Local roundup: Conrad edges Caravel 49-46 in OT for first girls state hoop title

Third-seeded Conrad knocked off No. 1 Caravel, 49-46, in overtime to capture its first DIAA state championship in girls’ basketball on Monday night at the Carpenter Center.

The Red Wolves outscored the Buccaneers, 7-4, in the four-minute OT after Caravel (21-3) rallied from a four-point deficit in the final 2:52 of regulation to knot the score at 42-42.

Sophomore Alyssa Faville netted a game-high 19 points for Conrad with freshmen Stefanie Kulesza (12 points) and Ja’Nylah Whittlesey (11 points, 8 rebounds) also scoring in double figures. The Red Wolves led for 23:37 of the 37-minute contest.

Conrad, which beat the Bucs during the regular season, has only two seniors but six freshmen and two sophomores on its 13-player roster.

Caravel (17-6), which was also trying to win its first state championship, was led by Sasha Marvel (12), Kaylee Otlowski (12) and Kendra Warren (11).

College athletics

UD holding event at CR: The University of Delaware athletic department is bringing its sixth annual Downstate Day to Caesar Rodney High next month.

The event, which includes an interactive fan zone and youth skills sessions with UD student-athletes, will be held on April 14 from 2–4 p.m. The Fan Zone is free and open to the public.

Boys and girls, 5 to 12 years old, are invited to register in advance to participate in one of the following free skills fun sessions: football, soccer, basketball, field hockey or cheerleading skills fun sessions. No equipment is needed by participants and all youth skills fun participants registered by April 4 will receive a free, youth sized t-shirt.

Online registration is currently open at www.BlueHens.com/DownstateDay until April 11 at 4:30 p.m. or once the event is filled.

College softball

South Dakota St. 15, Delaware St. 12: The Hornets recorded season-highs in runs and hits, but it wasn’t enough in their loss at the South Florida Tournament finale on Sunday.

DSU was 1-4 in its five tournament games, defeating Iona (3-2), while also falling to Southern Illinois (10-2), Western Michigan (14-6) and Robert Morris (6-4).

In the South Dakota State contest, nine players hit safely for the Hornets. Newcomers Vanessa Barron and Alyssa Diaz led DSU with three RBI each.

Desiree Moreno (2-3) homered for the second straight game. Moreno was 7-for-15 in the tournament (.467) with two home runs and four RBI. For the season, she’s batting a team-best .404 and is tied for the club lead with four home runs.

UD’s Gallardo honored: Delaware catcher Chayanna Gallardo was named the Colonial Athletic Association Softball Rookie of the Week.

Gallardo batted .308 with a team-leading three doubles in the Blue Hens’ five games.

College golf

Hens fifth in tourney: The Delaware men’s golf team sits in fifth place while freshman Christian Chapman is seventh following Monday’s two rounds at the USF Invitational.

The Blue Hens fired rounds of 308 and 313 at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club, ending the day in fifth place out of 11 teams with a 621 total.

College bowling

Hornets make nationals: Delaware State finished second in the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championship Sectional this past weekend to qualify for the national championship competition April 19-21 in Lincoln, Neb.

In addition, Delaware State’s Alexis Neuer has qualified for the USBC National Singles Championship Tournament for the second year in a row.

Neuer was second among 174 competitors with a total pinfall of 1,279 in six games for an average of 213.2. Her performance was highlighted by a collegiate career-best 296 in the third game.

Delaware State will compete for the 2018 MEAC Tournament championship March 23-25 in Chesapeake, Va.

Ranked sixth in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association poll, a MEAC championship would strengthen the Hornets’ case for a NCAA national championship invitation.

Delaware State’s Olivia Laird and Brianna Kauffman also had Top 20 performances in last weekend’s USBC sectionals.

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