Local roundup: Unbeaten Senators earn No. 2 seed in boys hoop tourney

DOVER — Unbeaten Dover High earned the No. 2 seed in the DIAA boys’ basketball state tournament bracket that was announced on Friday afternoon.

No. 4 Caesar Rodney also earned a first-round bye when the 24-team tourney gets underway on Tuesday. A total of eight downstate schools made the bracket.

Sanford is the No. 1 seed.

In boys’ first-round games involving downstate teams, No. 9 Sussex Tech hosts No. 24 Milford; No. 20 Delmarva Christian goes to No. 13 Tower Hill; No. 18 Lake Forest goes to No. 15 Christiana; No. 19 Woodbridge goes to No. 14 Mt. Pleasant and No. 22 Delmar travels to No. 11 William Penn. All games start at 7 p.m.

In Thursday’s second round, Dover will host the winner of the Lake Forest/Christiana game while CR will host the winner of the Tower Hill/Delmarva Christian contest.

In the girls’ bracket, three downstate squads — Woodbridge, St. Thomas More and Cape Henlopen — all earned first-round byes as one of the brackets’ top-eight seeds.

In Wednesday’s first-round matchups involving downstate teams, No. 16 Delmarva Christian hosts No. 17 Ursuline; No. 24 Lake Forest goes to No. 9 St. Georges; No. 13 Sussex Central hosts No. 20 Tatnall and No. 10 Sussex Tech hosts No. 23 Wilmington Friends.

In Friday’s second round, No. 4 Woodbridge will host the Sussex Central/Tatnall winner; No. 6 St. Thomas More hosts the Howard/Newark Charter winner and No. 8 Cape Henlopen hosts the Lake Forest/St. Geoerges winner.

St. Elizabeth is the top seed in the girls’ bracket.

One difference with this year’s schedule is that quarterfinal games will not be played at the Carpenter Center this year because both the University of Delaware men’s and women’s basketball teams have home games on those dates.

The boys’ quarterfinals will be played at the higher-seeded team. The girls’ quarterfinals will be split between two sites — Dover and St. Mark’s.

Women’s basketball

Delaware 72, Charleston 60: The Hens (13-12, 8-5 CAA) had four players record double-digit scoring efforts en route to their third straight win.

Charleston (7-18, 3-11 CAA) cut Delaware’s lead to five near the end of the third quarter, but senior Alison Lewis notched all 13 of her points in a 6:15 minute span to spark the Blue Hens to a 16-point advantage mid-way through the final stanza.

Junior Samone DeFreese led UD with 16 points and five rebounds while graduate student Makeda Nicholas and junior Rebecca Lawrence tallied 11 points apiece. Lawrence finished the game with a team-high seven rebounds while Nicholas grabbed six of her own.

College baseball

Liberty 5, Delaware 4: Senior Erik Bowren had a big afternoon at the plate for the Blue Hens, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a run scored and his first home run of the season but Delaware fell in a nonconference battle.

On the mound, Jack Dubecq, Ari Silverstein and Justin Tomovich combined for 6.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits and striking out three over that stretch.

Jordan Hutchins (Dover High) had a RBI for Delaware.

College softball

LIU Brooklyn 9, Delaware 1: The Hens fell in their first game of the Jacksonville Classic.

Delaware scored its only run of the day in the bottom of the third as Hanna Garber reached on an error and came around to score on three wild pitches.

Valparaiso 12, Delaware State 1: The Hornets committed seven errors as they dropped their second game of the Liberty Classic.

Jordan Casey plated DSU’s lone run on a single to score Jasmine Melgoza.

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