Ursuline Academy girls basketball GG Banks drives against Caravel photo courtesy of Ben Fulton

Courtside View – Girls basketball second round playoff preview

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Ursuline Academy girls basketball GG Banks drives against Caravel photo courtesy of Ben Fulton scaled

Ursuline Academy girls basketball GG Banks drives against Caravel, photo courtesy of Ben Fulton

The second round of the girls state basketball tournament kicks off tonight.  The eight second round games all tip off at 7 pm.  Here is a look of the eight games,


No. 24 Smyrna (14-7) at No. 8 Appoquinimink (12-8)   The Eagles were the only team to pull off an upset in the first round as they rallied from 7 down in the final four minutes to beat Archmere 47-41. .They trailed 39-30 then went on a 13-0 run to pile ahead 43-39 and held on for the huge road upset.  The Jags had another good season winning the Blue Hen Flight A championship.  These two teams met last Wednesday at Appoquinimink to close out the regular season.  The Jags won 71-59 at home behind 21 points from Kyla Reed.


No.10 Dover (17-4) at No. 7 Delmarva Christian (18-1) The Senators advanced to tonight’s game with a 59-23 win over Wilmington Charter on Tuesday,.  It was the typical Dover offense as they scored early and often to build a big lead.Delmarva Christian won their conference off Maryland teams.  They won all 7 games against Delaware teams but the game tonight will be their first game against a Delaware State tournament team.  They were also a perfect 8-0 at home this season.


No. 11 Woodbridge (17-4)  at  No. 6 Sanford (14-5) The Blue Raiders advanced with their third win over ECHS this season. This one a 68-25 home win on Tuesday night.  Reghan Robinson scored 40 points in the win and she might need to score more to get a win over Sanford tonight.  The Warriors were undefeated in the state with home wins over Caravel, Ursuline, and St Elizabeth’s.  The Warriors play a tough defense and will use turnovers to get their offense going.  


No. 12 Seaford (15-6) at No. 5 AI DuPont (15-5)   The Blue Jays advanced with a 42-39 home win over Friends  Amira Tingle scored 23 points in the win including 9 of 12 from the line.  The Tigers won the Blue Hen conference again thanks to a balanced offense and a solid defense that held their opponents to 41.8 points per game.


No.13 Howard (15-5) at No. 4 Padua (16-4)   The Wildcats picked up a 47-42 win over Flight B rival Hosgson on Tuesday night.  Destiny Smith and Kaniah Murrey-Chambers scored 15 points in the win.  The Pandas went from 7 wins last year to 16 this year including going 7-2 on their home court.  The Pandas have a balance attack and will crash the offensive boards.  


No. 14 DMA (14-7)  at  No. 3 St Elizabeth’s (17-3)  The Seahawks advanced with a 59-24 win over conference rival Conrad on Tuesday night.  Maya Hill scored 18 points to lead a balanced Seahawks offense.  The Vikings had a great season and have won 6 of their last 7 games including a 55-53 win at DMA on February 8th.  That game went into overtime and the Vikings were led by Makayla Sullivan who scored 19 points.


No. 15 Saint Mark’s (13-8)  at  No. 2 Ursuline (14-6)  The Spartans picked up a 53-49 win over Cape Henlopen to advance to face Ursuline tonight.  The Raiders have struggled coming down the stretch against a tough schedule.  They play great pressure defense and will force a lot of turnovers that could turn into fastbreak points.  This is the third meeting of the season with the Raiders winning 72-48 at Saint Mark’s on January 18th and a 56-36 win at home on February 17th,  

No. 16 Odessa (16-5) at No. 1 Caravel (16-3)  The Ducks picked up their first tournament win on Tuesday night with a 44-30 win over Lake Forest.  It was their sixth straight win and now they will travel to face the top seed Caravel.  The Bucs are one of the most balanced teams in the state and had a 6-0 record.  They lost to Sanford to end the season after 7 straight wins. 

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