico County to end their season, our conference champs progressed
further in competition than any team from Cape Hatteras has in a long
All season long, the team was led by head coach
Earl Fountain and assistant coach Molly Thompson along with three
captains: junior Morgan Fairbanks, senior Savannah Scarborough, and
senior Caroline Gray. Under their passionate
leadership, the team formed a strong bond not to
be broken by the conclusion of their season, nor the loss of graduating
For many on the team, the court was the one place
that they could leave all the stress of school and home behind to focus
solely on the game. Being able to play with friends was also a relief,
made even better by the fact that the whole team acted like a family.
“It’s fun to play with your friends and get to
know people better in order to create better relationships,” Fairbanks
Some of the best memories from this season were
the ones made off the court, however, and which helped solidify the
bond between players. The Lady Canes remembered fondly their team
hangouts, pranking Fountain and Thompson, and most especially the
overwhelming support from the community they experienced towards the
end of the season.
The team was extremely encouraged by the amount
of fans at their three states playoff games, especially those who drove
the 3.5 hours to cheer them on at Bayboro.
Not only were signs lined up to usher the girls
to their away game, but fans also lined up along N.C. Highway 12 to
encourage the girls as they left. This incredible show of support is
what gave the team the extra push they needed. After having to fight
through a nasty flu season and a tiring extra-long season, the girls
really appreciate all the recognition they have received for their hard
With their success as a team and the support of
their community, the girls have gained a lot of confidence in their
abilities over this season. With their first few wins against Currituck
and First Flight in the Battle of the Beaches Tournament, they made a
habit of winning from then on, and continued to secure the title of
conference champions. The Lady Canes have put their all into this
season because they care about this sport, their team, and the pride of
their community. They worked hard all season, so it was nice to see it
pay off - especially for the seniors.
Sadly, this is the Lady Canes’ last season with
their 3 seniors: Scarborough, Gray, and Emma Alvarez.
Though only Gray plans to play basketball in
college, each of them has learned valuable lessons that they will take
with them to college and beyond.
“This season has taught me [never] to give
anything just 50% because the time is going to come when you would do
anything to do it again. Basketball has taught me how to persevere, be
confident, and be a leader for others,” Scarborough said.
“Basketball is something I have always wanted to
play at the next level since I was a little kid. It is something to me
- even winning or losing - that is still worth it no matter what,” said
The hardest part of losing in the fourth round of
the States competition was not having the opportunity to come back and
win again. After an incredible 25-game undefeated streak, however, that
one loss will not be what this team remembers of their season. Instead,
they will remember the close friendships which were solidified during
the season, and which will continue throughout their lives.
All in all, coaches Fountain and Thompson are sad
to see their season end, but enjoyed seeing the team grow as
individuals and as a team throughout the season.
“You never know in life what someone is going
through, and I hope that as a coach I had a positive influence on
them,” Fountain said.
The girls would certainly say that he did.
Fountain and Thompson’s leadership and support is
what brought the team together as a family and is ultimately what made
them successful this season, and in the future.
“Our coaches want to win and really won’t settle
for any less. Earl and Molly had a huge hand in our accomplishments
this year, and gave us the extra push to help us get there,” Gray said.
For next season, the coaches hope to schedule
games with stronger teams outside of our conference in order to prepare
Lady Canes for playing on a higher level at states.
With lots of work in the off-season, the team
believes they can make it even further than they did this season.
By making habit of winning and being like a
family, Lady Canes have a powerful momentum that will surely continue
into the next season.