Monday was a busy day at the Diamond State Classic, with eight Delaware teams playing in the six games. St. Elizabeth defeated a team from Maryland, but in the following three games, the visitors to the First State came out on top.
Caravel ran into a lethal combination on Monday afternoon. The Buccaneers’ shooting was off, and their opponent, Seton Keough (Md.) was running and gunning. The result was a 60-31 loss in the First State Orthopaedics Cup bracket.
The Gators set the tone early in the contest, shooting their way to a 21-9 lead after a quarter. Seven players scored for Tom Gizzi’s team in the first, with three players tallying four each. They cooled off in the second, but Caravel could manage just one field goal in the second stanza, by Kaylee Otlowski, and it was 30-13 at the break.
Caravel started off the third by cutting the deficit to 14, but that was as close as they would get. Seton Keough outscored the Bucs the rest of the third, 13-2, and the teams played out the string in the final quarter.
Kayla Bacon had 13 for the Gators, who received scoring from 12 players. They play on Wednesday night at 7:30 against Central Bucks East for the bracket championship. Caravel was led by Maia Bryson with 12. The Buccaneers play Padua on Wednesday afternoon at 1.
Central Bucks East (Pa.) came out shooting – and hitting – on Monday afternoon in a 50-9 shellacking of Padua in the First State Orthopaedics Cup bracket. The Pandas fell behind, 16-0, getting shut out in the first quarter, and never recovered.
Bridget Birkhead scored eight of the Lady Patriots’ first 10 points. She completed an old-fashioned three-point play, a three-point shot, and two other field goals. Padua was able to get several open looks, but nothing was falling.
Meg Mallon finally put the Pandas on the board with two free throws with 5:45 remaining before halftime. CB East answered with six straight before Mallon hit a layup for Padua’s first field goal. Those would be the only points of the half for Padua, which trailed, 22-4, at the break.
Mallon had seven points for Padua, which plays again on Wednesday at 1 p.m. against Caravel. Birkhead scored 15 to lead CB East, while Maggie Vetter added 13. The Lady Patriots play Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against Seton Keough (Md.).
William Penn fell to Oxford (Pa.), 30-28, in the championship of the New Castle Insurance Cup bracket on Monday afternoon. It was the first loss for the Colonials after four wins to open the season.
Penn opened up with a 4-0 lead, but Oxford went on a tear after that. The Hornets scored the next 19 points, shutting the Colonials down for more than 10 minutes of game action. Oxford took a 21-9 lead into the locker room.
A different team emerged in the second half, as the Colonials scored the first nine points of the third quarter. Oxford steadied the ship by scoring the next four points, but Raven Thompkins scored on a scoop shot, and Karisa Phelps nailed a three-pointer to make it 25-23 going into the fourth.
Phelps continued her accurate shooting into the fourth. She scored the first five points. The first bucket came on a drive to the hoop, followed by another three-pointer. Penn led, 28-25, for the first time since the first quarter. Oxford scored to cut the lead to one, and Madeline Williams put the Hornets ahead for good with two free throws. Penn had several chances to tie, but the team could not get a shot to go.
The Colonials are off until Tuesday, when they host Middletown at 5:30 p.m.