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Cape girls win backyard battle with Mariner, 53-49

January 20, 2020
By PETE SISK ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Friday's matchup of old rivals Cape Coral and Mariner turned in a matter of minutes.

The Seahawks won Friday night's home girls basketball duel with a comeback 53-49 victory, improving to 12-8 overall and 6-0 in District 5A-11.

Mariner, 14-4, slipped to 1-1 in district play.

The Tritons seemingly took control in the second quarter, pulling away from an 18-all tie midway through the period to lead 31-23 at the break.

However, in the final minute of the second period, something happened that didn't seem all that big at the moment. Mariner's Naomi Darrett, not having committed a foul until that point, was called for two just before the break.

By itself, not that big a deal. However, Darrett was called for a third foul in the opening minute of the third quarter. The senior then took a seat for most of the period.

That allowed Cape Coral to concentrate its defensive efforts on freshman guard D'Yanis Jiminez, who had piled up 18 points in the first half. The Tritons were outscored 11-6 in the third quarter as the Seahawks pulled within 37-34 with one quarter to play.

"We swiitched up our zone," Cape Coral coach Brian Cruz said. "We knew that if we neutralized No. 1 (Jiminez), that's who their offense goes around, we were going to try to make sure she couldn't penetrate.

"Darrett, she's really tough in the passing lanes, you know? Her not be able to play D for them really helped us out a lot."

Yarily Pacheco gave Cape its first lead of the half, 40-39, with 4:38 to play. Haley Lang and Sierra Moore would push Cape to a 46-42 advantage with 3:12 on the clock.

Jiminez responded with four of her six second-half points to pull the Tritons even at 46-46. Lang and Alexia Poposki traded 3-pointers to keep it tied at 49-all. Poposki, however, would be called for her fourth and fifth fouls in the late going. Moore put Cape Coral ahead for good at 51-49. The game's final two points came on Pacheco free throws with half a second to play.

What really turned the game in Cape's favor, however, was dominance on the boards. The Seahawks frequently got three shots on their end, thanks to offensive rebounds, and held Mariner to one shot on most of their second-half possessions.

"Since day one, we have tried to rebound," Cruz said. "Rebound, rebound, rebound. We rebound every day in practice. We do two or three different types of rebound drills."

Jiminez led all scorers with 24 points. Darrett added 11 for the Tritons.

Moore scored 22 to pace the Seahawks, and Lang had 13.

"They have a lot of talent, and it's not going to be a long shot that we'll see them again," Cruz said.

Island Coast 50,. East Lee County 23: The Gators improved to 10-6, completing a season sweep of the 2-9 Jaguars. Island Coast plays host to Ida Baker on Tuesday.

Ida Baker 37, North Fort Myers 24: Baker (3-12) picked up its second win in a row, gaining revenge for a loss to the Red Knights (1-14) earlier this season. North is home against South Fort Myers on Tuesday.

Charlotte 49, Bishop Verot 28: The 15-2 Pirates pulled away in the second half to drop the Vikings to 4-16. Verot travels to play First Baptist Academy on Tuesday.

Oasis 65, Canterbury 37: The Sharks (8-7, 2-0 District 3A-7) are on a four-game winning streak heading into a game

Tuesday at Lemon Bay. Canterbury fell to 5-11, 0-1.

Boys basketball

Mariner 95, Cape Coral 83: The Tritons (13-4, 3-0 District 5A-11) pulled away to defeat the Seahawks (5-10, 1-3). Alto Tarver led Cape with 24 points and K'dyn Waters had 20. Tyler Williams scored 14 and Kyle Barker 11 for the Seahawks.

Ida Baker 66, North Fort Myers 62: Despite a 9-for-28 night at the free-throw line, the Bulldogs (9-11) got past the Red Knights (4-11) to equal their win total from last season. AJ Saso scored 13 points, David Aguirre 12 and Bryan Aguirre 11 for Ida Baker. Jeffrey Krum poured in 31 pionts to lead North. Baker is home Tuesday against Island Coast, while North travels to South Fort Myers.

Bishop Verot 66, Island Coast 30: Israel Torres and Andreas Mantz scoted 17 points each for the Vikings (10-7), with adding 15 points and nine assists. The Gators fell to 1-14. Bishop Verot travels to Ave Maria on Monday to play Donahue Catholic.

Boys soccer

Ida Baker 2, North Fort Myers 1: The Bulldogs (4-12-2, 2-0-2 District 5A-11) broke a 1-all halftime tie to defeat North (2-15-1, 0-1), whidh got a goal from Robert DaSilva.

Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 3, Cape Coral 1: The Seahawks (14-4-3) scored on a Juan Parra goal. Baker will take some time off before playing Estero in its regular-season finale Jan. 30. The Red Knights travel to Evangelical Christian on


Tampa Catholic 6, Bishop Verot 1: The Vikings are 4-7-2. Bishop Verot travels to Labelle on Tuesday.

Girls soccer

Tampa Catholic 2, Bishop Verot 0: The shutout loss dropped Verot to 5-5-1. The Vikings play Saturday at Tampa Berkeley Prep.



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