WILMINGTON – Archmere’s girls basketball team absolutely shut down Charter in Feb. 10’s nonconference game. The Auks held the Force to just seven field goals, including one each in the third and fourth quarters, in cruising to a 36-16 win.
Archmere’s victory put an end to Charter’s five-game winning streak. The Auks, meanwhile, won for the third time in their last four outings and improved to 10-7.
The Auks – many of whom played with ashes visible on their forehead on Ash Wednesday – looked to put the game away early. Amanda Denning hit a pair of layups around a transition layup from Maggie Malloy as they raced to a 6-0 lead. The Force stayed close thanks to Caroline Grasso, who scored all five of her team’s points in the first.
Charter began the second stanza on a mission. Trailing by three at 10-7, the Force tied it on a Grasso three-pointer, and Rebecca Pic put them ahead, 12-10, with a 15-footer just over three minutes into the quarter. That, however, would be Charter’s only lead and the team’s final points of the half.
Denning ended the streak with a sweet lefthanded turnaround scoop. Danaziah Brown followed with a triple that put Archmere back on top with 20 seconds remaining on the clock. The news got worse for Charter before the horn sounded, as the Force committed another turnover, and Pic was forced from the game with a left knee injury. She would not return. Denning hit another shot with three ticks left before the half for a 17-12 Auks lead.
They put the game out of reach in the third. Neither team scored for three and a half minutes until Charter’s Kathleen Woodacre hit from 10 feet, but Archmere responded with eight unanswered points. The Auks’ press was too much for the Force’s ballhandlers, and as the turnovers added up, their deficit grew.
It did not get any better for Charter in the final quarter. Archmere scored the first four points before Nia Anderson hit for Charter’s only two points of the fourth. Coach Dan Pisani was able to go deep into his bench for much of the fourth.
The Auks were led by Denning and Malloy, who had eight points each. Eight players scored for Archmere, which is back on its home court on Friday at 6:15 p.m. against Wilmington Christian. Grasso had eight points for Charter (8-7), which looks to rebound Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. vs. visiting Middletown.