Cape avenges last years Henlopen title loss to Woodbridge, Smyrna captures their second Henlopen title in three years
DOVER, Del- In a repeat of the past two girls Henlopen championship games, the Cape Henlopen Vikings avenged last seasons loss to Woodbridge with the 37-36 victory. On the boys side, the Smyrna Eagles got their second Henlopen title since 2018 with the 59-53 win over Seaford.
Cape Henlopen defeats Woodbridge in final seconds for the Henlopen title in three years
It was part three of the Cape vs Woodbridge Henlopen title game saga. Cape took the first matchup 56-42 and Woodbridge won last season 48-40. The Vikings came into this one a perfect 13-0 while the Blue Raiders with just one loss to Caravel on their record.
The Blue Raiders dominated in the first quarter, forcing eight turnover taking an early 8-5 lead. The Vikings were able to tighten up to tied us up at 12 to end the first and then take a 19-16 lead headed into the break. In the second half, the Vikings began to heat up on defense forcing a few turnovers of their own taking a seven point, 31-24 lead to end the third quarter. In the third, the Blue Raiders gave one last push. With just forty seconds to play, a pass inside to Cha’Kayla Johnson from Janeira Scott resulted in a lay up and the 36-35 lead and what looked like a win. The Vikings had a different idea. With thirty seconds to play, an inbounds pass to Morgan Mahoney for a lay up and the 37-36 lead proved to be the game winner as the Cape Henlopen Lady Vikings captured the 2021 girls Henlopen championship with the 37-36 win.
- Mehkia Applewhite: 17 Points
- Morgan Mahoney: 11 Points
- Julia Saleur: 7 Points
- Ella Rishko: 2 Points
- Reghan Robinson: 10 Points
- Sierra Smith: 7 Points
- Amilleona Palmer: 7
- Janeira Scott: 6 Points
- De’Aysa Jones: 4 Points
- Payton Keeler: 2 Points
Smyrna captures their second Henlopen title since 2018
The Eagles came into the Henlopen title game a perfect 13-0 looking for their second Henlopen championship in three years. For Seaford, it was their first appearance in the Henlopen championship game since 1991 and they were looking to snap that 30 year conference title drought.
From the opening minutes, it looked like it was going to be a good one. Both teams going blow for blow, Seaford took a 17-15 lead after the first quarter. The Eagles were able to outscore the Blue Jays in the second quarter to tie the game at 26 headed to the break. Smyrnas Elijah Credle led all scorers with 12 points at the half, Seafords Brent Ricketts led the Blue Jays with 11.
In the second half, the Eagles opened up on a little run to take a 10 point, 43-33 lead headed to the final eight minutes. In the fourth, Brent Ricketts took over. Ten fourth quarter points for the Sophomore (28 total) as the Blue Jays cut the Eagle lead to three with thirty seconds to play. In the end, Smyrna won the foul game and held on for the 59-53 win and their first Henlopen championship since the 2017-2018 season.