Heading into the state tournament, the St. Georges Tech girls basketball team ended the regular season by winning 10 games in a row, finishing 17-3.
One of the under-the-radar stories of this year’s basketball season has been the play of the St. Georges Tech girls team.
Just two seasons removed from a 3-17 season, the Lady Hawks sit at 17-3 after winning their 10th game in a row in their regular season finale Feb. 21 at Dickinson.
Trailing 28-25 at halftime, St. Georges Tech outscored Dickinson 19-9 in the third quarter and then pulled away with a 25-point fourth quarter to win 69-49.
The Hawks are solidly in the state tournament picture, trailing only Hodgson in the Blue Hen Flight A.
Entering this week’s play, St. Georges Tech was tied for the third best overall record in the entire state, alongside Delmarva Christian, Conrad and Sanford, sitting just behind Sanford (17-3) and the aforementioned Silver Eagles from Hodgson (18-2).
Quite a turn-around
Fresh off a promising 8-12 mark last year, the Lady Hawks entered the season with plenty of returnees and a new head coach, but a familiar face, in Matt Pecorella, who moved up after serving as an assistant coach.
“Working in the building and coaching these girls as an assistant for two years has led to a smooth transition,” Pecorella said earlier this season. “[Also] allowing the players to have a voice in the direction of the program as important for the team to buy in.”
Pecorella said the team’s underclassmen have stood out because many of them were not only together last season, but played valuable minutes alongside one another on the court as well, giving them an edge most underclassmen don’t have heading into their sophomore or junior seasons.
While the Lady Hawks have seen contributions from nearly their entire lineup, a trio of underclassmen, Aniyah Williams, Trinity Brittingham and Amber Washington, have made their mark this season helping lead St. Georges Tech to early success and momentum which they’ve rode the entire season.
Season of streaks
St. Georges Tech opened the year winning the first six games. Then they ran into some adversity, losing three of their next four including back-to-back losses to Hodgson and St. Mark’s.
However, since that loss to St. Mark’s the Lady Hawks have been perfect, winning 10 in a row.
At the beginning of the season, Coach Pecorella said that the team’s early success was due to working hard every day in practice and buying into the goals they had set for themselves before the first tip-off.
Now, after all of that hard work and belief in themselves and their system, the St. Georges Tech Hawks are headed to the state tournament for the first time since 2010.