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Tatnall overwhelms St. Elizabeth, moves on to DIAA girls basketball semifinals: Photo gallery

Sydney Hilliard of the Vikings splits two Tatnall defenders. Dialog photo/Jason Winchell

WILMINGTON — The fifth-seeded Tatnall Hornets used a 15-0 opening run to defeat No. 4 St Elizabeth, 48-28, on March 7 in a DIAA quarterfinal. The Hornets came into the St E Center on a mission as they were looking for the school’s first-ever spot in the semifinals. To get there, they would have to defeat the defending state champs.

Emma Kirby hit a jumper in the first minute and then Kali Clayton hit a triple, and Bri Gauiter hit a pair of free throws for a quick 7-0 lead. The Hornets’ defense was holding the Vikings offense to one shot each possession, and Kirby scored on a pair of offensive rebounds, plus Cherish Bryant drove inside to make it 13-0 with 90 seconds left in the first quarter. Rory Ciszkowski got the Vikings on the board with 23 seconds, left but the Hornets led, 16-2, at the end of the opening stanza.
The Hornets’ Sophia Kirby scored early in the second quarter to put all five Hornet starters on the board. The Hornets took a 26-10 lead at intermission.
The Hornets kept up the pressure in the third quarter as Emma Kirby scored inside then knocked down a pair of free throws as the Hornets increased their lead to 37-18 after three quarters. The Hornets would get a key three-pointer from Jordan Cella to end a 6-0 Vikings run and hold on for their big quarterfinal win.
The Hornets improved to 18-4 and will face top-seeded Caravel Wednesday night in the DIAA semifinals. Caravel edged Tatnall, 46-45, on Jan. 4. The Vikings finish their season at 19-3.  Final statistics were not available late Monday night.
All photos by Jason Winchell.