CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director / Photos Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures
The Capilano Blues (11-0) received a tough test from a Quest Kermodes (4-7) team who stuck within striking distance for the entire game, but in the end Capilano persevered and pulled away down the stretch to earn a 68-52 victory over Quest to stay perfect on the season.
After the Kermodes stormed out of the gate and got out to an early lead, the Blues clawed their way back and exited the first quarter with a 14-9 advantage. The second quarter proved to be pivotal for Cap, as they outscored Quest 19-10 in the frame to go up by 16.
The Kermodes refused to go away quietly, as over the second half they kept it to around a 10-point game. But whenever it seemed they might take over, Capilano hit some clutch shots to restore a more comfortable advantage; Amber Kavanagh and Brittany Wertman both had stretches where they knocked down three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to help make it a 16-point victory.
With Quest causing fits on the defensive end, Capilano relied on balanced scoring and shutdown defence to grind out the win. The Kermodes shot just 28.4% from the floor and 16.7% from beyond the arc, and they turned the ball over 20 times. On the other hand, Capilano committed just eight turnovers compared to 19 assists.
On offence, 10 different Blues players hit the score sheet, with Karyn Nelson leading the way with 11 points thanks in part to 7-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line. Ashley De La Cruz also added to her league-leading assist total with 10 helpers to go along with her seven points.
“Our versatility and depth came through when we needed it,” said head coach Ramin Sadaghiani. “Ten out of 11 players on our roster go on the score sheet. Some of our usual offensive leaders had an off night but other were able to pick up the slack.”
The Blues get back underway tomorrow night at the Sportsplex in North Vancouver with a match-up against the 3-8 Langara Falcons. Capilano took down the 77-53 Falcons in their previous meeting.
“Our rebounding definitely needs to be better tomorrow night,” said Sadaghiani. “Langara is a young team that works hard so we have to make sure we take care of the little things such as rebounding.”
The game will also be televised by Shaw TV Vancouver, and will air on Saturday at 12 p.m.