Cape Henlopen's 2019 Henlopen Conference Girls Basketball Champions

Cape Henlopen's 2019 Henlopen Conference Girls Basketball Champions

Cape Henlopen's frontcourt smothered Woodbridge's guard-oriented offense, as they won their first Henlopen Conference Girls Basketball title since 2006 with a 56-42 triumph over the previously-unbeaten Blue Raiders.

Cape's defense set the tone early, not allowing Woodbridge to get a field goal until a three-pointer 4:30 into the contest.

Cape Henlopen's frontcourt smothered Woodbridge's guard-oriented offense, as they won their first Henlopen Conference Girls Basketball title since 2006 with a 56-42 triumph over the previously-unbeaten Blue Raiders.

Guard Dania Cannon's drive to the basket helped set up opportunities for Cape's stable of forwards, and they all took advantage.

Abbey Hearn had the best of it with 24 points, including a putback bucket just before halftime that stretched the lead to 25-19.

Hearn hit some mid-range jumpers in the 3rd quarter, while her frontcourt mate Morgan Mahoney was setting up cross-paint passes for easy lay-ups.

Woodbridge forward Cha'Kya Johnson was tasked with trying to slow them down, and she battled her way to 19 points, but the Blue Raiders could not find enough opportunities.

The Blue Raiders would get as close at 39-30 on Johnson's steal and lay-up with 7:40 to go, but an 11-3 answer by Cape Henlopen put the game away, and ended Woodbridge's perfect run.

Cannon added 13 points for Cape (18-3), who earned the No. 8 seed and a first-round bye in the state tournament. They'll host the winner of St. Georges and Lake Forest Friday at 7pm.

Janiera Scott and Sierra Smith each had 9 points for No. 4-seed Woodbridge (20-1), who awaits the winner of Sussex Central and Tatnall in their 2nd round game Friday at 7pm.