In spite of holding the Appoquinimink girls basketball team to no field goals in the last six minutes and 30 seconds of the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough for the Charter School of Wilmington girls hoops team.
The visiting Jaguars, with revenge on their mind from last year’s Blue Hen Conference championship game, took a 41-35 decision Thursday night at Charter to become the only unbeaten team in the conference.
“I would say if they didn’t score a field goal in that time that we would win,” Charter coach Eileen Voltz said. “But give Appo credit, they made their free throws at the end.”
The Force (12-3 overall, 6-1 Flight A) were on the see-saw for much of the game, taking a 29-27 lead early in the fourth quarter on an open lay-up by Michelle Lonergan. But the Jaguars (11-1 overall, 7-0 Flight A) out-scored Charter 14-6 the rest of the way, much of that coming on free throws.
Voltz said her team knew what was at stake with first place in the conference being on the line, as well as Appoquinimink’s quest for revenge.
“We were very excited to play Appo because we knew first place was on the line,” Voltz said. “I told our girls they should be proud of how they play because we had a great effort. We just came up short tonight.”
Senior center Kelly Perillo led all scorers with 16 points, while Lonergan and Megan Waltz added seven and six points respectively.
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