Girls' Hoop Recap
Wednesday, March 7, 2001
Caravel 44, Seaford 29
Photo: Seaford head coach James Weardon
The Blue Jays' hopes of reaching the state tournament Final Four for the first time in school history ended in the quarterfinals when their outside shooting abandoned them.
Seaford, which made its living on three-point shooting and pressure defense, made only 4 of 29 three-point attempts against the tournament's top-seeded team.
The Blue Jays, the 9th seed, finished the season at 21-5 with its 8th straight trip to the state tournament. The victories included a win over Caesar Rodney in the Henlopen Conference championship game.
The Blue Jays were unable to practice Monday or Tuesday because of early school closings from the winter storm that passed up the coast. They trailed 12-7 after the first quarter and could get no closer than 20-16 in the second period.
Seaford coach James Weardon expects a return to the state tournament next season with the only loss to graduation on a well-balanced team being senior standout Cassandra Wright.
Tiara Malcolm, a University of Delaware recruit, led Caravel with 25 points.
Friday, March 2, 2001
Seaford 51, Polytech 41
Photo: Seaford's Kadebra Brittingham (top) and Cassandra Wright
For the second time this week, the 9th-seeded Blue Jays avenged a regular season loss in the post-season.
Seaford, now 21-4, advanced into the state tournament quarterfinals with a win over a Polytech team that had beaten it 50-47 on Jan. 23.
Earlier in the week, the Blue Jays avenged another regular season loss when they beat Caesar Rodney for the Henlopen Conference championship.
And after the victory over Polytech, they'll get at least one more shot to avenge a regular season loss when they face top-seeded Caravel Academy in a quarterfinal game on Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Smyrna.
Caravel beat Seaford on Jan. 27. The Bucs, now 18-5, reached the quarterfinals with a 73-45 win over Cape Henlopen on Friday.
Against Polytech, the Blue Jays used their lethal combination of stifling pressure defense, three-point bombing, and the power of center Kadebra Brittingham to secure the victory.
The defense forced 31 turnovers, the offense connected on 8 three-pointers, and Brittingham led the team in scoring with 14 points.
Cassandra Wright and Shirelle Tingle added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Tingle and Wright hit 3 three-pointers apiece and Elise Wynn, who scored 7 points, canned a pair of threes.
Still, foul problems kept the game close into the fourth quarter as Seaford lost one player to fouls and had four others with four fouls apiece by game's end.
Because of the foul trouble, Polytech was able to pull within three points with four minutes left in the game, but Wright's third three-pointer of the game sparked a 10-1 Seaford run to seal the win.
The Blue Jays led 25-16 at halftime. Polytech was led by Tyresa Smith's 17 points.
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001
Seaford 47, St. Elizabeth 24
Photo: Seaford's Shirelle Tingle
Seaford, fresh off its Henlopen Conference championship, easily won its first round state tournament game.
The 9th-seeded Blue Jays, led by Shirelle Tingle's 18 points, trailed 14-11 after the first period but allowed St. Elizabeth just a single point in each of the second and third periods while scoring 25 points themselves.
Guard Ashlee Burbage added 10 points for Seaford, which had been forced into overtime for a win over St. Elizabeth during the regular season.
The Blue Jays drained 8 three-pointers in the game including four by Tingle, two by Burbage, and two more by Elise Wynn. Wynn scored 6 points and center Kadebra Brittingham contributed 7 points.
The Blue Jays now face Polytech in the second round at Sussex Tech on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m.
St. Elizabeth, the tournament's 24th seed, finished its season at 9-15.
Seaford 54, Caesar Rodney 32
For details on the Blue Jays' Henlopen Conference championship game victory, click on the score above.
Seaford 84, Lake Forest 31
Photo: Seaford's Reniece Williams
Seaford tuned up for the Henlopen Conference championship game with an easy win in its regular season finale.
The Blue Jays torched Lake with a 39-2 advantage in the third quarter sparked by 13 of Cassandra Wright's game-high 22 points.
Reniece Williams aided Wright with 21 points of her own. Shirelle Tingle added 10 more points.
The Blue Jays face Henlopen North champ Caesar Rodney in the Henlopen Conference championship game on Monday, Feb. 26. Seaford lost to CR during the regular season.
The Blue Jays will also be the Henlopen South's automatic representative in the state tournament beginning Feb. 28.
Seaford 74, Delmar 25
Cassandra Wright exploded for a season-high 29 points and hit a school record 9 of the Blue Jays' 13 three-pointers. In rising to 15-2 in the Henlopen South and 16-4 overall, Seaford took a 41-14 halftime lead. Shirelle Tingle scored 11 points for Seaford and hit 3 of the three-pointers. The Blue Jays also got 9 points from Elise Wynn and 8 points apiece from Ashlee Burbage and Kadebra Brittingham.
Seaford 60, Indian River 27
The Henlopen South champion Blue Jays, sparked by center Kadebra Brittingham's 19 points, rolled to another easy divisional victory. Cassandra Wright scored 13 more points for Seaford and hit 4 of Seaford's 8 three-pointers. Shirelle Tingle hit 3 three-pointers and finished with 11 points. The Blue Jays broke the game open with a 23-2 advantage in the second period that gave them a 35-10 halftime lead. With the win, Seaford rose to 12-2 in the division and 14-4 overall.
Photo: Seaford's Ashlee Burbage
Ashlee Burbage and Kadebra Brittingham led the easy win over winless Woodbridge.
Seaford held Woodbridge scoreless in the first half, building a 50-0 halftime lead.
Burbage and Brittingham scored 18 points apiece. Burbage sank 3 of the Blue Jays' 5 three-pointers.
Reniece Williams added 13 points for Seaford.
Seaford 58, Cape Henlopen 39
Ashlee Burbage's 23 points propelled the Blue Jays to the easy win. Kadebra Brittingham tossed in 16 points for Seaford. The Blue Jays continue to lead the South with a 10-2 record. They are 11-3 overall.
Polytech 50, Seaford 47
The Blue Jays dropped their second straight game as they surrendered a 40-32 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Seaford was led by Ashlee Burbage's 18 points including a pair of three-pointers, in the battle of two of the state's Top 10 teams. Seaford slipped to 9-2 in the conference and 10-3 overall.
Seaford 59, Milford 26
Seaford rode 6 three-pointers by Cassandra Wright to the easy victory. The Blue Jays, who led 34-10 at halftime, got 10 more points from Elise Wynn. Seaford leads the Henlopen Conference's Southern Division with a 9-1 record. They are 10-1 overall and have won two straight since their only loss of the season to Caesar Rodney.
Seaford 54, Dover 22
Photo: Seaford's Chaunta Kilgoe
Seaford bounced back from its loss to Caesar Rodney with a big win over the Senators.
The Blue Jays were never challenged as they roared to a 25-12 halftime lead in rising to 8-1 in the conference and 9-1 overall.
Elise Wynn led three Blue Jays in double figures with 14 points.
Chaunta Kilgoe and Kadebra Brittingham added 10 points apiece.
Caesar Rodney 63, Seaford 53
Seaford suffered its first loss of the season in a likely preview of the Henlopen Conference championship game in late February.
The Blue Jays scored only 6 points in the first quarter and trailed by 10 at the end of the period. They trailed 24-8 in the second quarter before storming back to get back into the game, 37-31, at halftime.
Ashlee Burbage scored 16 points for the Blue Jays including 3 three-pointers. Kadebra Brittingham added 13 points and Cassandra Wright 9 including a three-pointer.
Seaford, whose only three conference losses in the past two seasons have all been to CR, dropped to 7-1 in the Southern Division and 8-1 overall. CR remained unbeaten in the conference at 8-0.
Seaford 62, Sussex Central 37
The Blue Jays rose to 7-0 in the conference and 8-0 overall in a tuneup for Thursday's showdown with unbeaten Caesar Rodney. Seaford jumped out to a 34-14 halftime lead and never looked back against Central. Kadebra Brittingham's 14 points sparked the Blue Jays. Elise Wynn and Cassandra Wright added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Seaford 52, Lake Forest 15
Photo: Seaford's Reniece Williams
Seaford remained unbeaten with the easy Henlopen South victory.
The Blue Jays are now 6-0 in the South and 7-0 overall.
Reniece Williams paced the Blue Jays with 12 points. Cassandra Wright added 10 more.
So far this season, the Blue Jays have outscored their Southern Division opponents 58.5-20.2 points per game.
The Blue Jays host Caesar Rodney on Thursday, Jan. 12, in a likely preview of the Henlopen Conference championship game.
Seaford 65, Smyrna 24
Photo: Seaford's Elise Wynn
The Blue Jays rose to 5-0 in the Henlopen South and 6-0 overall with another easy division victory.
Cassandra Wright and Kadebra Brittingham led the way for Seaford with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Elise Wynn and Reniece Williams contributed 11 points apiece.
The Blue Jays canned 7 three-pointers including three by Tanya Purnell and two more by Wright.
The Blue Jays were never challenged as they bolted to a 27-9 halftime lead. They finished Smyrna off with a 21-5 advantage in the third quarter.
Seaford 40, Delmar 27
The Blue Jays remained unbeaten with a Henlopen South victory that was more difficult than the final score indicates. Seaford, which routed its first three Southern Division opponents of the season, led by just four points going into the fourth quarter against Delmar. The Blue Jays clamped down in the fourth period, though, allowing Delmar only 5 points while scoring 14. Ashlee Burbage and Kadebra Brittingham sparked the Blue Jays with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Brittingham hit 6 of 8 free throws.
Seaford 62, Laurel 28
Photo: Seaford's Tanya Purnell
The Blue Jays continued their romp through the Henlopen South.
Now 3-0 overall and 4-0 in the South, Seaford has outscored its first three South opponents 194-55.
Tanya Purnell led the Blue Jays with 18 points and 9 steals.
Seaford sank 7 three-pointers and outscored Laurel 19-4 in the third quarter to take a 42-15 advantage into the final period.
Cassandra Wright and Reniece Williams canned two three-pointers apiece.
Seaford 45, Indian River 20
For details on the Blue Jays' key Henlopen South victory over defending division champion Indian River, click on the score above.
Seaford 61, St. Elizabeth 53 (OT)
The Blue Jays scored a big nonconference win over the perennial upstate heavyweight. In rising to 2-0, Seaford outscored the Vikings 10-2 in the extra period. The Blue Jays sank 6 three-pointers in the win, including three by Shirelle Tingle and two by Cassandra Wright. Wright led Seaford with 15 points. Ashlee Burbage added 12 points Tingle and Kadebra Brittingham added 11 points apiece.
Seaford 87, Woodbridge 7
The Blue Jays served notice that they are still a formidable team despite the loss of leading scorers Tamekia Ross and Shiree Halley to graduation. Ashlee Burbage scored 20 points and Kadebra Brittingham added 17 more. Elise Wynn contributed 14 in the season-opening triumph.
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