Caravel Academy's girls' basketball team improved to 2-0 on the young season with an impressive 60-31 home victory over Polytech Monday night.
While the Lady Buccaneers' offense had little difficulty in scoring baskets throughout the contest, Caravel's ball-hawking defense smothered the Lady Panthers throughout most of the evening.
"We are happy with the win, but we were not sharp in all phases of the game," said Caravel Coach Kristen Caldwell. "We need to work on our shooting, and we will work on that during practices," she said.
Caravel scored early and often in the first half against the Panthers defense while forging a 41-14 lead at the break.
The Bucs forced numerous turnovers to start the game, totally disrupting the Panthers offense, especially their transition game.Polytech had trouble at mid-court, as Caravel's guards disrupted the Panthers' passing lanes. This resulted in a number of easy layups for the Lady Bucs.
"Our defense played well tonight," said Caldwell, "and we were able to put a lot of pressure on the ball. We have some smart players on the court and we had good communication during the game. It's still early in the season, so we still need to improve in some areas."
Caravel's Micah Morgan and Ky'Asia Stanford work on defense contributed to nearly 20 steals by the Lady Bucs. Polytech protected the ball in the 4th quarter and won the period 9-8, but the Panthers were unable to get back into the game.
Morgan had big game, grabbing nine rebounds, dished out four assists, and had four steals for Caravel. Stanford had six assists and five steals, and Jessica Reynolds had eight rebounds and four steals.
Polytech fell to 1-2.Caravel plays again on Thursday, Dec. 19 at Caesar Rodney, and Polytech hosts Cape Henlopen on Thursday.