WILMINGTON — Archmere’s girls basketball team encountered a veteran Central Dauphin (Pa.) on Dec. 28, and the Auks could not match the Rams’ firepower on the first day of the inaugural Viking Invitational at the St. E Center. The visitors from the Harrisburg area used a 14-3 run that lasted most of the first quarter to establish a lead they would never relinquish on the way to a 56-27 victory.
The Rams got started with a free throw from forward Caroline Shiery, and Alexis Buie followed a minute later with a layup. The Rams did much of their damage inside, with the 6-3 Shiery – who will be attending Division I Liberty University next year – scoring nine points in the quarter.
Central Dauphin went from a 3-2 lead to 9-2 before the Auks’ Ally Lengkeek drained a three-point shot, but the next eight points belonged to the Rams until Lydia Scarpaci hit another three for Archmere before the quarter ended.
The Rams continued to build on their lead in the second, but instead of pounding the ball inside, they connected from longer distance. They got three triples during the quarter, including one each from guards Megan Cavoli and Marlie Dickerson. Dickerson will be playing next year at Division I Niagara University.
Central Dauphin put the game out of reach in the third. The Rams outscored the Auks, 17-4, as Archmere had just one made field goal, by Lucy Oliver. Dickerson added six more points for Central Dauphin in the quarter, and Shiery went inside for five.
Shiery finished with 18 to lead the Rams, with Dickerson adding 13. They play Padua on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the St. E Center.
For the Auks, Scarpaci had eight points, and Oliver had six. Archmere (3-2) will play Thursday at 1:30 p.m. against the loser of Wednesday’s Polytech-St. Elizabeth game.
All photos by Mike Lang.