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  • Sanford back on top again; downs St. Elizabeth for fourth state title

  • After winning back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011 the Sanford Warriors girls’ basketball squad found themselves on the outside looking in after falling in the championship and semifinal round that last two years.Now, they’re back on the top of the mountain, having won their fourth state title and third th...
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  • After winning back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011 the Sanford Warriors girls’ basketball squad found themselves on the outside looking in after falling in the championship and semifinal round that last two years.
    Now, they’re back on the top of the mountain, having won their fourth state title and third this decade after defeating defending champion St. Elizabeth 58-37 on Friday night at the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of the University of Delaware.
    The Lady Warriors were led by senior standout Alison Lewis, who scored a game-high 27 points, practically taking over the ballgame in the second half.
    But it wasn’t all roses at the start for Sanford Friday night, as the Vikings used smart ball-movement to evade the Warrior press. Some Sanford miscues allowed the Vikings to build an early eight-point lead late in the first quarter.
    But after the rough first stanza for Sanford, their offense began to click thanks to Lewis, who took charge for the rest of the game. The Lady Warriors outscored St. Elizabeth 25-6 in the second quarter to take a 27-16 lead into the break. They continued to build on that momentum in the third, going on another extended run to pull away 41-20 late in the third while staving off any hopes of Viking comeback in the final quarter.
    The shell-shocked Vikings never quit, and their effort was never lacking. However, after Sanford’s late run to end the first half and another offense burst to start the second, St. E’s simply didn’t have an answer for Lewis or the Warriors.
    Even with the early season loss to St. Elizabeth in the back of their minds, and the shaky start, the Warriors were unfazed.
    “We learned how to play to our strength which is defense and athleticism and just outworked them,” said Lewis. “Coach got on us, and we decided as a team we’re going to dominate and score the ball more than they did.”
    “They really challenge themselves when they get down,” said Sanford head coach Marcus Thompson. “So, I was content to see how they would compete and I knew they would; they have all year.”
    For Lewis and others, this championship is special since they weren’t around for the back-to-back titles won a few years ago.
    “It feels great, I’ve been waiting my whole life for this. It’s total bliss,” said Lewis. “It’s the best feeling, last year we didn’t go out on top and now I know both ways and this is definitely the better way.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Thompson had high praise for his star player.
    “Lewis is the best player in the state and unselfish,” said Thompson. “She came out today and said ‘I’m going to get everyone involved’ and I think that’s why we got out to a sluggish start. And [then] she said ‘now I’m going to take over’ and the team said ‘go ahead and we’ll take care on the defensive end.’”

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