The Sanford Warriors girls' basketball squad is back in the DIAA state semifinals after defeating Archmere Academy 50-28 in the quarterfinals Saturday at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.
The Sanford Warriors girls’ basketball squad is back in the DIAA state semifinals after defeating Archmere Academy 50-28 in the quarterfinals Saturday at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.
On paper, No. 2 Sanford came in the heavy favorite against No. 10 Archmere. However, the Auks came to play on Saturday, hanging tough with the Lady Warriors in the opening quarter. If not for a few three-pointers from Sanford, Archmere may have had the lead, but trailed 11-6 after the opening stanza.
In the second quarter, the Sanford defense began to assert themselves, holding Archmere to just a basket in the quarter. Meanwhile, on the offensive side of the floor Sanford used patient and methodical ball-movement to counteract the Auks zone defense.
Sanford’s ball rotation saw nearly every player touch the ball on each possession, opening up driving lanes and open-shot opportunities. The Warriors strategy worked and they led 25-8 at the break.
The Warriors didn’t let up to start the second half, led by Alison Lewis and Chrishyanah Alston, who combined for nearly half of Sanford’s output on Saturday.
While the Warriors’ offense continued to do its job, Sanford’s defense was the x-factor against Archmere. Sanford allowed just seven points in the second and third quarter combined after Archmere scored six in the opening stanza. After three quarters, Sanford was in firm control leading Archmere 37-13.
In the fourth, with the contest all but in hand, both teams eventually emptied their benches until the final horn.
Alston led the way with 17 points for the Warriors, while Lewis dropped 12 in the quarterfinal victory.
Sanford will take on Caravel for the second-straight season in the state semifinals. The Warriors lost to the Bucs 48-40 last season.
Sanford and Caravel will play Wednesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center, with winner advancing to the state championship on Friday night.