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CR Ousted in
State Semifinals

 
Girls State Tourney ...

Ursuline, St. Mark's to
Battle for Girls' Title

The last downstate team left in the 2001 Delaware state high school girls' basketball tournament was eliminated in the semifinals on Friday, March 9.

Caesar Rodney, the tournament's third seed, lost to No. 7 Ursuline Academy 64-48 Friday night at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center.

The Riders were bidding to become only the third Henlopen Conference team to reach the championship game in the tournament's history and only the second downstate team to ever win a state title. Cape Henlopen was the last downstate team to win a girls' title, way back in 1973.

CR finished its season at 21-5. Ursuline rose to 17-8 and will take on defending state champion St. Mark's in the championship game on Monday, March 12, at the Carpenter Center. St. Mark's, the fourth seed with a 20-5 record, defeated top-seeded Caravel 36-28 in its semifinal. Caravel finished at 19-6.

Earlier in the tournament, the last Sussex County team, Seaford, lost to top-seeded Caravel 44-29 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 7. Seaford had beaten CR in the Henlopen Conference championship game on Feb. 28.

CR, which lost to Seaford in the Henlopen Conference championship game on Feb. 28, advanced to the semifinals for the first time in the program's history with a 53-48 quarterfinal win over No. 6 Glasgow.

Ursuline has won nine state championships including the 1995 title. St. Mark's has won three state championships since 1996.

The Sussex County teams eliminated in early rounds were Cape Henlopen, Delmar, Indian River and Sussex Tech.

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