CFA Girls Basketball Team Sweeps in Holiday Tournament

Experience paved the way for the Cape Fear Academy girls’ basketball team in its game against Topsail on Friday.

Cape Fear Academy’s Tayah Lowery (45) grabs a rebound in front of Topsail’s Amberly Wolf (25) and Candaus Banks (35) during the Cape Fear Academy Holiday Basketball Tournament on Wednesday.  Photo by Mike Spencer

By McLeod Brown

Published: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 11:03 p.m
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After jumping out to a quick nine-point lead in the first quarter, the Hurricanes watched that cushion evaporate as the Pirates pressured the host team into committing turnovers.

By the third quarter, the Pirates had tied the score at 17-17 before Hurricanes coach Ray Beatty pulled his seniors aside to deliver a message.

“I didn’t get nervous because we’ve been there before,” Beatty said. “We’ve been down big before and came back to win games. I was surprised we got that big lead at first. I think the kids kind of got comfortable there, started getting a little fancy with the crowd cheering them on. I just had to calm them down and let them play fundamental basketball.”

Getting back to basics was all it took for the Hurricanes to pull out a 33-27 victory over Topsail in the second day of the Cape Fear Academy Holiday Tournament.

With the score knotted at 19 early in the fourth quarter,Hurricane senior Tayah Lowery was fouled on a layup attempt.

Her free throw gave Cape Fear Academy the lead for good.

The senior finished with nine points and 10 rebounds on the night, while freshman Azariah Fields finished with nine points as well.

Senior Maddie Buren led the Hurricanes with 11 points.

The game turned out to be much closer than it appeared at the start.