For The Dialog
and Mike Lang
CLAYMONT – Excitement is high surrounding the Archmere girls’ basketball team following a 2014-15 season in which the Auks went 12-8 and earned a postseason bid, where the team fell in the second round to Caravel, an eventual finalist. The season begins tonight at Moglia Fieldhouse, with Newark Charter coming to Claymont for a 6:15 tip.
Coach Dan Pisani returns a large group of core players, including junior guard Danaziah Brown, who was first-team all-Diamond State Athletic Conference last season, and her classmates Camryn Howarth and Elise Bastian. Three freshmen join the squad, and Pisani advises people to keep an eye on point guard Emma McCann, whom he expects to have an immediate impact.
According to Pisani, the Auks pride themselves on their defense “and hope to make things very difficult for opposing offenses.” He is hoping some early season success will engage the student body, which is one of the school’s biggest assets.
After tonight’s game, the Auks are on the road for seven of their next eight, including a trip to the Garnet Valley (Pa.) Holiday Tourney. Their schedule includes road matchups against St. Mark’s, Concord, St. Elizabeth and Charter, while Padua and Caravel travel to Claymont in January.
Schedule (home games in CAPS)
12/04/15 NEWARK CHARTER 6:15 pm
12/08/15 @ Delaware Military Academy 5:15 pm
12/10/15 @ St. Mark’s 7:15 pm
12/12/15 @ Villa Marie Academy (Pa.) 12:30 pm
12/15/15 @ Conrad 5 pm
12/17/15 BRANDYWINE 6:15 pm
12/28/15 vs. Henderson (Pa.) 1:30 pm @ Garnet Valley Holiday Tournament
12/29/15 vs. TBA 1:30 pm or 6 pm @ Garnet Valley
01/05/16 @ Wilmington Christian 3:45 pm
01/09/16 MOUNT PLEASANT 12:15 pm
01/15/16 @ Concord 5:15 pm
01/22/16 @ St. Elizabeth 6:45 pm
01/25/16 PADUA 6:15 pm
01/28/16 CARAVEL 6:15 pm
02/02/16 @ Newark Charter 6:30 pm
02/04/16 CONRAD 6:15 pm
02/09/16 @ Charter 3:30 pm
02/12/16 WILMINGTON CHRISTIAN 6:15 pm
02/16/16 DELAWARE MILITARY ACADEMY 6:15 pm
02/18/16 A I DUPONT 6:15 pm