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WILMINGTON – Delaware’s top-ranked girls basketball team, Ursuline, hosted No. 3 St. Elizabeth Tuesday night, and the Raiders’ suffocating defense paved the way to a 60-38 win.
The Vikings jumped out to an early lead as Sarah Metz hit a three-point shot for the first points of the game. The teams went back and forth; baskets by Ursuline senior Kailyn Kampert and St. Elizabeth sophomore Alexis Lee tied it at nine. The game changed after that, as Raiders senior Alyssa Irons drained a three, and a pressing defense forced some turnovers as Ursuline went on a 7-0 run to end the first quarter up, 16-7.
That press continued to cause problems for St. Elizabeth in the second quarter, forcing several turnovers that led to easy field goals. Nine Raiders scored in the second as they took a 32-13 lead into the locker room.
Kampert scored eight quick points in the third quarter as Ursuline extended its lead to 42-17.
“We wanted to come out and not let them get back in the game because they are a good team,” Kampert said.
St. Elizabeth put together a late third-quarter run, including six free throws from junior Alanna Speaks, but the Vikings trailed, 45-24, heading into the fourth. They cut the lead to 12 thanks in part to a full-court press and Ursuline’s loss of Kampert, who fouled out.
Irons took over, however, hitting three big three-pointers in a two-minute span to increase the lead to 23 with less than two minutes to go.
Kampert and Irons each finished with 15 points. Noonan is happy to have the seniors in his lineup.
“Kampert has been starting for four years and Alyssa for three, and it’s nice to have those two leaders in these big pressure games,” he said.
The Raiders improved to 5-3 and are off until Sunday, when they play in the Play by Play Tournament at Philadelphia University. Lee led the Vikings with 11 points, while Speaks added 10. The team is now 5-1 and will host Padua on Saturday at 1:45 p.m.