It was senior night at the Falmouth High School on Friday night, and this year’s crop of outgoing seniors gave a fine showing to the home crowd, with the lady Yachtsmen beating Cape Elizabeth 59-31.
The Capers, who were playing with only one senior on their squad, won the initial tip-off but quickly turned the ball over, leading to a quick Falmouth score. Turnovers were a common theme throughout the night, as Cape turned the ball over on their first four possessions of the game. Falmouth got off to an early lead and at the end of the first frame held a 15-3 edge.
Though Cape continued having trouble maintaining possession of the ball – they committed 17 first half turnovers – they showed resurgence in the second quarter, matching Falmouth’s point total of 14 for the period. Falmouth junior forward Haley Jordan scored repeatedly in the first half, most of her buckets coming from back-door cuts where her teammates would thread quick passes in to her for easy lay-ups. Cape was able to answer at the time with help from sophomore Ruth Perkins, who at one point in the second scored on four consecutive possessions. Perkins’ eight points led the way for Cape. Midway through the game, Falmouth lead 29 -17, and the 12 point deficit would be the closest Cape got.
What little momentum the Capers garnered in the second quarter was gone after the half, with Falmouth coming out with hot hands and an even stronger defense that limited Cape Elizabeth to just seven third quarter points. The key to the Yachtsmen’s defense was their full-court press that hampered Cape’s ability to move the ball upcourt. Cape had a hard time all game inbounding the ball during the press, and when they could, they would often be trapped and be forced to turn the ball over. Couple this strong defense with solid shooting from Falmouth’s Alison DerHagopian (10 pts.) and Morgan Furman (14 pts.) and the result was Falmouth going into the last quarter with a 25-point advantage.
Cape Elizabeth played hard until the last minute, getting some nice fourth quarter buckets from sophomore Morgan Pillsbury and sophomore Gabe Donahue. In the end though, top-ranked Falmouth was too much for the Capers to handle.