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Raiders bench savors chance to be part of title game, winning program

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NEWARK – As the minutes dwindled down and the outcome of the girls’ state basketball championship game was no longer in doubt, they started to rise. One by one, Ursuline’s reserves tapped the scorer’s table and waited for a whistle, and their names would be added to the scoresheet signifying that, yes, they had appeared in the final.

Raiders coach John Noonan said it was very important for him to get as many girls into the game as he could, and this year that meant the entire roster. Last season, he said, he was unable to get one of his seniors into the lineup. She had been injured during the playoffs, but that should not have made a difference, he added. 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 sink nine three-point shots to defeat Sanford in showdown of top teams

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WILMINGTON – In the most anticipated game on the Delaware girls high school basketball schedule this regular season, Ursuline proved once again why it is deserving of the top spot in the rankings. The Raiders overcame a six-point deficit after one quarter with lethal long-distance shooting to defeat No. 2 Sanford, 50-40, on Feb. 16.

The Raiders (17-1) drilled nine three-point shots against the Warriors, five by junior guard Maggie Connolly. Four of Ursuline’s distance shots came during a second quarter in which Ursuline outscored Sanford, 21-9, to take a 35-29 lead into halftime. 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 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 basketball has talent to repeat, but Raiders know target is on their backs

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WILMINGTON — The 2015-16 season ended with Ursuline cutting down the nets at the Bob Carpenter Center after the school’s second straight state championship, but coach John Noonan said the Raiders have work to do if they want to complete the hat trick.

“The kids who haven’t played a lot, they don’t understand that teams want to beat you,” the veteran coach said. “I tell them, ‘When you lose, people run out on the court.’ That’s not fun. We don’t want to let people celebrate like that.” Read more »

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Raiders escape Warriors, earn 16th basketball championship

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NEWARK – Ursuline had taken control of Friday night’s girls basketball state championship game against Sanford by shutting down the Warriors during the second and third quarters. With an 11-point lead heading into the fourth, it seemed all that stood between top-seeded Ursuline and the trophy was eight minutes.

But No. 3 Sanford (20-5) came alive in the fourth, twice pulling within one point. It was 35-34 Raiders after Warriors senior Chrishyanah Alston hit her fifth layup of the quarter with just 18 seconds to go. Ursuline sophomore Maggie Connolly, however, was perfect in six free throw attempts in the final minute, including four of four in the last 12 seconds, as the Raiders (20-5) prevailed, 39-34, for the school’s second consecutive basketball championship, third in the last five years and 16th overall. Read more »

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Ursuline advances, will defend girls basketball title

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NEWARK – When Concord traveled to Ursuline for the final game of the regular season, Ursuline ran out to a 21-5 lead, but Concord played evenly the rest of the way in a 50-41 Ursuline win. The teams met again Thursday night in the second semifinal of the girls’ state basketball tournament, and this time the Concord Raiders stayed close the entire night. It wasn’t enough, however, as No. 1 Ursuline took a 40-35 decision to advance to the state championship game for the second consecutive season.

Ursuline will meet No. 2 Sanford for the title Friday night at 7 p.m. Sanford got there following a 65-37 win over No. 18 Conrad.

Concord’s quick defenders forced Ursuline into an uncharacteristic 11 first-half turnovers, and the UA Raiders led by just a single point at halftime. They tightened up their ballhandling after intermission, finally built a two-possession lead, and held on as Concord fought its way back. Read more »

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