Even after another shaky fourth quarter, the Appoquinimink girls basketball team found away to win and are now in the state tournament’s Final Four.
Ashley Smith scored five of the Jags’ last seven points after St. Mark’s made it close, helping Appo take a 49-39 decision at the Bob Carpenter Center Saturday afternoon.
“For some reason the last couple of games, the fourth quarter’s been my quarter,” Smith said. “We’ve come too far to lose now. We want to go to the championship.”
“Ash made sure whatever shot she put up was going in," Jags coach Daniel Pisani said. “She had two big baskets for us."
It looked for a while like Appoquinimink (21-2) would cruise to the semifinals, but the Spartans, led by 15 second half points from Jenna Wolff, sliced a 14-point lead to three with 2:15 to go in the fourth quarter. Smith banked in a lay-up out of the timeout and after Taylor Bond’s steal and lay-up with 1:20 to go, Appo could breathe easy.
“I don’t know if we like to make it exciting, but we don’t close, then we do close,” Pisani said.
The Jaguars will play second-seeded Ursuline Wednesday night in the state semis at 6:30 p.m.
Amani Clark led Appoquinimink with 20 points while Smith added 14 and Bond contributed six points.
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