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Early scoring burst, defense key as Vikings advance to quarterfinals

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WILMINGTON — St. Elizabeth turned up the defensive pressure, making it tough for the opponent to get many shots off, and the Vikings cruised to a 60-31 win over Charter School of Wilmington in the second round of the DIAA girls basketball tournament Thursday night at the St. E Center.

The Vikings, seeded fourth in the tournament, started with a press early and built an 8-0 lead in the game’s first two minutes. They extended the lead to 12-0 on a steal and layup by freshman Alanna Speaks, forcing Charter to burn its second timeout in the first four minutes. A Jordyn Humes three-pointer made the score 21-4, and the first quarter ended 25-9.

St. Elizabeth would continue the assault in the second quarter, going on a 7-0 run in the last minute, including another trey by Humes and a field goal by Macy Robinson. Robinson then stole the inbound pass, setting up an Alex Thomas field goal. The halftime lead was 37-17.

Just to make sure there was no doubt about the outcome, the Vikings would score the first 11 points of the second half before Charter junior Megan Waltz ended the run with two free throws. A buzzer-beating three pointer by St. E’s sophomore Gabby Julian made the third-quarter score 51-19.

Thomas and senior Sabrina Hackendorn each scored 13 for St. Elizabeth (15-5), which received balanced scoring. Next up for the Vikings is Catholic Conference foe Padua. The 12th-seeded Pandas (14-8) upset No. 5 Milford on the road, 49-40, to advance to the quarterfinals on Saturday at the Bob Carpenter Center. They are slated to tip around 5 p.m.

St. Elizabeth has defeated the Pandas twice this season, 56-39 and 41-26.

Elsewhere on Thursday night, Catholic schools had a good night. No. 1 Ursuline (17-4) defeated No. 17 St. Mark’s, 51-12, and 10th-seeded Archmere (17-5) went to Smyrna and upset the No. 7 Eagles, 47-36.  Ursuline will meet No. 9 Hodgson at approximately 6:30 p.m., while Archmere’s reward is a date with No. 2 Sanford around 3:30 p.m. Those games are both at the Bob Carpenter Center.

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Catholic Youth Ministry crowns six basketball champions

February 26th, 2014 Posted in Our Diocese, Youth Tags: , ,

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Catholic Youth Ministry held girls and boys basketball championship games Feb. 23. The girls played at Padua Academy, the boys at Salesianum School. The results were provided by the CYM office. Read more »

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Matthews’ big second half leads Pandas past Woodbridge, into second round

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WILMINGTON – Emma Matthews scored 20 of her 24 points in the second half to help Padua advance to the second round of the girls’ state basketball tournament with a 56-40 win over Woodbridge at Brandywine High School.

The senior scored 11 of Padua’s 14 points during a 14-0 run to end the third quarter and 14 overall during the third as the Pandas took a big lead, then added six more in the fourth. She scored 20 of the Pandas’ 31 second-half points. With the win, Padua (13-8) advances to a second-round matchup Thursday at Milford (18-2) beginning at 7 p.m. Read more »

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Boys basketball playoffs, featuring four Catholic schools, get under way Wednesday

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All four Catholic schools in New Castle County that play boys basketball are represented in the state basketball tournament, with Salesianum taking the No. 1 seed and St. Elizabeth grabbing the final slot at No. 24. Two of the four teams will be in action when play begins Wednesday night, while the other two have earned a bye. The second-round games are on Friday. All games in the first two rounds begin at 7 p.m.

St. Elizabeth will meet No. 9 Delaware Military Academy tomorrow night at Conrad School of Sciences. The Vikings finished the regular season 8-12 but had enough points to make the tourney, while DMA was 14-6. The victor has a date Friday night at No. 8 Caesar Rodney (17-3). Read more »

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Girls basketball tournament tips off tonight with three Catholic teams in action

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There is a strong Catholic feel to the girls’ basketball state tournament, as five Catholic schools are in. First-round games will be held tonight, with the winners playing Thursday. All games start at 7 p.m.

St. Mark’s, the 17th seed, will travel to William Penn (14-6) to meet the No. 16 Colonials. The Spartans finished the regular season 6-13, but the earned a host of bonus points because of a strong schedule. The winner will play at top-seeded Ursuline on Thursday night. Read more »

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Padua seniors shine in final home game, a 50-30 win over Appoquinimink

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WILMINGTON – Padua got 38 of their 50 points from their seniors on Senior Night in a 50-30 win over Appoquinimink Wednesday night on Broom Street. The win helped erase any bad aftertaste from the loss to Caravel the previous night.

After a low-scoring first half, Padua (12-8) put the game away in the third, scoring the first 13 points of the third quarter and maintaining its defensive intensity to stretch the lead to 29-14. Appoquinimink (11-8) did not quit, however, going on a seven-point run of its own, but the Pandas took a 31-21 lead into the final stanza. Read more »

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Sanford edges Ursuline in meeting of state’s top girls teams

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HOCKESSIN — Top-ranked Ursuline traveled to No. 2 Sanford on Wednesday and saw its 12-game winning streak ended in a 56-53 loss. Ursuline should not feel too bad, as Sanford ran its own streak to 17 games; the Warriors’ only loss came on Dec. 17 at St. Elizabeth.

The highly anticipated matchup featured the state’s two best players, Ursuline’s Adrianna Hahn and Sanford’s Alison Lewis. Each lived up to the hype, as Hahn had 25 points and Lewis 22. Read more »

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Papa’s clutch free throw lifts Spartans past Charter, 36-35

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WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s and Charter School went toe-to-toe throughout Tuesday afternoon’s game, so it was only fitting that the matchup came down to the final seconds. Nick Papa made sure St. Mark’s went home happy as he hit one of two free throws with 6.1 seconds to lift the Spartans to a 36-35 road win over the Force.

Papa was fouled as St. Mark’s was trying to inbound the ball following a timeout. Since the ball had not yet been put into play, the infraction was called an intentional foul, giving Papa two free throws and possession back to St. Mark’s. Papa missed the first attempt but was true on the second. The game, however, was far from over. Read more »

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Second-half collapse dooms Padua in 59-47 loss to Caravel

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WILMINGTON – For one half of Tuesday night’s game against Padua, the Caravel girls basketball team could do little to stop the Pandas. Padua shots were true, its defense stout, and the hosts had a 37-28 lead to show for their effort.

But it was a different story during the final two quarters, particularly in the fourth, as Caravel turned up the pressure, forcing turnover after Padua turnover, blocking shots and denying the Pandas the three-point shot. Padua scored just 10 points in the second half as Caravel managed a 59-47 road win. Only two of those points came in the fourth quarter, as Padua held a 45-40 lead after three. Read more »

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Delayed by snow, high school basketball wraps up regular season this week

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This week’s high school basketball is light as the regular season comes to a close this week. Even with games rescheduled from earlier this season, the Catholic teams are done by Wednesday. First up: the boys’ schedule this week.

Tuesday: St. Elizabeth at Newark, 5:15 p.m. A win for the Vikings against a good Newark team would help their seeding in the state tournament. Newark is 12-6 and has won seven in a row, clinching the Blue Hen Conference Flight A crown. St. Elizabeth will make the tournament thanks to its strong schedule. Read more »

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