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Rory Ciszkowski goes for 38 as St. Elizabeth girls open basketball season with win: Photo gallery

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Farrah White drives the lane for the Vikings during their game at Delcastle on Dec. 14. Dialog photo/Mike Lang

WILMINGTON — Rory Ciszkowski and her St. Elizabeth’s girls basketball team may have lost a few players from last season’s state champions, but the Vikings’ cupboard is far from bare. Delcastle found that out on Dec. 14, when St. Elizabth opened defense of its title with a convincing 86-33 win at the renovated home of the Cougars.

The first basket of the game, coming just seconds after the opening tip, went to the Vikings’ Farrah White on a layup, but Ciszkowski quickly showed it was going to be her day. She scored an old-fashioned three-point play the next time down the court, then followed that with the first of her five three-point shots for the afternoon.

Delcastle pulled to within four at 10-6 on a three-pointer from Kymoria Jones, but the Vikings went on a 6-0 run and finished the first quarter scoring 16 of the final 19 points. The Vikings scored inside and outside, with White scoring six and Ericka Huggins five in the first quarter.

St. Elizabeth continued to extend the lead throughout the second, relying primarily on the trio of Ciszkowski, White and Huggins. The Cougars’ best offense came when they went inside or got offensive rebounds from Emani Lucas-Davis, the senior center who is one of the tallest scholastic players in Delaware.

The third quarter belonged to Ciszkowski, who swished three triples to go along with a pair of free throws and a regular two-point field goal. She added another nine in the fourth to finish with 38.

Huggins provided an inside presence for the Vikings; she finished with 22 points. White added 14. The Vikings (1-0) travel to Polytech on Thursday for a 6 p.m. start.

Lucas-Davis had 23 for the Cougars, who fell to 1-4. Delcastle visits Delaware Military on Thursday at 5:15 p.m.

All photos by Mike Lang.