Full Court Press Team of the Week: Topsail girls basketball

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HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY)– Topsail girls basketball has just one loss in their past eight games, and that was to the conference leading Laney Buccaneers. Since the loss back on January 8 the Pirates have rattled off four straights win, and it comes with having a one-game-at-a-time mentality.

“We practice a lot and focus on the game ahead and don’t look forward to the upcoming games,” Pirate junior Julia Sullivan said.

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The key to the Pirates’ success on the offensive end has come with a balanced scoring attack. Topsail has six different players who average at least 5.0 points a game, led by Sullivan at 9.5 PPG.

“It’s never like, ‘OK, Lauren, you’re going to score tonight,’ or, ‘Julia you’re going to score.’ It is whoever gets hot. Our goal is let’s just do what works,” Topsail captain Lauren Caveness said.

With their recent hot streak Topsail finds themselves with one of their better records in the past few seasons. The Pirates sit at 14-4 overall with a 6-2 record in Mideastern Conference play. One of the biggest reasons for their success can be credited to their nine upperclassmen.



“Were just so used to each other, and like no one is really new. We’ve all been playing together for years. So we have chemistry and its just all good,” Pirate senior Dashaniq Sidbury said.

Topsail picked up their latest win over the New Hanover Wildcats on Tuesday night setting them up in a good position to claim the 3A side of the MEC. The team says that playing in such a tough conference has them prepared to head into the postseason.

“We are going to face some really good teams like we do every week in conference. I think our conference prepares us for the playoffs. So we will be very battled tested when we go into the playoffs. We just have to compete and see what happens,” Topsail head coach Jay Kapiko said.

The Pirates will put their four game winning streak on the line on Friday night when they host the Hoggard Vikings. Hoggard won the first meeting between the two teams 44-30 back on December 14.