The DIAA Girls Basketball State Tournament Second Round wrapped up Friday night, with the top eight seeds all advancing to the quarterfinals this Sunday at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Now, 24 seeds are down to just eight, with No. 1 Caravel Academy, No. 2 Sanford, No. 3 Conrad, No. 4 Hodgson, No. 5 St. Thomas More, No. 6 St. Elizabeth, No. 7 Ursuline Academy and No. 8 Howard all moving onto the elite eight.
No. 18 Caesar Rodney 27, No. 2 Sanford 61
No. 2 Sanford advanced to the state quarterfinals on Friday night, defeating No. 18 Caesar Rodney, 61-27.
The Lady Warriors jumped on the Lady Riders early and never looked back.
Sanford held CR to just eight first half points, taking a 21-point into the halftime break. They’re lead continued to grow in the second half thanks to strong games from Samantha Pollich, Lauren Park-Lane and Olivia Tucker, who all finished in double-figures.
Pollich led all scorers with a game-high 18 points in the win for Sanford. Meanwhile, Park-Lane finished with 14 points and Tucker ended the night with 12 points.
CR junior Kylie Kornegay-Lucas led the way for the Lady Riders, scoring a team-high eight points.
Caesar Rodney advanced to the second round with a 70-34 win over Delmarva Christian in the opening round. The Lady Riders finished the season 14-8 overall.
Sanford moves onto the quarterfinals Sunday at the BOB, taking on No. 7 Ursuline Academy at 2:30 p.m.
No. 5 St. Thomas More 42, No. 21 Sussex Central 40
No. 5 St. Thomas More advanced to the girls quarterfinals, holding on to win, 42-40, over No. 21 Sussex Central on Friday night.
St. Thomas More led the majority of the game, holding a nine point lead after the first, second and third quarters. However, the Lady Golden Knights made a run in the fourth, holding St. Thomas More to just two points in the quarter. Late in the game, with the deficit cut to just two, an errant Sussex Central inbounds pass sealed the victory for St. Thomas More.
Jessica Simmons led all scorers for St. Thomas More, finishing with 12 points. Meanwhile, teammate Aniah Patterson ended the night with 11 points.
Azayah Garrison and Tameeyah Bowden paced the Sussex Central effort, finishing with 10 points apiece in the loss.
Sussex Central’s season comes to an end after posting a 9-11 mark during the regular season before advancing to the second round of the state tournament after a 23-point win over Newark Charter in the opening round.
St. Thomas More advanced to the state quarterfinals Sunday at the BOB, taking on No. 4 Hodgson at 4 p.m.
No. 8 Howard 63, No. 9 Sussex Tech 39
No. 8 Howard advanced to the state quarterfinals, defeating No. 9 Sussex Tech, 63-39, on Friday night.
Howard led by just six points at the halftime break, but pulled away in the second half.
The Lady Wildcats exploded in the third quarter gaining a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter where they’d outscore the Lady Ravens 19-14 to walk away with a 24-point victory.
Howard move onto the state quarterfinals where they’ll take on No. 1 Caravel Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
No. 1 Caravel Academy 77, No. 16 St. Georges Tech 46
No. 1 Caravel Academy advanced to the state quarterfinals Friday night, defeating No. 16 St. Georges Tech, 77-46.
After taking a seven-point lead in the first quarter, the Lady Bucs held St. Georges Tech to just five second-quarter points, increasing their advantage to 14, 33-19, at halftime.
Behind 42 combined points from Karli Cauley and Sasha Marvel, Caravel ran away with things in the second half, punching their ticket to the BOB on Sunday.
Two Lady Hawks finished in double-figures Friday night; Amber Washington led the way with a team-high 17 points, while Trinity Brittingham ended the night with 12 points. The two also combined for five three-pointers in the loss.
St. Georges Tech finished the regular season with an impressive 17-3 record, before advancing to the second round of the state tournament after defeating Woodbridge, 55-42.
The No. 1 seeded Lady Bucs advance to the state quarterfinals on Sunday, taking on No. 8 Howard at 5:30 p.m.