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St. Mark’s boys use defense, 15-point run to defeat Sussex Central


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MILLTOWN – St. Mark’s took control of Sussex Central with a 15-0 third-quarter run, then held off the pesky Golden Knights for a 49-38 win in boys basketball on Monday night.

The Spartans had a 20-16 halftime lead, but a free throw and field goal by Shyheim Ayres made it a one-point game early in the second half. Sussex Central had a chance to take the lead on an over-and-back violation by St. Mark’s, but the Knights committed a turnover of their own. Matt Williams nailed a three-pointer for St. Mark’s to start the run. When it ended, the Spartans held a 35-19 lead.

Sussex Central committed at least a half-dozen turnovers during the Spartans’ run. Williams said the Spartans’ defense and deliberate pace on offense can frustrate opponents.

“They tried to split and run around, but we just slowed them down and set the pace. That seemed to frustrate them a lot,” he said. “Defense is like the staple of our team, so we all put in our work on defense and our offense comes from that.”

Sussex Central trimmed five points from the deficit by the end of the quarter, then chipped away at the Spartans’ lead until it was 43-38 on an Ayres three-pointer with 2:45 remaining. Those would be the Knights’ last points, however, as St. Mark’s scored the final six.

Williams led all scorers with 17, including three three-pointers. Nick Papa added 15 for St. Mark’s, which improved to 7-1 on the season. The Spartans travel to Dover on Saturday for a 6:15 p.m. start against the Senators. They stay on the road next week for games Tuesday at No. 1 Sanford and Friday at No. 2 Salesianum. These will be the first road games of the season for St. Mark’s, which has played seven home games and one neutral-site contest.

Williams said the Spartans had to make sure they did not look past the Knights to next week’s games. “We don’t look ahead at all. Each game is a must-win.”

Wanya Hanzer scored 14 to lead the Knights, although he missed much of the third quarter after picking up his fourth foul. Amontay Clanton and Tarez White each had eight. After a season-opening win, Sussex Central has lost seven straight. The Golden Knights are home vs. Seaford on Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

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Sals rely on defense in win over St. Elizabeth, improve to 7-1


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WILMINGTON — The Salesianum offense had a tough time Friday night at the St. E Center, but the defense for the No. 2-ranked Sals was on all night. The Sals held St. Elizabeth to nine points in the second half in a 46-28 road victory.

It was a game of runs, especially early in the first half, and the Vikings jumped out to a 7-3 lead. They would not score again in the first quarter, however, and the Sals scored the final 10 points for a 13-7 lead after one. Junior guard Donte DiVincenzo had seven of those points, senior forward Brian O’Neill the other six. Read more »

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Archmere girls basketball falls at Concord, 63-44; Doogan records 1,000th point


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BRANDYWINE HUNDRED — Archmere Academy’s girls basketball team, which cracked the top 10 rankings this week, traveled to Concord High School on Thursday afternoon, falling to the fifth-ranked Raiders, 63-44. Concord senior forward Meghan Doogan led the way with 18 points, including the 1,000th of her career.

Doogan, who attended Holy Rosary School in Claymont and is a member of that parish, needed 15 to reach the milestone. She scored 14 in the first half and did not take long after halftime to reach the mark. She was fouled on Concord’s second possession of the third quarter and calmly drained the first free throw. The game was briefly stopped as Doogan received hugs from her teammates and family, received flowers and a balloon, and posed for pictures with a sign reading “1,000 points.”

Doogan also hit the second free throw, extending the Raiders’ lead to 39-20, and Concord (6-2) eased to the victory. Holly Panchak and Brittany McLean each scored 10 points.

Junior Audra Woodside led Archmere (5-2) with 11 points, while freshman Cecilia Irvine added nine off the bench, all in the second half.

The Auks host Hodgson on Saturday afternoon at 1:15 p.m., while Concord visits Brandywine on Saturday at noon.


Doogan was not the only player to reach 1,000 points on Thursday. Ursuline junior guard Adrianna Hahn accomplished the feat on one of her five three-point shots in the Ursuline Raiders’ win over Smyrna High School in Wilmington.

St. Elizabeth senior forward Macy Robinson reached 1,000 during the Diamond State Classic.

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Pandas overcome turnovers, foul trouble in win over Spartans


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WILMINGTON – Later this season, when the Padua basketball team is remembering its best-played games of the season, Thursday night’s contest against St. Mark’s is not likely to come to mind. The Pandas and Spartans may have had more turnovers than field goals, more fouls than assists, in a contest whose principal feature was the referee’s whistle.

Padua, however, will take the result, a 46-32 home win over St. Mark’s in a Catholic Conference battle. It was the first conference win for Padua (3-5), which previously had dropped home games to Ursuline and St. Elizabeth.

St. Mark’s (4-4) jumped out to a 7-0 lead, with the Spartans’ man-to-man defense and press causing numerous problems for Padua. But after senior guard Emma Matthews ended the scoring drought with a layup off an inbounds pass more than four minutes into the first period, Padua steadily took control, holding a 10-9 advantage after the first period and 20-16 at the half.

Twelve of the Pandas’ first-half points came from the free-throw line, as did 11 of St. Mark’s 16. In fact, after a three-point shot by senior Claudia Seemans with about three minutes to go in the first quarter, the Spartans did not hit another field goal until junior Claire Igo drained a shot midway through the third. Padua outscored St. Mark’s, 15-5, in the third, finally finding some rhythm from the field and taking a 14-point lead into the final stanza.

“We’re trying to play a fast-paced game, but we want to slow down and minimize turnovers,” Matthews said. “When it gets hectic and it’s turnovers and back and forth, it makes it chaotic and everybody can’t think straight. It’s better to just slow it down and just run our plays, which we kind of failed to do tonight, but we still got the win.”

Padua used its superior height to gain several second chances, keeping the Spartans at bay. Junior Taylor Hazewski came up big in the third for Padua, scoring all seven of her points in the stanza.

Matthews was forced to the bench as the fourth quarter began after picking up her fourth foul, and Seemans scored five straight to cut the deficit to nine. Padua coach Jason Matthews got Emma Matthews back on the floor after that, and she scored five of her game-high 15 to seal the Pandas’ victory.

Seemans led the Spartans with nine points, while Igo added eight.

Padua is back in action next Friday, when Glasgow visits for a 3:30 p.m. matinee. The Pandas will travel to Archmere the next day, Jan. 18, to face the Auks at 2 p.m. in a game rescheduled from earlier this week. St. Mark’s hosts Delaware Military Academy Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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A perfect ending for Reeder at Salesianum


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WILMINGTON – For Troy Reeder, the recently completed football season had just about everything he could have hoped for. His team, Salesianum, lost just one game en route to its first state title since 2009. From a personal standpoint, Reeder was a two-way first team all-state selection and was named Delaware’s defensive player of the year. Earlier this year, he announced that he would play college football at Penn State.

But the latest accolade in a season full of them stands out for the 6-foot, 3-inch, 230-lb. Reeder, a middle linebacker and running back. In December, he was named the winner of the Michael DeLucia Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to a senior on one of Delaware’s Catholic high school football teams for outstanding performance, attitude and character on and off the field. Read more »

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Taking a look at the week ahead in high school basketball


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The week in high school basketball tipped off with a girls showdown between top-ranked St. Elizabeth and No. 2 Ursuline, and the host Raiders managed a 55-50 win behind 29 points from Adrianna Hahn. On the boys’ front, St. Mark’s improved to 4-1 Monday with an impressive 52-20 win over Caravel.

Tuesday’s games were wiped out by cold weather, but the slate resumes Wednesday. Here is a look at the action the remainder of the week. Read more »

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Hahn’s 29, Raiders defense lead No. 2 Ursuline over top-ranked St. Elizabeth


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WILMINGTON – Adrianna Hahn was, as usual, the unquestioned leader on offense for Ursuline Academy on Monday night, but it was the Raiders’ rebounding and defense, and some long-distance help from Alyssa Irons, that helped make the difference in their 55-50 win over St. Elizabeth High School. Fans braved frigid cold to pack the Ursuline gymnasium for the latest chapter in the girls’ basketball rivalry, as the Raiders came in ranked second in the state, while St. Elizabeth was the only team above them.

Hahn had 29 points, but a rebound and putback of a missed free throw by Kailyn Kampert late in the fourth quarter caught the eye of her coach, John Noonan. The coach said Hahn is much more than just a scoring machine. Read more »

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Local girls basketball teams stayed busy over Christmas break


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As the new year kicks off, here’s a look at the Catholic school girls basketball teams, particularly those that participated in the recent Diamond State Classic at St. Elizabeth High School. The tournament attracted teams from throughout Delaware and from as far away as Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Oregon City, Ore. Read more »

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Vikings’ coach sees Diamond State Classic loss chance to learn, grow


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WILMINGTON – Monday afternoon’s game started out so promising for St. Elizabeth’s girls’ basketball team. The Vikings were playing at home in the St. E Center for the St. Francis Healthcare Cup, the main draw of the annual Diamond State Classic. In front of a near-capacity crowd, they jumped out to a 7-2 lead over McDonogh School from Owings Mills, Md., midway through the first period after Jordyn Humes hit a fast-break layup.

But after that, McDonogh turned up the pressure, and the Vikings could never really find their footing. McDonogh recovered for a 9-9 tie after one quarter, then took control in the second, thanks to a suffocating defense and the offense of guard Danielle Edwards, who scored eight points in the quarter to help McDonogh to a 23-14 halftime advantage. Read more »

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Pandas battle, but fall short to Caravel at Diamond State Classic


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WILMINGTON – Padua Academy gave Caravel Academy a game on Monday afternoon, but the Buccaneers had too much for the Pandas in the 55-44 Caravel win. The matchup was the consolation game of the First State Orthopaedics Cup in the Diamond State Classic at the St. E Center.

Padua took at 9-8 lead into the second quarter, but Caroline Davis nailed a three-pointer to give Caravel an 11-9 lead. The Pandas’ Megan Mallon got those points right back, but the 12-11 lead was Padua’s last for the game. After Davis tied it with a free throw, the Buccaneers’ Micah Morgan took over. She scored six points on two three-point shots during a 12-point Caravel run and added another eight points before halftime.

Padua was plagued by turnovers and poor shooting in the quarter. Besides Mallon’s three, they could manage just three more points on a trey by Hannah Schlegel that ended the Caravel run. The Bucs took a 30-15 lead into the locker room thanks to another three-pointer from Morgan, this one a buzzer-beater.

Morgan credited her teammates for continuing to feed her the ball after a rough first period. The key, she said, was playing smart basketball.

“In the second quarter, it was more a matter of slowing down the game and making sure we took care of the ball because we had the lead. We just needed to slow down and think about every pass we were making and share the ball,” she said.

Caravel coach Kristen Caldwell like her team’s smart play, finding Morgan when Padua was denying Davis the opportunity to get the ball.

Padua (2-4) trailed by 13 after three quarters and trimmed the deficit to eight points midway through the fourth, but the Pandas could not overcome their opponent. The Pandas scored 10 of their 15 points in the final quarter from the foul line, all from Rachel Liskiewicz and Mallon. Liskiewicz led the Pandas with 16 points, while Mallon had 12.

Morgan finished with a game-high 28 points to lead the Bucs, who improved to 4-1 on the season. Davis added 11.

Morgan said the win against Padua was important for the Buccaneers as they head into a challenging month. They host Concord on Friday at 7:15 p.m., then face a four-game stretch against St. Elizabeth, St. Mark’s, Ursuline and Sanford later in the month.

“We do have a lot of tough games coming up. This is like getting a running head start going into the next part of our season. This is a really big win for us,” she said.

Padua is back in action Friday at 7:15 p.m. at home vs. No. 1 St. Elizabeth. The Pandas will get another shot at Caravel in the regular-season finale Feb. 18 at Padua.

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