Appoquinimink defeated Conrad 43-39 Tuesday in girls basketball

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The Appoquinimink girls basketball team came roaring back from a third quarter deficit to defeat Conrad School of the Sciences Tuesday night in the opening round of the DIAA state basketball tournament.

The Lady Jaguars faced a six-point Redskin lead and elimination from the playoffs as the fourth quarter began.

“We had the jitters early in the game, and we were a bit hesitant, but when the fourth quarter rolled around, we knew we had to go for it, it was do or die for us,” said Jaguar coach Micah Edwards. “We had a lot of experience out on the floor in Amber Cale, Briona Creek and Shirle’ Brown and Naiyana Davis, and they stepped up big for us at the end.”

The Lady Jaguars stepped up in a big way, outscoring the Lady Redskins 12 points to one to start the final quarter and build a 35-30 lead. Davis was big factor in the Jags scoring burst as she drove the lane, scoring four points on a layup and two free throws, but more importantly opened up the floor for the other players to get some open shots. With 1:48 remaining, Appo had built a 42-34 advantage before Conrad called a time out to settle things down.

The game started very slowly for the Jaguars as 19th-seeded Conrad raced to an 11-4 lead after the first quarter. But the game turned around quickly in the second as Appo found its offense and gained a 17-15 edge on a basket just before halftime. Conrad returned the favor in the third quarter, taking a 29-23 lead, and setting up and exciting finish that had fans on their feet and cheering their respective teams until the final buzzer.

“Teamwork and wonderful coaching helped us at the end, and playing better defense.” said Naiyana Davis. “We really play as a team, when we’re down, we pick each other up, and we motivate each other on the court,” she said.

Brown led the Jaguars with 14 points, while Davis had 13, and Cale added 12. Lindsay Burg and Jasmine Watson led Conrad with ten points each and Meghan Kane had nine points.

Conrad finished its season with a 16-5 season. Appoquinimink is now 13-8 and will play at Caravel on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the second round of the tournament.