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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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Eleven players score as Ursuline cruises in battle of the Raiders

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BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Ursuline wrapped up its regular season Feb. 21 at Concord by showing it is ready for the girls basketball state tournament. Concord scored the first bucket of the game, but it was all Ursuline after that, as the top-ranked Raiders swamped the No. 6 Raiders, 71-37, in nonconferene action.

Concord junior Zhan’e Snow opened the contest with a layup, but it was Ursuline’s day after that. The visitors ran off the next six points, including a nice back-door layup for Olivia Mason and a give-and-go between Alisha Lewis and Maggie Connolly. Lindsay Brown came in after Yanni Hendley picked up her second foul, and she drained a three-pointer as Ursuline built up a 17-7 lead after one quarter. 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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Raiders defense stymies previously unbeaten Pa. foe

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WILMINGTON – On most nights, if Ursuline goes nearly an entire half without guards Alisha Lewis and Maggie Connolly scoring a single point, the Raiders could be in trouble. But on Jan. 9, when Archbishop Carroll came to town from Radnor Township, Pa., Delaware’s top-ranked girls high school basketball team turned to other sources for offense on the way to a 45-31 victory. 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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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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