Central girls defeat Cape, stay in tie atop the Northern Division

LEWES – On Cape Henlopen’s senior night, it was a Sussex Central upperclassman that took over the game.

But it was a Cape freshman that was the night’s biggest star.

Senior Tatyana Jenkins scored a game-high 24 points Friday to lift Sussex Central (13-5 overall, 9-2 North) to a 40-26 girls’ basketball win over the Vikings.

Tatyana Jenkins scored a game-high 24 points in Central's win. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Tatyana Jenkins scored a game-high 24 points in Central’s win. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

The win kept Central in a loss column tie with Caesar Rodney in the Henlopen North standings. Central – the defending conference champion –  will host Dover Tuesday night in its final regular season game. CR (16-4, 10-2) defeated Polytech Friday in its regular season finale.

Central and CR split their regular season matchups with each winning on the other’s home floor. Whether the tiebreaker will be a rubber match between the two teams or point differential, Knights head coach Ron Dukes said he wasn’t sure after his team’s most recent victory. If the latter is the case, the Riders would win the division.

Overcoming multiple turnovers and an apparent lethargy, Central trailed just once in its battle with Cape (9-10, 4-8). The deficit came seconds after the opening tip and provided the highlight of the evening.

Cape’s McKenzie Sanford gets some love from her teammates. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Cape’s McKenzie Sanford gets some love from her teammates. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Cape’s McKenzie Sanford netted the game’s first field goal to give her team a 2-0 lead. The freshman just missed her first attempt off the back of the iron but after the Vikings got the ball back, she made her second look – a short jumper from just outside the left block – count. It was the first field goal of her varsity career.

Sanford, although her shooting skills didn’t show it, suffers from cerebral palsy.

After Sanford sank the shot, play was stopped as both teams celebrated with her and posed for a photo.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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