Saturday marked the last day of the 8th annual Capital Classic Middle School Basketball Tournament held at Dover Central Middle School, with four Dover area schools playing in championship games.
Halpern Eye Girls Championship
Fifer 23 Providence Creek 39
After posting a 4-6 record, a scrappy Fifer team clawed their way to the finals against a very impressive Providence Creek team in the first championship game on Saturday.
Fifer had gotten this far behind some strong play from Brianna Scott, Jessica Kwasnewski and Alexis Reid. The trio gave them a nice mix of smart guard play to go along with a strong presence underneath the basket. And so far during the tournament, that strategy had worked out nicely for the Lady Riders.
Unfortunately, against a very deep and well-rounded Providence Creek team Fifer could never find their rhythm. As the minutes ticked off the clock, Providence Creek would match every missed Fifer shot with a basket of their own, slowly increasing their lead as time ran down.
Brianna Scott had a strong game for Fifer, scoring a team-high 11 points for the second-place Riders.
Texas Roadhouse Boys Championship
Dover 47 Fifer 25
Two Dover area schools tangled in the Texas Roadhouse boys championship between Dover and Fifer.
Fifer reached the finals with strong play from Nhaighere Wills, Jaylen Farlow and Antwoine Price. Strong point-guard play from JaQuan Hooks helped keep the Fifer offense clicking like a well-oiled machine throughout the tournament.
As for Dover, a relatively inexperienced squad, had posted an impressive 8-2 record and kept that momentum going into the Capital Classic. With a lot of size and athleticism, they were a tough match up for anyone, including the deep Riders.
All of that size and athleticism was too much for the Riders as they fell behind by double-digits early in the third quarter before both squads put 6th and 7th graders in to finish up the game.
“We were a little bit of an inexperienced team at the beginning of the season,” said Dover Head Coach Stephen Poole. “But we really became a pretty good team.”
Kairi Buie led the way for Dover, scoring a game-high 23 points in the win. While perhaps the standout of the evening was Cameron Turner who came into the game late hitting deep three-pointers and electrifying the crowd with some impressive ball-handling skills. Turner finished with 12 points in just over a quarter of work.
As for Fifer, they were led by Hooks who scored 11 in the loss.
McDonald’s Girls Championship
Postlethwait 24 Milford 32
The Postlethwait Lady Riders expected to be in the championship game of their bracket. Finishing with an overall record of 11-0, they were one of the favorites entering the Capital Classic.
However, they drew a tough opponent in Milford who finished just behind the Lady Riders within the standings posting a 9-1 record.
As expected, the two played a very tightly defended game. Every possession down the stretch became an important one and had the crowd sitting on the edge of their seats. After falling behind by 10 with only a few minutes remaining, the Postlethwait girls made one last effort to get back into the game.
While they were able to claw within 6 at one point, they were never able to overtake Milford who got some clutch shots from Jameshisa Baker and Tyra Mifflin.
Postlethwait’s Alissa Haith finished with a game-high 14 but it wasn’t enough for the Riders.