It was one of those nights where everything went right for the Appoquinimink girls' basketball squad, and just about everything went wrong for William Penn, as the Lady Jaguars powered to a 48-28 home victory over the visiting Lady Colonials Monday night.
The Lady Jags outplayed Penn from the start, utilizing an upbeat, fast-paced offense that was too quick for the Colonials. The Appoquinimink defense played a smothering defense, for which William Penn could not find the answer.
The Jags quickly established their dominance and built an 18-5 lead after one quarter behind the hot shooting of junior Amber Cale and the playmaking of senior Taylor Bond.
William Penn was able to establish their offense in the second quarter, but still trailed 30-15 at the half.
Both teams played a stronger defense in the third quarter, resulting in a rash of missed shots as the Jags slowed down the blistering pace from the first half.
In the fourth quarter, Appoquinimink reasserted their control over the game, even after coach Micha Edwards cleared the Jaguar bench. The home crowd gave the starting crew a nice ovation for their fine efforts, resulting in the 48-28 victory. As a side note, both teams shot very well from the foul line, with Penn going 6-6 and the Jaguars shooting 14-17 from the charity stripe.
A disappointed Penn Coach Chuck Bartels said he knows his team can play better. "We can play better, we just have to work harder to be successful, and they played very well tonight," he said.
Cale led all scorers with 17 points and grabbed a game-high 9 rebounds for Appoquinimink. She was helped on offense by junior Naiyana Davis who added 8 points and freshman Shirle' Brown with 7 points.
Bond had eight rebounds and five steals for the home team.
The Lady Jaguars next game is Thursday, Jan. 31 at home against Delcastle. The contest begins at 5:15 p.m.
They also play Monday, Feb. 4 at home against Caravel Academy at 5:15 p.m.
William Penn was led in scoring by junior Chardonnay Hope who totaled 8 points on the night. Three other players, Arianna Wallace, and Jessica and Jasalyn Davis-Denkins all helped out with four points apiece.
The Lady Colonials return to action on Saturday, February 2 at St. Mark's, beginning at 1:15 p.m.
William Penn - Kerns 4, Je Davis-Denkins 4, Tordella 2, Manlove 2, Ja Davis-Denkins 4, Wallace 4, Hope 8
Totals:William Penn (11 6-6 28)
Appoquinimink HS - Brown 7, Bond 2, Cale 17, Creek 2, Davis (4 0-0 8), Christie 6, Johannsen 2, Pitts 2, Chrisco 2
Totals: Appo HS (17 14-17 48)