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Hornets steal road win at Padua as Brown beats buzzer

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WILMINGTON – The Tatnall Hornets erased a nine-point second-half deficit and defeated Padua, 42-40, on Dec. 11. Kennedy Brown was the hero for Tatnall, hitting a runner as time expired. Read more »

Auks boys power past DMA to earn first win of season

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WILMINGTON – Archmere’s boys basketball team pounded the inside all afternoon against Delaware Military Academy, picking up its first win of the season, 54-42, in the consolation game of the Diamond State Athletic Conference Tip-Off on Dec. 11. Read more »

Basketball teams get key games in before Christmas tournaments roll around

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The second full week of high school basketball begins Monday with a rarity for December. Archmere’s boys will take on Delaware Military Academy in a game postponed from Saturday by an early winter snowfall. On the girls’ side, a playoff rematch pits two of the top programs in the state. Read more »

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Second-quarter shutout propels Spartans girls past Middletown

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MILLTOWN – St. Mark’s and Middletown played an even first period, but the host Spartans pulled away from the undermanned Cavaliers in the second period on their way to a 65-26 nonconference girls basketball win on Dec. 9. Every player who appeared in the game for St. Mark’s scored, with four of them reaching double figures. Read more »

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Auks boys open season with 54-45 loss in DSAC tournament

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WILMINGTON – Archmere’s boys basketball team stormed out to an early lead during it’s season-opening contest on Dec. 8 against Newark Charter, but the Patriots’ relentless pressure was too much for the Auks, who dropped a 54-45 decision. The game was played at the new DMA Dome on the campus of Delaware Military Academy as part of the Diamond State Athletic Conference Tip Off tournament. Read more »

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Big fourth quarter helps Auks hold off pesky Spartans in girls hoops

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CLAYMONT – Archmere scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, holding off a game St. Mark’s squad for a 52-38 win in nonconference girls basketball on Dec. 7 in Claymont. It was the Auks’ season opener.

The Spartans trailed, 12-5, after the first quarter, but they chipped away at the lead in the second and third, and by the end of the third stanza, the Auks’ advantage had been cut to two at 32-30. But Archmere came out firing in the fourth, ensuring that St. Mark’s upset bid would not be successful.

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A turnover 20 seconds into the fourth gave the Spartans an opportunity to tie the game at 32, but Auks junior Emma McCann spoiled that thought by stealing a pass at midcourt and going the distance for a layup and a 34-30 lead. She struck again on Archmere’s next possession, taking a back-door give-and-go from Madison Stewart. She made the layup, was fouled and completed the three-point play.

Julia Jogani nailed a three-pointer the next time the Auks were down the floor, extending the run to eight, before the Spartans’ Angel Lorang ended that with a free throw. Jogani answered with another triple. Catherine McMonigle would hit one more three-pointer for the Auks, and they made six free throws in as many attempts in the final minutes to seal the victory.

St. Mark’s, which fell to 1-1, opened the game by scoring the first five points. They outscored the Auks in both the second and third quarters, getting points from six different players during those two periods. Senior Kayla Wolff was particularly effective, scoring all 11 of her points during the middle quarters.

McCann said the Spartans always give her team a tough 32 minutes.

“We knew it was going to be a really hard fight because every year with them is tough. So we were ready for a good matchup,” she said.

McCann paced the victors with 15 points, and Jogani joined her in double figures with 12. They accounted for four of the Auks’ five three-pointers, and Archmere made nine of 11 free-throw attempts. Seven players were on the score sheet.

“We lost two of our starters from last year, but a lot of people are stepping up, and we’re working really hard in practice,” McCann said.

The Auks next travel to meet Villa Maria (Pa.) on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Wolff led St. Mark’s in scoring, and Kendra Schweizer added eight. The Spartans also return to action Saturday, hosting Middletown at 1:30 p.m.

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New-look Vikings girls roll in season opener at Mount Pleasant

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PENNY HILL – They took a few minutes to get untracked, but once they did, the St. Elizabeth’s girls basketball team could not be stopped in a 67-27 win at Mount Pleasant on the afternoon of Dec. 4. It was the first game for both teams. Read more »

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Three-point shooting keys Sals in season-opening win at William Penn

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NEW CASTLE – Salesianum, the eighth-ranked team in the state, used six three-point shots in a 38-36 win at William Penn on Dec. 4. It was the season opener for both teams.

The Sals struggled early, falling behind, 10-2, as the Colonials’ defense was stingy. The Sals then hit back-to-back three-pointers, the first one by Darnell Vaughn and the second by Jack Brown, to cut the lead to 10-8. Salesianum trailed, 12-10, at the end of the first but hit three triples in the second quarter, two from Michael Wallace, to take a 19-18 halftime lead.

William Penn’s Jordan Harding puts up a shot over Salesianum’s Luke Pastore during the teams’ meeting on Tuesday. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The offenses took over in the third quarter as Paul Brown scored his first points of the night and Vaughn scored on back-to-back drives to give the Sals a 27-22 advantage. Penn responded, and Jordan Harding knotted the score at 27 with a three.  The teams were tied at 29 before a three-pointer by Chris Cohill as the third quarter ended gave the Sals a 32-29 lead.

The fourth quarter was a defensive struggle that saw both teams struggle from the line. The Colonials missed the front end of three one-and-one opportunities and Salesianum in front, 33-32. The Sals finally capitalized as Vaughn and Brown converted inside to give push the lead to 37-32 with 1:38 left. A free throw from Paul Brown made it 38-34. William Penn’s

Terin Cochran scored inside with 10 seconds left to cut the deficit to two, and the Colonials still had a chance after Vaughn and Paul Brown both missed the front ends of one-and-ones.

Carlos Dean grabbed the rebound on Brown’s miss and drove the length of the floor but missed a layup as time expired.

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The Sals (1-0) were led by Vaughn and Paul Brown with nine points each. They host Newark Charter next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. William Penn (0-1) got a game-high 14 points from Harding.  They host Hodgson Dec. 14 at 5:15 p.m.

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Boys basketball tips off with some good matchups

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St. Elizabeth already has two games under its belt, but for the rest of the Catholic schools in Delaware, the season gets going this week. Records are included only for those teams that have played already. Read more »

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Winter already? Girls basketball gets off to a busy start

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The girls’ basketball season opened over the weekend with a small taste of what is to come over the next few months. Most of the Catholic high schools get started this week. Unless noted, the teams have not yet played. Read more »

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