Henlopen Title Game
Standout Soph Weatherly
Photos: Sussex Central center James Cannon (top) and junior forward Orlando Farrow lead the Golden Knights into the Henlopen Conference championship game.
Sussex Central's boys and Seaford's girls will try to avenge regular season losses when they tip off in the Henlopen Conference high school basketball championships this week.
Seaford, which won the Henlopen South girls title, faces North champion Caesar Rodney on Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, in the girls' championship game at Polytech. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
The Golden Knights, meanwhile, go after their first boys' conference championship ever when they face Lake Forest on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Cape Henlopen at 7:30 p.m.
Sussex Central won its first Henlopen North title since 1993 with a 54-48 victory over Cape Henlopen on Feb. 15 but the Knights lost to Lake Forest, 58-57, back on Jan. 12.
That was one of only three losses for the Knights, who went 16-3 in the conference and 18-3 overall.
The Knights may have to try to capture their first title without standout sophomore forward Andrew Weatherly. Knight coach Tim Slade said on Sunday, Feb. 25, that Weatherly has a 50-50 chance to play due to a knee injury.
Slade said Weatherly hasn't set foot on the court since the Vikings' win over Cape. That day, he was on crutches. Slade said what had been a thigh injury has apparently caused a problem with Weatherly's right knee now.
"We hope he'll be healthy enough to play Tuesday," said Slade. "If he can't play, it's definitely a big loss."
Weatherly averaged 11.7 points and 7.4 rebounds a game during the season but he also wreaked havoc on opposing offenses when Slade began putting him at the top of the 1-2-2 zone that proved very effective late in the season.
That could be especially important against Lake Forest guards Dorrell Little and Terrell Hicks, who burned the Knights with their penetration in the regular season meeting and have reached the conference championship game for the third straight season (they lost to Sussex Tech in 2000 and 1999).
"We have to do a better job of stopping guard penetration," said Slade. "They do a very good job of driving in and creating problems for defenses, either by putting us in foul trouble or finding ways to get through our defense. If Andrew was out there, it would be easier with his long arms."
If Weatherly can't go, Slade said he would start either 6-7 forward Layton Wright or 6-3 forward Jesse Makowski in his place.
Besides Weatherly, the Knights have been led all season by 6-4 junior forward Orlando Farrow and 6-5 senior center James Cannon. Farrow leads the team with 17.8 points and 8.6 rebounds a game, while Cannon averages 16.7 points and 7.9 rebounds.
Point guard Leroy Mann, a 5-11 senior, averages 8.1 points and 6.8 assists.
Tickets are $5.
Sussex County Online will provide complete coverage, including championship game video, on Wednesday morning.
Copyright © 1999-2001 Sussex County Online