WILMINGTON — Archmere’s girls basketball team was coming off one of its biggest wins in recent memory when they met Wilmington Charter on Feb. 3. Two days earlier, the Auks had defeated Ursuline on a last-second shot, but there would be no repeat performance against the Force.
Emma Brown scored 27 points to lead the Force to a 48-18 win over the Auks. Wilmington Charter returned to the win column after dropping its first of the season on Tuesday against St. Elizabeth.
The game started well enough for the Auks, as Brigid Hamberger scored the first points. But the next seven points came in a hurry for the Force, with five of them going to Brown. Her old-fashioned three-point play made it 7-2. Hamberger stopped the run, but Charter added four more to end the quarter up 11-4.
The Force would manage just nine points in the second quarter as the Archmere defense tightened, but that was enough to take a 13-point lead into halftime. The Auks stayed around the perimeter offensively, and their shots just would not fall. The Force made certain that their opponents’ scoring opportunities were limited, dominating the rebounding.
Brynn Bastian-Pastore hit a three-pointer with 53 seconds remaining in the half for the only Auks points of the second. That drew Archmere to within 10 points, but Brown responded with a triple of her own before the buzzer.
Brown scored nine more points in the third, while her teammate, Danielle Kanse, found her scoring touch as well. Kanse hit two threes and two for all eight of her points in the contest. Bastian-Pastore had a second three-pointer for the Auks, while their other points were scored inside.
Charter improved to 11-1 with the win. The Force travels to Friends on Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. tip.
Bastian-Pastore led the Auks with six, while Lucy Oliver and Hamberger each scored four. Archmere (7-6) remains on the road, visiting Newark Charter on Saturday at 11 a.m.
All photos by Mike Lang.