Three times before the Ursuline Academy girls basketball team had reached the Final Four of the DIAA state tournament and three times they lost in the semifinal round.
On Wednesday night, led by freshman guard Adrianna Hahn’s 22 ponts, the fourth time was the charm as the Raiders bested third-seeded Appoquinimink 58-44 at the Bob Carpenter Center.
“Meghan Carter said it best - she’s a senior and she never got past the semifinals before,” Raiders coach John Noonan. “So I’ll let her speak for us - we don’t know how to feel right now.”
The Raiders had beaten the third-seeded Jaguars 57-42 in a December match-up and Noonan decided to go with a defense that he felt would stifle the Appo offense.
“We actually decided we were going to play halfcourt man and some things to stop their dribble hand-off,” he said. “We felt we were going to be more successful that way.”
The Raiders were led by Hahn’s 22, 14 points from Jillian Lyons and 12 from Mary Abram.
Ursuline will face top-seeded Sanford in the state finals Friday night at 7, a rematch of the regular season finale between the two teams.
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