There are a couple of reasons why the Cedar Creek girls basketball team has won six games in a row and gotten itself back in contention in the Cape-Atlantic League’s National Conference race, and chief among them is the play of senior guard Jazzy Duverglas.
Along with junior forward Trina Deveney, Duverglas — our Bunting Family Pharmacy Athlete of the Week — has been on fire the past two weeks and has helped the Pirates go from 1-3 to 7-3, including improving to 2-3 in the CAL National after a tough start. It all started on Jan. 12, when Duverglas scored 14 points against Atlantic City, but, more importantly, handled the ball throughout the game against the Vikings’ unrelenting pressure defense.
The Pirates had just a four-point lead at halftime, but racked up 21 points in the fourth quarter to pull away and even their record at 3-3.
“Our guards are all sophomores and freshmen, so things like (turnovers) are going to happen. Every day we work on those kinds of things — time and situation — what to do when we are winning,” first-year coach Jess Sartorio said after that win. “Because of the inexperience we have at our guard positions, we wanted Jazzy to be that confident person, until the other girls develop that confidence in themselves. Tonight, I saw confidence in all of them — Jazzy, mostly, but the other girls had to handle the ball at times also.”
That confidence continued to build, as the following day Cedar Creek scored a big overtime win over a very tough Wildwood team at the Kiss Cancer Goodbye Tournament at ACIT. Duverglas scored 16 points and added 15 rebounds, two assists, a steal and three blocked shots, and connected on several key free throws down the stretch in overtime to help seal the win.
Cedar Creek went on to notch wins over Egg Harbor Township, Oakcrest and Lower Cape May to run its winning streak to six games. She scored 20 points in a 57-40 win over Oakcrest, including four 3-pointers, and added another 16 points in a 52-44 win over Lower Cape May Regional. Duverglas and the Pirates will look to keep their winning ways going on Saturday when they travel to Collingswood.
— Dave O’Sullivan, Staff Writer