While no one was in a mood to look back on the season that had just ended, Appoquinimink girls basketball coach Daniel Pisani was pleased with the Jaguars’ 21-win campaign following their 58-44 loss to second-seeded Ursuline in the state semifinals Wednesday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.
“21 wins, a conference championship, a trip to the Bob - these girls have nothing to be ashamed of,” Pisani said after the game. “When you look at the final four teams - St. Elizabeth won in ‘07, Sanford’s won the last two, Ursuline won ‘05, ‘06 and ‘08 and there’s us - just in our fourth year as a school.”
The third-seeded Jaguars never had a lead against the Raiders, but never gave up fighting until the final buzzer. Senior guard Amani Clark led Appo in scoring for the final time with 16 points, while junior center Taylor Bond added nine points and 14 rebounds and sophomore forward Amber Cale contributed eight points and 11 boards.
Clark, Alyssa Minner and Angela Harper are the three seniors that will be moving on after this season and Pisani was grateful to have those players to help build the program up.
“I told them I love them and I can’t thank them enough for the past four years,” he said.
With Bond, Cale and Ashley Smith returning for 2012-13, the experience of this year is one Pisani hopes will motivate everyone coming back next year.
“Being on this court is a big learning experience for us. We have three great starters coming back as well as some younger kids and I fully expect us to be back here at this point next year,” he said.
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