Local Roundup: Polytech girls win 5th straight, Lake Forest boys triumph

Polytech High outscored Sussex Central by 10 points in the second half to finish off a 62-43 victory over the Golden Knights in Henlopen Conference Northern Division girls’ basketball on Tuesday night.

The win was the fifth in a row for the Panthers (2-2 North, 5-2 overall).

Sophomore Yaa Afriyie netted 17 points to pace Polytech with Courtney Turner (14) and Kaylee Williams (10) also scoring in double figures. Leading 29-20 at halftime, the Panthers outscored Central, 33-23, after intermission.

Raeonna Stratton had 17 points with Tameeyah Bowden adding 11 for the Golden Knights.

Caesar Rodney 62, Smyrna 44: Alexis Reid, Kylie Kornegay-Lucas and Brionna Brooks scored 13 points apiece in the Riders’ Henlopen North victory.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for CR (4-0 North, 4-3 overall) and was its first win since Dec. 8. The Riders outscored the Eagles, 22-12, in the third quarter to take control.

Jayla Smith tallied a game-high 20 points for Smyrna with Marqueisha Bennett adding 11.

Lake Forest 57, Milford 27: The Spartans evened their record at 4-4 with the South win on Tuesday.

Delmar 34, Seaford 30: Shaniya Briddell scored 18 of the Wildcats’ 34 points as Delmar earned a South victory.

Delmar outscored the Blue Jays, 22-19, in the second half to hold on for the win.

Jada Evans had 10 points to pace Seaford.

Boys’ basketball

Lake Forest 58, Milford 31: The Spartans broke the South contest open in the second half after leading by only a point at the end of the first quarter.

Ten players netted at least two points for Lake Forest, led by Jaysem Vazquez with nine.

Milford was led by Daniel Shockley with eight points.

Cape Henlopen 61, Sussex Tech 51: The Vikings took a 32-21 halftime lead before holding on for the North win.

Randy Rickards (16 points), Ian Robertson (15) and Sh’Kai Chandler (12 all scored in double figures for Cape (6-2).

Jaquan Burton netted a game-high 19 points for Sussex Tech, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. Ricky Kane and Khalil Bolden both added 10.

Sussex Central 65, Polytech 63, OT: The Golden Knights outscored the Panthers, 10-8, in overtime to take the North victory.

Central got double-digit scoring from Ryhlee Matthews (17), Jasiah Turner (16) and Isaac Pettit (12).

Micah Saunders tallied a game-high 26 points for the Panthers.

Seaford 67, Delmar 39: Ethan Lambert netted a game-high 29 points as the Blue Jays picked up the South victory.

Seaford built a 29-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

William Schuyler had 15 points to lead the Wildcats.

College basketball

Hens’ Allen earns CAA honor: Delaware freshman guard Ryan Allen was named the CAA Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week on Tuesday.

Allen averaged 19.0 points during the Blue Hens’ two wins last week, leading the team in scoring both games. He scored a season-high 24 points, the most by a Blue Hen this season, and knocked down six three-pointers in Thursday’s 97-96 overtime win over Cornell.

Allen then added 14 points, including four second-half threes, in Delaware’s 58-56 triumph at UNCW on Saturday. The freshman guard also added four rebounds, four assists and four steals on the week.

Allen, who has reached double figures in eight of the last nine games, currently leads the Hens and ranks fifth in the CAA by hitting down 2.8 three-pointers per game. He also is seventh in the league with 33.9 minutes played per game, ninth with a 41.3 three-point percentage, and 16th with 13.5 points per game.

The Blue Hens have now earned three consecutive conference Rookie of the Week honors, as Kevin Anderson won the award on Dec. 18 and Dec. 26. Allen also captured the award on Dec. 4.

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