Eighth-seeded Sussex Tech High posted a 46-35 victory over No. 24 Delaware Military in the second round of the DIAA girls’ basketball state tournament on Thursday night.
The win puts the Ravens (15-5) in a quarterfinal matchup with top-seeded Ursuline (20-1). The contest will be played on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Carpenter Center.
Thursday’s victory was the fifth in a row for Sussex Tech, which fell to Ursuline, 70-30, in the second round of last year’s tournament.
Sanford 57, Cape Henlopen 23: The fourth-seeded Warriors outscored No. 13 Cape, 22-2, in the first quarter before picking up the second-round victory.
Four players scored in double figures for Sanford, which takes on fifth-seeded Conrad in Saturday’s quarterfinals at 5 p.m.
The Vikings finish the season at 13-9.
Caravel 66, Sussex Central 39: The third-seeded Buccaneers jumped out to a 20-6 first-quarter advantage before downing the No. 14 Golden Knights in the second round.
Raeonna Stratton tallied 13 points with Ambria Stratton adding 10 for Central, which ends the season with a record of 15-7.
Ursuline 63, Milford 23: The No. 1 Raiders rolled to a second-round win over the No. 17 Buccaneers to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Milford ends the season with a record of 13-9.
Hens’ Daly named CAA’s top rookie: Delaware freshman guard Ryan Daly was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Year on Thursday night.
Daly leads the Blue Hens with 15.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while hitting a team-best 55 three-pointers. He ranks fifth in the CAA in rebounding and eighth in scoring, both the highest averages by league freshmen.
He was named the CAA Rookie of the Week six times this season. The leading freshman scorer and rebounder in school history, Daly has reached double figures in 21 of the last 23 games.
His nine 20-point games are the most by a freshman in UD history, and he has led the Hens in scoring during 16 of the last 20 contests.
Daly becomes the fourth player in Blue Hen history to earn conference Rookie of the Year honors, joining Anthony Wright (ECC in 1989-90), Brian Pearl (NAC in 1991-92) and Devon Saddler (CAA in 2010-11). Daly was also named third team all-CAA.
“It feels good to be named the CAA Rookie of the Year, I didn’t really expect it coming into the season,” Daly said.
“This is a great day for Delaware basketball to have the Rookie of the Year in the CAA,” said first-year Delaware coach Martin Ingelsby. “Ryan is very deserving of this honor, and we are extremely proud of what he has accomplished this season.”
UD adjusts weekend schedule: Due to the impending cold temperatures and precipitation in the forecast for Friday and Saturday, the weekend schedule for Delaware’s Bob Hannah Baseball Invitational has been altered.
The tournament will now include doubleheaders on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday, Delaware State and Rider square off at 11 a.m. with Delaware then taking on Rider at 2:30 p.m.
On Monday, the Blue Hens will play Rider at 11 a.m. and Delaware State at 2:30 p.m.
HR Derby to benefit guard’s family: A softball homerun derby to benefit the family of Lt. Steven Floyd is being held on Saturday at Big Oak Park in Smyrna.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the competition at 11. The entry fee is $20 or $30 for the entry fee plus a ticket for a platter of food and drinks.
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