The DIAA Girls Basketball State Tournament opened play with first round Wednesday night which included a handful of blowouts, a few close games and some upsets.
By the end of the night, Caesar Rodney, Sussex Central and Sussex Tech from the Henlopen Conference, Catholic schools St. Mark’s and Padua, St. Georges Tech of the Blue Hen Conference, Independent squad Wilmington Christian and Archmere Academy of the Diamond State Conference, had advanced.
No. 9 Sussex Tech 72, No. 24 Laurel 36
The No. 9 Lady Ravens took care of fellow Henlopen Conference foe, No. 24 Laurel, Wednesday night, 72-36, to advance to the second round of the state tournament.
Sussex Tech took and early 7-point lead after the first quarter, riding a 36-17 advantage at the halftime break.
In the second half, the Lady Ravens outscored the Lady Bulldogs, 36-19, to win going away.
Janiya Stevens and Arnaisa Taylor finished in double-figures for Tech; Stevens led the way with a team-high 15 points to go along with Taylor’s 13.
Sussex Tech advances to round two on Friday, traveling to No. 8 Howard at 7 p.m.
No. 18 Caesar Rodney 70, No. 15 Delmarva Christian 32
No. 18 Caesar Rodney became the second Henlopen Conference squad to pull an upset when it comes to seeding on Wednesday night. The Lady Riders breezed by No. 15 Delmarva Christian, 70-32, to advance to the second round.
CR held just a six-point advantage after one quarter Wednesday night, but increased their lead to 16 at halftime.
The Lady Riders pulled away for good, leading by 30 heading into the finals stanza.
Three Caesar Rodney players finished in double-figures, led by Kornegay-Lucas with 23 points, while both Ayers and Brooks finished with 10 points apiece in the win.
CR moves onto the next round Friday night when they’ll travel to take on No. 2 Sanford at 6:30 p.m.
No. 21 Sussex Central 60, No. 12 Newark Charter 37
No. 21 Sussex Central may have deserved a higher seed heading into the state tournament, but they proved worthy of moving onto the second round Wednesday night, knocking off higher-seeded No. 12 Newark Charter, 60-37.
The Lady Golden Knights now prepare for a stiff test in round two, traveling to take on No. 5 St. Thomas More Friday night at 6:30 p.m.