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Vikings cool off after fast start, fall to Caravel in girls semifinals

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NEWARK – Third-seeded Caravel advanced to its third girls basketball state championship game in five years after defeating No. 7 St. Elizabeth, 44-36, on March 8 at the Bob Carpenter Center. The Buccaneers will face the top seed, Ursuline, on Friday at 7 p.m., also at the Bob, in a rematch of the 2015 final. Bucs senior Grace Lange, who was a sophomore when Caravel fell to Ursuline two years ago, led the way with a double-double, collecting 12 points and 12 rebounds. Read more »

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Strong second half carries Vikings into girls semifinals

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NEWARK – No. 7 St. Elizabeth put together a strong second half to defeat second-seeded Caesar Rodney, 58-36, on March 4 in the quarterfinal round of the DIAA girls basketball tournament. The tide turned in the third quarter, when the Vikings scored the first 17 points, while the Riders could manage just 14 for the entire half.

“We picked up our defense and we kept up our intensity up,” said Vikings senior Alanna Speaks. “We told each other that we were not going to let our guard down on this team like we did the first time.” Read more »

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Vikings get past Auks, advance to girls quarterfinals

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WILMINGTON – The seventh-seeded St. Elizabeth’s Vikings learned from last year’s second-round loss and survived a tough battle with 10th-seeded Archmere, 49-42, on March 2 at the St. E Center. The Vikings, who beat Archmere, 45-41, on Feb. 5 by scoring the last 11 points, did the same thing Thursday, scoring the final 11 points.

“It was a carbon copy,” St. Elizabeth coach Dan Cooney said. “It’s been like that the last couple of years. I’ve got so much respect for Danny (Pisani, Archmere’s coach) and what he does at Archmere with those kids. That is a good group, and it’s a group that always battles us.” Read more »

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Big second-half run lifts Ursuline past St. Elizabeth

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WILMINGTON – After St. Elizabeth had fought back from a seven-point halftime deficit to tie Ursuline in the teams’ highly entertaining Catholic Conference girls basketball showdown on Feb. 8, the top-ranked Raiders could have gone two ways. They could have folded the tent and watched the Vikings complete their comeback, or they could respond in front of a loud, sold-out gymnasium and show why they are the team to beat in Delaware.

Over a stretch of seven and a half minutes spanning the third and fourth quarters, Ursuline answered the third-ranked Vikings with a 17-2 run, building a big lead and going on to a 58-43 victory. The Raiders swept the season series with St. Elizabeth and improved to 15-1 on the season. Read more »

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Vikings defense is key in girls hoops win over St. Mark’s

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MILLTOWN – The St. Elizabeth Vikings didn’t get the start they wanted in their girls basketball battle with St. Mark’s on Thursday night, but their defense saved them in a 44-34 Catholic Conference win.

The Vikings’ Alanna Speaks scored 10 seconds into the game, but it was the Spartans who jumped out to an 8-2 lead. Emily Coyle hit a three-pointer and Delaney Carey hit two layups on the press break. Read more »

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Vikings girls pick up hoops win over top-five foe

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WILMINGTON – The St. Elizabeth Vikings girls basketball team has played the toughest schedule in the state so far, and on Jan. 13 they defeated third-ranked Caravel 50-49 at the St E Center.

The Vikings, ranked fifth in the state, got the win they were looking for to improve to 4-5 on the season. Alexis Lee scored 13 second-half points and the team’s 1-3-1 zone defense slowed down the Buccaneers three-point shooting. Read more »

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Strong fourth quarter boosts Raiders in win over Vikings

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WILMINGTON – Top-ranked Ursuline turned it on in the fourth quarter to beat the No. 5 St Elizabeth, 56-30, on Jan. 4. The Raiders ended the game on a 25-4 run after the Vikings closed it t0 31-26 late in the third quarter.

Junior forward Oliva Mason scored 14 points, while Maggie Connelly added 14. Mason credited her guards Alisha Lewis and Connelly for her strong play recently. Read more »

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Vikings can’t overcome turnovers, missed opportunities in Diamond State loss

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WILMINGTON – Lexi Bromwell scored 18 points, but it was not enough as St. Elizabeth fell, 58-44, to Roland Park (Md.) Country Day School at the Diamond State Classic at the St. E Center on Dec. 27. The teams are playing for the St. Francis Healthcare Cup, the classic’s national bracket. Read more »

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Strong second half carries Riders girls past St. Elizabeth

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CAMDEN – Neither St. Elizabeth nor Caesar Rodney put on a clinic on the basketball court when they met Dec. 12 at CR, but the teams sure delivered an entertaining show. Alexis Reid’s two free throws with 6.1 seconds remaining in overtime proved to be the difference in the Riders’ 50-48 nonconference girls win.

Reid’s shots capped a Caesar Rodney comeback, as the Riders trailed, 24-14, at the half and were down as many as 12 at 30-18 early in the third quarter. After a first half marked by a shoot-early and shoot-often approach, the Riders came out with more patience after intermission. It paid dividends, as the home team scored 12 straight to forge a tie. Senior Alissa Haith gave the Riders their first lead of the night at 34-33, stealing a pass and driving the other way for a layup. That was the score heading into the fourth quarter. Read more »

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Last season’s early exit motivates Vikings girls basketball

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WILMINGTON — The 2015-16 season ended prematurely for St. Elizabeth, which went 17-4 but was upset by Conrad in the second round of the state tournament. Coach Dan Cooney looks to have another state title contender this season, as he returns Alanna Speaks, Lexi Bromwell and Alexis Lee, along with contributors Sarah Metz, Dymond Collins and Julie McCarron. A freshman to keep an eye on is Sha’Nia Davis. Read more »

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