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Lewis is girls player of the year as all-state basketball teams named

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Three players from Catholic high schools have been named first-team all-state, including Ursuline guard Alisha Lewis, who is Delaware’s player of the year.

The sophomore standout led the Raiders to their third straight state championship last Friday at the Bob Carpenter Center. Two other Catholic school players join her on the first team, and one earned third-team honors. Three more were among the 15 who were named honorable mention. Read more »

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Raiders finish dominant postseason run with program’s 17th hoops championship

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NEWARK – Ursuline displayed an efficient offense and its usual smothering defense and was never threatened in capturing the school’s 17th state girls basketball championship on March 10 at the Bob Carpenter Center. A 15-0 run spanning nearly five minutes in the first quarter gave the Raiders the cushion they needed on the way to a 54-32 win in front of 1,454 fans, many of them wearing red and black.

It was the Raiders’ third-straight championship. They also defeated Caravel for the 2015 title. Read more »

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Raiders play complete game, overwhelm Sanford to move on to girls hoops final

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NEWARK – During the final days of the regular season, Ursuline played Sanford, had a day off, then met Caravel the next day. That scenario will be replayed on Friday after the Raiders advanced to the state championship game following a convincing 48-16 win over Sanford on March 8 at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The top-seeded Raiders took a few minutes at the beginning of the game to get their motor running, but once they did, they just took over the contest. The fourth-seeded Warriors got to within 9-6 on a layup by Samantha Pollich with 1:28 left in the first quarter, but those were the last points they would score until 2:47 remained in the second. Read more »

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Raiders roll to semifinal, face rematch with Sanford

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NEWARK – Top-seeded Ursuline put on a dominating opening half of basketball as they cruised past eighth-seeded Sussex Tech, 55-27, in the quarterfinal round of the DIAA girls basketball tournament March 4 at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The Raiders attacked early and often as coach John Noonan likes to show teams what they represent. Read more »

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Raiders withstand Caravel’s comeback attempt, finish home slate unbeaten

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WILMINGTON – The top-ranked Ursuline basketball team, in the middle leg of a challenging three-game stretch to end the regular season, built up a 15-point lead over No. 4 Caravel on Feb. 18, then survived a spirited comeback attempt by the Buccaneers to grab a 40-36 win in nonconference action. It was Senior Night at Ursuline, and the Raiders finished their home schedule undefeated at 6-0.

Ursuline used its trademark hounding defense to take control of the game early on. Caravel’s Sasha Marvel found Grace Lange following a steal for the quick 2-0 lead, but that was all the scoring the Bucs would do in the opening eight minutes. The Raiders answered with the final nine points of the first. 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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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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Raiders win first Diamond State title since 2007; Lewis named MVP

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WILMINGTON – The Ursuline Raiders won the St. Francis Healthcare Cup – the main draw of the Diamond State Classic – for the first time since 2007 with a 47-40 win over Roland Park Country Day (Md.) on Dec. 30 at the St. E Center. Read more »

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Raiders win thriller, advance to Diamond State championship game

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WILMINGTON – When late February rolls around and Ursuline’s basketball team is fighting for a return trip to the Bob Carpenter Center, it will use games like the one against St. Rose (N.J.) on Dec. 29 to summon the grit required at playoff time. The Raiders withstood a late rally to defeat the Purple Roses, 54-51, and advance to the championship of the St. Francis Healthcare Cup, the national bracket of the Diamond State Classic.

The game was played in front of a near-sellout crowd at the St. E Center. It’s the kind of opponent and atmosphere that serves the Raiders well come state tournament time, coach John Noonan said. Read more »

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Ursuline gets defensive in hard-fought Diamond State win

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WILMINGTON – Ursuline had taken a 28-20 lead over Redondo Union at the Diamond State Classic on Dec. 27 as Alisha Lewis swished her second three-point shot of the third quarter, and the Raiders had a bit of a cushion. Read more »

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