St. Elizabeth's lost twice to Ursuline Academy during the regular season, but defeated their archrival when it counted the most.
St. Elizabeth's may have lost two regular season games to Ursuline Academy, but they found a way to win the third and most important matchup of the season Saturday night, in the semifinal round of the DIAA state basketball tournament at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center. The Lady Vikings won 46-44 in a very exciting and closely contested game on a layup by Sabrina Hackendorn with 38 ticks left on the scoreboard. The victory sent St. Elizabeth's to the finals Monday night against Caravel, a 48-40 winner of Sanford.
"We knew it was going to be a close game when we went out there. We knew how badly we wanted it because they beat us two times before, and we wanted to beat them the third time when it counted most," said junior forward Macy Robinson, who led her team with 14 points.
The Vikings led most of the game, but Ursuline made a remarkable comeback late in the third quarter, and had their first advantage at 30-29 with 3:47 left in the period. But the Vikings came right back and held on to lead 36-35 with one very exciting quarter remaining.
In the fourth quarter, Ursuline led 40-38 with 4:47 remaining, and there were three more ties before Hackendorn's heroics. "There's no quit on this team, and we showed that tonight. It shows the regular season didn't matter because we played our best, so far, tonight," said Hackendorn.
"This was a very exciting game, but probably more enjoyable for everyone else but me," said Viking coach Tom Ferrier, with a huge smile on his face. "To know you didn't put somebody away, you have to sweat it out like that. There were three timeouts in the last couple of seconds, and you still have to sweat out the inbounds play," he said.
The Viking forged a 15-8 lead in the first quarter on the shooting of Jocelyn Rodriguez and Alex Thomas. The Raiders picked up the pace in the second quarter to cut the halftime deficit to 26-22 and could have gotten closer as senior Brenna Williams barley missed a long-range three-pointer before the buzzer.
Ursuline sophomore Adrianna Hahn riddled the Viking's for 31 points on a variety of short and long-range shots.