Cape Henlopen used a late defensive stand to edge Mount Pleasant 38-35 in the first round of the DIAA girls’ basketball state tournament.
Abbi E’Nama blocked a Mount Pleasant shot attempt in the final seconds to seal it for the 13th-seeded Vikings.
Cape Henlopen advanced to the second round on Thursday where it will face No. 4 Sanford.
Sussex Central 50, St. Thomas More 40: Raeonna Stratton scored 15 points while Ambria Stratton added 13 as the Golden Knights won its first round matchup.
Sussex Central, the 14th seed, will face No. 3 seed Caravel on Thursday.
Jessica Simmons led the Ravens with 18 points and Aniah Patterson chipped in 16.
Delaware Military Academy 48, Laurel 37: The ninth-seeded Bulldogs were upset by the tournament’s 24th seed.
Logan Handy was Laurel’s leading scorer with 24 points.
Delaware 15, VMI 9: Delaware jumped out to a big 9-4 halftime lead and used an overpowering five-goal fourth quarter to win its second straight game.
The Blue Hens (3-2), who downed the Keydets for the second straight year and remained unbeaten in four all-time meetings, prevailed thanks to a big finish in the fourth quarter. VMI (1-2) had cut the Delaware lead to 10-8 early in the final stanza but the Blue Hens pulled away, outscoring them 5-1 the rest of the way for the victory.
Delaware sophomore Andrew Romagnoli led all scorers with four goals — his fourth hat trick in five games this season — and also dished out an assist while senior midfielder Steve DeLargy scored three times, including twice in the final 8:09, and dished out an assist.
In all, seven different Blue Hens found the back of the net as senior Trupert Ortlieb scored three times, freshman Charlie Kitchen scored twice and dished out an assist, senior Paul Major had a goal and three assists, senior Will Hirschmann contributed a goal and an assist, and sophomore Campbell Parker scored once.
“We are really pleased to come away with this win today,” said Bob Shillinglaw, who won his 330th career game. “Give credit to VMI as they played hard all four quarters. It was a hard-fought victory for our guys.”
Also for the Blue Hens, freshman Crosby Matthews won 14 of 19 faceoffs attempts and freshman goalkeeper Matt DeLuca, the reigning Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week, turned back eight shots to earn the win in his second straight start.
Romagnoli and Ortlieb each scored three times in the first half to stake the Hens to a 9-4 lead at halftime. VMI used a 4-1 run to pull to within 10-8 eight seconds into the final stanza, but Hirschmann and Romagnoli scored two minutes apart to give the Hens some breathing room and DeLargy put the game away with two goals in the final 8:09.
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