For The Dialog
When the girls’ basketball state tournament begins Tuesday, two of the five Catholic schools to qualify for the postseason will be in action. The other three earned first-round byes.
Tuesday (first round, seedings in parentheses). All games at 7 p.m.
(20) Archmere (13-7) at (13) William Penn (13-7). The Auks have had a successful season and are one of the better defensive teams. They will need to play defense against a William Penn team that likes to run the floor and push the pace. Archmere prefers a more patient approach on offense.
(18) Conrad vs. (15) Padua at Brandywine High School. This is a rematch of a regular-season triple-overtime thriller that saw the Pandas prevail, 58-51. Senior Megan Mallon had 29 points that afternoon, while eighth-grader Julie Kulesza was the top scorer for Conrad with 23. This has the potential to be among the best first-round matchups.
Thursday (second round, seedings in parentheses). All games at 7 p.m.
(16) Smyrna (10-10) or (17) Sussex Tech at (1) Ursuline. The Raiders are the top seed and will have a loud home crowd on their side.
Conrad/Padua winner at (2) St. Elizabeth. The Vikings earned the second seed and finished the season strong, including a 47-43 win over Padua on Feb. 20. This could be an intriguing matchup.
(12) Dover (9-10) or (21) Lake Forest (13-7) at (5) St. Thomas More (16-2). The Ravens have had perhaps their best season and earned the program’s highest seed. With both potential opponents in the immediate vicinity of Magnolia, the gym is sure to be rocking.
Saturday (quarterfinals). Games at the Bob Carpenter Center.
If Padua or St. Elizabeth survives this long, that team plays (10) Howard, (23) Mount Pleasant or (7) Caesar Rodney at 3:30 p.m.
Archmere and St. Thomas More could meet in the 5 p.m. game if both advance. The other competitors for this slot are Dover, Lake Forest, William Penn and (4) Concord.
If Ursuline advances, it will meet (24) Cape Henlopen (9-11), (9) Sussex Central or (8) Hodgson at 6:30 p.m. in the final game of the day.
The full bracket is available here.