MacRae helps CFA overcome cold shooting
Mon. November 19, 2012 at 11:51 p.m. | By Powell Latimer | StarNews Staff Writer
Jonah Attoe (right) dribbles around Evan Head as Cape Fear Academy hosts the Wilmington Christian Academy boy's basketball team Monday Nov. 19, 2012. (Photo by Photo by Paul Stephen)
Early-season games are about building confidence, and Cape Fear Academy’s boys basketball team did some building Monday night. The Hurricanes outlasted Wilmington Christian Academy 59-54.
“It builds resilience over time,” Cape Fear Academy coach Loren Baysden said of close wins. “They start to get used to it, and then when they get down in the future they have that mindset of ‘We’re winners. We’re going to win.’ ”
One place the Hurricanes (2-1) know they can now go to in crunch time is Daniel MacRae at the foul line. The senior was perfect on free throws and 11 of his 17 points came from foul shots.
MacRae’s three-point play at the end of the first half gave the Hurricanes a three-point lead, and his free throws with 18.8 seconds left sealed the win.
The Hurricanes needed the boost – in Monday’s game and the previous game, Baysden said his team was 3-for-37 on 3-point shots. But CFA won both games.
“We’re 2-1 now, and both wins came from nights that we weren’t shooting the ball well,” Baysden said. “The free throws are what kept us in it and ultimately got us the win.”
Cape Fear Academy hit six of its 10 foul shots in the fourth quarter to keep Wilmington Christian at bay and hand the Patriots their first loss of the season. Wilmington Christian tied the game in the second half several times, but couldn’t take the lead.
Dominik Moenke added 17 points and Evan Head scored 11 for CFA.
Wilmington Christian’s final tie, at 47-47, came with 6:03 to play, but Cape Fear Academy responded with a 6-0 run and WCA couldn’t rally.
“They were just a little more disciplined than we were offensively,” Wilmington Christian coach Craig Wheeler said. “We were two pretty evenly matched teams.”
WCA 31, CFA 26
For three quarters Monday, Wilmington Christian couldn’t hit anything. That all changed in the fourth quarter.
The Patriots turned an anemic offensive night around with one quarter of hot shooting.
“The shots just started falling,” Wilmington Christian coach Jeff Attoe said. “They were falling like rain.”
Wilmington Christian (1-2) trailed 21-20 heading into the fourth quarter, unable to stop CFA’s forwards Grace Andrews and Nicole Miller. But in the fourth quarter, the Patriots’ shooters finally found their mark.
Wilmington Christian shot 5-for-9 in the final period. Sierra Thomas, Jensen Attoe, Kalli Herchenhahn and Meredith Bunn all hit jumpers and the Patriots blew past Cape Fear Academy (0-3).
“It’s exciting,” Attoe said. “Because it gives them confidence.”