Kornegay-Lucas leads CR over Sussex Tech

 

Caesar Rodney’s Kylie Kornegay-Lucas shoots against Sussex Tech’s Janiya Stevens in the second quarter at CR. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

CAMDEN — Facing a double-digit deficit three minutes into the game, Caesar Rodney High’s girls’ basketball team was going to need some help.

The Riders found that in the form of some defensive pressure and a special performance by Kylie Kornegay-Lucas.

Kornegay-Lucas recorded a triple-double as the Riders defeated Sussex Tech 56-47 in a Henlopen Conference Northern Division matchup. It was the first defeat for Sussex Tech in Henlopen North play.

Kornegay-Lucas was the game’s top scorer with 21 points. The junior added 14 rebounds and 11 steals.

“She’s that kind of player,” said CR coach Bill Victory. “When she decides to play hard there’s nobody like her in our state. Offensively and defensively, she’s a freak of nature.”

Things weren’t looking too great for the Riders in the first quarter.

Sussex Tech opened up a 15-2 lead paced by a quick seven points from Janiya Stevens. CR was able to chip away and cut Sussex Tech’s advantage to 18-11 after the first.

The Riders took their first lead when Kornegay-Lucas converted a layup, was fouled and hit the resulting free throw with 5:03 left in the second. CR opened the quarter on a 12-2 run and went into the halftime break on top 25-23.

Sussex Tech battled back to take a 41-40 lead at the end of the third but the Riders outscored the Ravens 17-7 the rest of the way.

“I think we really wanted it and wanted to come out and play stronger,” Kornegay-Lucas said. “We wanted to play stronger defense and take the game over.”

“When we defend with energy great things happen,” Victory said. “Sometimes we can’t fall out of a boat and hit water because we don’t shoot the ball very well. When we defend like we’re supposed to, things happen the way we wanted.”

Caesar Rodney improved to 12-6 on the season and finished 10-2 in the Henlopen North.

Sussex Tech still has one more Henlopen North game remaining, Saturday at home against Polytech at 1:30 p.m. If the Ravens win they’ll clinch the Henlopen North title. If they lose, CR and Sussex Tech will have to play again to determine the Henlopen North champion.

Sussex Tech dropped to 10-1 in Henlopen North play and 14-3 overall.

The Ravens knocked off the Riders 46-32 back on Jan. 10 in Georgetown.

“I’ll split with you but you’re not going to get me twice,” Victory said. “The young boy is doing a great job over there. I think (Sussex Tech coach) Justin (Davis) is doing a really great job, but he’ll know they might win the conference this year but next year it is on.”

Stevens netted 17 points to lead Sussex Tech. Caesar Rodney’s Lillian Ayers was the only other player in double-figures with 11 points.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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