On Friday night, Cape Coral High School girls basketball coach Kirk Myers must have flashed back to a night earlier when his team squandered a 12-point second-half lead to Lehigh in its 58-55 loss. The end result against district foe Island Coast on Friday was much more satisfying, as Deidre Cheremound’s 18 points carried the Seahawks to a 51-46 victory.
Leading comfortably through three quarters, the Seahawks turned over the ball numerous times, allowing Island Coast to turn a 39-22 deficit after three quarters into an intense final two minutes where the Gators had multiple chances to draw even with a made 3-pointer.
“We have a hard time listening. Instead of taking our time getting it up the court against their pressure, we were rushing passes and making poor decisions with the ball,” Myers said. “We found a way to finish it off tonight, but it’s a matter of staying within ourselves going forward.
“We know that teams will put the pressure on us after seeing what has happened to us these two games. When we break pressure and get into our offense, we are a good team that can do a lot of good things.”
Cheremound averaged 23.3 points over her previous three games, and had a strong second quarter, registering eight points to help the Seahawks take a 23-13 lead into halftime.
After being outscored 16-9 in the third quarter, the Gators were fueled by their steady defensive pressure and guards Cherelle Washington and Shania Church to make it a game.
Washington’s 12 fourth-quarter points, and Church’s six points in a span of 70 seconds drew the Gators within 47-44 with 1:35 to go, but they were unable to get any closer.
Cape Coral moves to 16-4 and 11-0 in District 6A-10, while Island Coast fell to 15-6 and 7-4.
Washington finished with 23 points for the Gators.