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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 16 - January 22, 1998 - 73 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape girls labor during game, but deliver in clutch Ten-point fourth-quarter run, bulls-eye foul shooting lead Vikings over Milford By Susan Frederick A 10-point run midway through the fourth quarter and clutch foul shooting in the final seconds of the game gave Cape a 45-41 victory over Milford Tuesday night. The slim margin was enough to preserve the Vikings' undefeated conference record at 6- 0, while the Lady Buccaneers suffered their first loss of the season.. "I told these girls, 'You're going to make me go into labor early. I've got three months left in this pregnancy," said a smil- ing Josette McCullough moments after the game. "This game really could have gone either way. Both teams played their hearts out. Cape just had the gas left at the end of the game." In the early moments of the final period it looked like Cape was running on empty when the Buccaneer offense, up 30-24 at the end of the third quarter, scored two quick baskets to bring them to a 34-24 advantage at the 6:30 mark, the largest margin of the game. The Milford fans erupted in cheers that seemed to herald the Vikings' first con- ference loss in three years. The cheers subsided quickly, however, as Cape cranked out 10 unanswered points off a pressing defense that forced three Milford turnovers. The score read 34-34 with 4:30 left to play.. For the next two minutes players scram- bled, dove and wrestled for loose balls in Cape's most physical game of the season. At the two-minute mark, Milford rose by one - at 39-38 - on a quick basket by Rory Kemp after she had slipped all alone through-the Cape defense. Cape senior tri-captain Kim Smith would answer with a basket made good off her own rebound to bring the score to 40-39, Cape. Danielle Guerin added one, 30 sec- onds later, to bring Cape to a 42-39 lead. Arshar Smith made the front-end of a one- and-one to put Cape up 43-39 with 40 sec- onds left. Kathy Darling refused to quit as she brought the Bucs to within two - at 43- 41 - with 25 seconds left on the clock. When Kim Smith went to the foul line seconds lat- er, Milford coach Charlie Darling called timeout to ice the shooter. But a cool Smith sank two for two with 16 seconds left on the clock to put the game away for Cape. "We started out slow, like we always do," said Viking senior Kim Smith, who was good for eight fourth-quarter points. "We need to change that. It'sJike we didn't real- ly get going offensively until the fourth quarter." With starters Julie Parseghian and Jessica Witherspoon sitting out the final minutes of the game because of fouls, McCullough turned to reserves Sigita Cahoon and Arshar Smith to bang the boards against Milford's twin peaks of Darling and Leann Silicato. "Those two girls came out and stepped up when we really needed them," said McCul- lough. "I'm very proud of them." The coach also credited the fourth-quarter play of sophomore point.guard Guerin, who threw in six fourth-quarter points for the Vikings. "She's young and needs to gain court expe- rience and confidence," said the coach. "But Continued on page 74 Angie Moon photo Cape's Alexia Waples dribbles past a pick set by teammate Arshar Smith. Elway loc,lked down their throats, yanked tonsils START THE BUS!- I must admit, I had never heard an announcement like the one I heard with six minutes remaining during last Tuesday's Milford at Cape boys' basketball game with the Vikings ahead by 18 points. Scorekeeper and announcer, not to mention Lewes mailman, J.C. Burton, who does a great job announcing the starting lineups, interjected this helpful hint: "Any- one who needs to call for a ride please do it now!" At first, I thought it was a variation of the old "Start the Bus" cheer, which sometimes goes out to a visiting team that isn't getting blown out but has "already done been blowed out." But then Professor Chowder (Dan Mitchell) told me he heard there was a real problem of youngsters hanging around after basketball games. The Burg- er King and McDonald's parking lots also seem to have hanging- around-after-basketball-games problems unless those state police cruisers were just comparing and PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick contrasting the latest innovations in french fries. FIGHT IN THE DOGS- B.J. Joseph and Pete Hayes have been sidekicks for years and are now doing a great job bringing along a perennially losing Laurel basket- ball team into the ring of respectability. "It's hard to change a losing attitude," B.J said before last Friday's game with Cape. "Every day Pete and I have to play psychologist, teacher, friend and coach. A number of locals were hoping B.J' s JOSEPH "Dawgs" would play Cape tough, but frankly that didn't happen. The Bulldogs responded by beating Delmar 91-90 the next game out to even their season record at 4-4. Joseph and Hayes are doing the toughest kind of coaching and doing a great job. CHOPPER STOPPER- John Elway looked down the throats of blue-collar Pittsburgh and yanked their tonsils out. There would be no more "big teeth" jokes after Elway drilled a third-and-seven pass to Shannon Sharp from his own 10-yard line, sending the Broncos to San Diego to face the Green Bay Packers. No more "the ivory bounty hunters are on Elway's trail." No more "the reflection of the sun off Elway's teeth is blind- ing the line- backers on defense." Poor Elway and his broad smile catch more criticism than Sonny Jurgeson's belly or John- ELWAY ny Unitas's haircut ever did. I picked Denver to beat Pittsburgh not because I wanted them to win; I just thought the Broncos had a more-balanced team overall. Now I want the Broncos to win the Super Bowl, not because I think they're the best team overall, but because I'm tired of the Rev. Reggie White and MVP. Bret Favre. Somebody give me some painkillers and an inspir- ing religious pamphlet. YO DADDYO!- I was privi- leged to emcee the Cape Henlopen football banquet last Sunday after- noon and didn't think it was at all strange to have the affair coincide with the NFC championship foot- ball game. "I take full responsibil- ity for that," said booster club member Cliff Graviet, a former colonel in the Delaware State Police. And maybe that was why less than 20 percent of the fathers of the players for one of the bgst football teams in the 30-year his- tory of Cape Henlopen showed up. I know I showed up for every game my three sons ever played because I never knew if I would have to post bail or give my Blue Cross number to'the opposing coach. But all seriousness aside, it's kind of sad to see, or not see, so many fathers not taking part in the lives of their sons. I can think of no excuses, except a big-screen TV and a keg of beer or driving around in a new Dodge Durango with a sunroof. Continued on page 74