The shots weren’t falling for either side of Tuesday night’s DIAA girls basketball state tournament first round game.
Thankfully for visiting Archmere, senior center Amanda Vaile found her shot in the fourth quarter, hitting three three-point shots to lift the 20th-seeded Auks to a 43-31 win over host Concord.
“It was frustrating,” Vaile said of the early struggles. “We all wanted to make shots and help our team win, but it was tough. Thankfully it started working for me.”
“Amanda had been working on going to the basket more, but she had a breakout game today,” Auks coach Steve Colella said. “That was great senior leadership from her.”
Archmere (now 12-9 on the season) trailed the Raiders 18-9 late in the first half, but started their move with the last eight points in the second quarter, including a three-pointer from Alexa Hazel as the buzzer sounded.
Archmere took the lead for good at 30-28 early in the fourth quarter on a steal and lay-up by Amanda Olsen and Vaile (the game’s high scorer with 18 points) kicked off her shooting shortly thereafter, pushing the lead to double digits and the Raiders would not threaten again.
“We made them turn the ball over, but we couldn’t finish our shots,” Raiders coach John Armstrong said. “When you miss those shots, that gives a team energy and Archmere kept coming. We knew they would.”
Sophomore forward Meghan Doogan led Concord, who finished 2011-12 with a 12-9 record, with eight points.
The Auks advanced to play fourth-seeded Caravel Thursday night at Caravel and Vaile was hopeful the team’s good fortune could continue.
“We’re looked at as the underdogs, so no one takes us seriously,” Vaile admitted. “But that’s going to change. We’re a very close team.”
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