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St. Elizabeth’s girls upend Mercy to capture Delaware Cup

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WILMINGTON – The final game of the four-day Diamond State Classic was the Delaware Cup championship featuring the host team, St. Elizabeth, against Mercy (Md.). The Vikings certainly did not want to disappoint, and they closed the party with a rousing 69-25 victory on Dec. 30 at the St. E Center. Read more »

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Ursuline falls in Diamond State finale to New Jersey’s St. Rose

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WILMINGTON – Ursuline has been playing this season without starting forwards Olivia Mason and Kay Wulah, both of whom are recovering from knee injuries, and on Dec. 30, the lack of height and experience caught up with the Raiders. St. Rose (N.J.) took advantage, repeatedly pounding the ball inside in a 55-34 win in the fifth-place game of the St. Francis Healthcare Cup at the Diamond State Classic at the St. E Center. Read more »

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Dorsey’s buzzer-beater lifts Raiders in Diamond State

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WILMINGTON – Ursuline’s basketball team this season has featured four new starters, so when the Raiders were in need of points at the end of their game Dec. 29 against Archbishop Spalding (Md.), it was not surprising to see the ball in the hands of the lone returning player, Maggie Connolly. But as she drove the baseline with the clock ticking and Ursuline trailing by two, Connolly spotted freshman Lauren Dorsey alone in the corner. Dorsey calmly sent the ball up, and as the buzzer sounded the rock dropped through the net, giving the Raiders a 42-41 win. Read more »

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Short game pays off for Pandas in convincing Diamond State win over William Penn

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WILMINGTON – William Penn was willing to concede the key to Padua during the teams’ meeting Dec. 28 in the Diamond State Classic, and the Pandas gratefully accepted to gift. The Pandas feasted in the paint on their way to a 61-33 win over the Colonials. The win gave them the New Castle Insurance Cup championship at the annual girls basketball tournament. Read more »

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Vikings pull away from Charter, advance in Diamond State Classic

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WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth led Charter School of Wilmington, 10-7, after one quarter of their matchup Dec. 28 at the Diamond State Classic. All it took for the Vikings to take their game to another gear was a little mayo. Read more »

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Ursuline drops heartbreaker in three OTs at Diamond State opener

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WILMINGTON – On a night when their star player was blanketed by an opposing defender all night, the Ursuline girls basketball team turned elsewhere for scoring. The Raiders pushed Central Dauphin (Pa.) to three overtimes in a Diamond State Classic meeting on Dec. 27 before the visitors from the Harrisburg area took a 50-44 win in the St. Francis Healthcare Cup, the tournament’s main draw.

Maggie Connolly, the Raiders’ scoring leader, was held to five points thanks to an aggressive box-and-one and man-to-man defense that had her matched up primarily against the Rams’ Faith St. Clair. But the Raiders picked up points from a number of other sources, such as promising freshman Lauren Dorsey, who finished with 15. Read more »

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Julian hits five threes as Padua advances in Diamond State Classic

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WILMINGTON – Bella Julian drained five three-point shots in the first half as Padua opened up play in the Diamond State Classic with a 44-35 win over St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) on Dec. 27 at the St. E Center. Bishop Malooly took in the matinee from behind the Pandas’ bench. 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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Lee scores 15, but Vikings fall at Diamond State

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WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth kept up with the run-and-gun style of Msgr. Scanlan for almost three quarters of their girls basketball game on Dec. 30, but the visitors from New York finished up the third quarter with seven straight points on went on to a 53-44 win in the St. Francis Healthcare Cup bracket of the Diamond State Classic 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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