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nl Ii CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 - 109 Cape guard Tia Felton drives to the basket for two of her game-high 21 points in the victory over Caesar Rodney on Tuesday, Feb. 21, to close out the regular season. Continued from page 108 the basket. "We weren't going to lose," said senior Ka'Von Brittingham. "Not in our house." With 3:27 left to go in the third, the Riders sunk their first basket of the half. Senior Chelsea Palmer and sophomore Rayona Benson added to Cape's score. The fourth period was all out war as both teams aggressively fought to hold on to a lead. With 3:07 to go in the game, CR was up 56-52. Palmer hit two foul shots and Felton followed with a three- pointer to put Cape up by one with 2:36 left. The Riders sunk two, but the Lady Vikings re- sponded. Brittingham, Felton and Benson sent the ball soaring through the net, building a five-point lead. Led by senior Nettie Choice on defense, the Vikings allowed CR one basket in the last two minutes of the game. "It was a tiring, but we played hard," said Palmer. "The team worked really well together." Palmer sank every foul shot she took against the Riders last Tues- day and totalled 19 points. Felton led with 21: Cannon, who reached 1,000 points her junior year, added 16. "The girls shot very well tonight," said Finnegan. "It was a tough game." Finnegan has turned the Lady Vikings basketball program around. Only in his third season at Cape, this victory is the 25th straight conference win for the girls. "We accomplished what we came for," said Felton. "It's on to conference game next." Cape's win over CR earns the Lady Vikings a spot in the Hen- lopen Conference championship game versus Seaford at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at Sussex Tech. The girls ended their season with a perfect 13-0 conference record whil .zoimzr 16-4py iabl. ; Cape's Brett Adkins gets a shot off over Caesar Rodney's Jason Cunningham. By Dave Frederick the outside shooting of Chris Santiago and all-around Cape Gazette staff play of Steve Mesilus. But pressure defen se by the The house lights were on but the electricity was off V'ddngs and baskets by Shemik Thompson, Isaiah Tuesday, Feb. 21, as Cape lost at Caesar Rodney 62- Brisco and Brandon Leggins had the Vikings trailing 57. The Vikings will rest for a couple of days before at halftime 29-27. refocusing on the state tournament which opens on Caesar Rodney freshman Tyshawn Bell completed Wednesday, March 1: a three-point play at the end of the third period giv- "The loss to Sussex Central took a little wind out ing the Riders a 39-36 lead entering the final stanza. of our sails," said Cape coach Dwight Tingle after The Riders began pounding the ball inside in the the game. fourth quarter. A short jumper by Santiago following The Vikings were tracking down a chance to play by a drive and dunk gave the Riders a lead of 49-40. for the Conference Championship until losing to the Cape would battle back and make it close at the Golden Knights last Friday night 49-46. end before losing 62-57. The Vikings were paced by Cape also played last Tuesday night without inside Thompson with 19 points and 15 from Brandon players Ken Thorpe and Mike Pritchett, both of Leggins. The Riders were lead by Chris Santiago and whom were suspended for the game for criticizing Steve Mesilus with 17 each, while Ekundayo Platt officials face-to-face after the Central game. added 11 and Tyshawn Bell 10. "Caesar Rodney is tough underneath, so being down two big men hurt us," Tingle said. "But right NOTES - Caesar Rodney senior Ekundayo Platt now we have to shake everything off, take a few days sang the National Anthem before the game. Brian off and get back and get ready for the tournament." Stewart, Jordan Allen and Jimmy Gill both played Caesar Rodney honored its seniors Tuesday, Feb. well getting increased playing time. Woodbridge 21, and also recognized Coach Tiff McCullough, will battle Sussex Central for the Henlopen who after six years on the job became the all-time Conference championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, winning Rider coach with 117 victories surpassing Feb. 25 at Sussex TeCh. Cape finished the regular the 116 wins of former coach Jeff Savage. season 15-7 overall record and 13-6 in the Henlopen The Riders led throughout most of the first half on Conference. Dave Frederick photos Caesar Rodney head basketball coach Tiff McCullough, center, became the Riders' all-time winningest coach (117 victories) with the win over the Vikings. He received congratulations from former head coach Jeff Savage, left, and former CR district superintendent Dave Robin-