For one half, the A.I. DuPont girls basketball game Flight A championship Appoquinimink all they could handle, but second half struggles and the Jaguars’ aggressive defense turned the tide.
The Tigers were only able to score 13 second half points after trailing 25-23 halftime and fell 60-36 to Appo, who finished their Flight A schedule unbeaten. “The positive from this game is for two quarters, we held our own with one the best teams in the state,” Tigers coach Leroy Watson said. “This game taught us that you can’t take a second off, or you’ll be down 10 points fast.”
The Tigers (11-7 overall, 6-5 Flight A) scratched and clawed their way to a 25-23 deficit at halftime, but a cold third quarter that saw them score just two points while Appoqunimink scored 18 in the period proved to be their undoing. A.I. got 10 points each from juniors Natalia Romero and Danielle Grimes.
Watson is hopeful the team can come together as state tournament time approaches. “We hope that they’ll be patient, trust their coaches and work on the plan we put in during the week,” he said. “We just have to stay with it.”
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