The Appoquinimink Lady Jaguars fell behind early, and were not able to catch up to St. Elizabeth's potent offense Monday night, as the Lady Vikings rolled to a 66-41 victory in girls' basketball action at the E-Center.
"No doubt they controlled the game in the first half, and that put us in a big deficit," said Appoquinimink coach Micah Edwards. "If we had played the first half like we played in the second half, it would have been a much closer game," he added. Edwards conceded the Vikings speed and play execution caused his team a lot of trouble in the first half.
St. Elizabeth's amassed 26 points in the first quarter, while allowing the visitors only 12 points. The Vikings were even stingier in the second quarter, giving up only 8 points to take a commanding 44-20 lead into the halftime locker room. The Viking defense proved tough all night, rebounding well, and denying the Jaguars second-chance shots, and the opportunity to get back in the game.
"We had our offense going in the first half," said St. Elizabeth coach Tom Ferrier. "It was kind of a clinic for a while. We really moved the ball around well, but we didn't do that in the second half," he said.
Appoquinimink did come out more aggressive in the third quarter, scoring 8 straight points, with six by Amber Cale. The junior forward was the game's top scorer with 18 points.
But the Vikings came right back with two three-pointers to rebuild the lead and regain control of the game. The Jags outscored St. E's 13-8 in the third quarter, but still trailed by 52-33.
The Jaguars also came out strong in the fourth quarter, but the mountain was too steep to climb, as the Vikings pulled away for the 66-41 home court victory.
"Even though we lost, I was proud of the team, the way we played hard for the entire game,"
said the Jag's Pa'Ris Christie. "It was great the way we stuck together through adversity." Appoquinimink's record dropped to 15-3. The Vikings were led in scoring by Macy Robinson, who poured in 17 points, and Sabrina Hackendorn, who totaled 16 points. St. E's is now 15-4 on the season.
Appo HS - Shirle Brown 4, Taylor Bond 4, Amber Cale 18, Naiyana Davis 6, Pa'Ris Christie 7, Briona Creek 2 Totals: Appo (18 5-18 41)
St. Eliz - Alex Thomas 4, Gabby Julian 10, Sabrina Hackendorn 16, Macy Robinson 17, Jocelyn Rodriguez 12, Jordyn Humes 7
Totals: St. Elizabeth (26 10-12 66)
St. Elizabeth 4 (Julian 2, Rodriguez, Humes)