Girls' Hoop Recap
Delaware State Tournament
A.I. DuPont 53, Seaford 40
For details on the Blue Jays' state tournament semifinal loss to A.I. DuPont, click the score above.
Delaware State Tournament
Seaford 63, Caesar Rodney 47
For details on the Blue Jays' state tournament quarterfinal victory over CR, click the score above.
Delaware State Tournament
Seaford 58, Glasgow 50
Photo: Senior center Kadedra Brittingham led the Blue Jays to a second round win.
The fourth-seeded Blue Jays advanced to the state tournament quarterfinals for the second straight season with the second round win over No. 13 Glasgow.
Seaford, now 22-2, will face Henlopen Conference rival Caesar Rodney in the quarterfinals on Monday, March 4, at a site and time to be determined. The Riders, seeded fifth, defeated Ursuline 59-44 in their second round game to rise to 19-5.
The Blue Jays and CR have faced each other in major Henlopen battles several times in the past few seasons. This year, Seaford beat CR 48-41 in the Henlopen championship game after losing to the Riders during the regular season.
Against Glasgow, Seaford saw the Dragons whittle a 14-1 Blue Jay advantage in the game's first four minutes to 40-38 by the end of the third quarter.
The visiting Dragons then took the lead for the first time, at 41-40, with 6:21 left in the game. Glasgow still led 45-44 before Seaford, behind 8 of center Kadedra Brittingham's 19 points, went on a 14-5 run to close the game out.
Guard Ashlee Burbage contributed 10 points and forward Roniece Williams added 8 points and 10 rebounds.
Glasgow, which trailed 31-21 at halftime, concluded its season at 13-11.
Henlopen Championship Game
Seaford 48, Caesar Rodney 41
For details on the Blue Jays' second consecutive Henlopen Conference championship, click the score above.
Seaford 66, Lake Forest 28
The Blue Jays concluded their regular season with an easy Henlopen Conference triumph.
The Southern Division champions rose to 18-1 in the conference and 19-2 overall with their 12th win in a row.
They will meet Caesar Rodney, the only conference team to beat them this year, in the conference championship game for the third straight year on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Sussex Tech.
CR clinched the Northern Division on Thursday, Feb. 21, to edge Polytech for the crown.
It will be the second straight year the two teams have met in the conference championship game. Seaford beat CR in last year's title game after losing to the Riders during the regular season.
Against Lake Forest, Seaford was paced by forward Roniece Williams with 18 points. Guard Ashlee Burbage, center Kadedra Brittingham and guard Tonya Purnell added 14, 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Seaford 61, Smyrna 27
Seaford mowed down its 11th straight victim behind guard Tonya Purnell and center Kadedra Brittingham.
In rising to 17-1 in the conference and 18-2 overall, the Blue Jays jumped out to a 33-15 halftime lead and didn't let up.
Purnell paced the Jays with 16 points, while Brittingham added 14. Ashlee Burbage and Shirelle Tingle pitched in with 7 points apiece, while Roniece Williams added 6 more.
Seaford 73, Delmar 22
The Blue Jays showed no signs of slowing down after clinching their second straight Henlopen Conference Southern Division crown.
The Blue Jays throttled Delmarwith a 37-14 advantage in the first half and a 26-4 edge in the third quarter.
With their 10th straight win, the Blue Jays rose to 16-1 in the conference and 17-2 overall.
Guards Ashlee Burbage and Tonya Purnell and center Kadedra Brittingham scored 12 points apiece for Seaford.
Seaford 60, Laurel 22
Photo: Seaford head coach James Wearden
The Blue Jays clinched their second straight Henlopen Conference Southern Division title with the win combined with second-place Smyrna's loss to Cape Henlopen in another game Thursday.
Seaford improved to 15-1 in the conference with three games remaining, while Smyrna dropped to 10-5 with four games left. The Blue Jays lead Smyrna by 4 1/2 games.
Seaford will face either Polytech or Caesar Rodney as they defend their 2001 conference championship in the 2002 title game on Monday, Feb. 25. Seaford beat Polytech but lost to Caesar Rodney this season.
The Blue Jays struggled early against Laurel, but took complete command in the second half by outscoring the Bulldogs 41-8.
Seaford knocked down 11 three-pointers, including 5 by Tonya Purnell and 4 by Roniece Williams.
Williams led the Blue Jays with 18 points, while Purnell contributed 15. Also in double figures was Ashlee Burbage with 10 points.
The victory was Seaford's ninth straight.
Seaford 57, Indian River 33
Photo: Seaford center Kadedra Brittingham
The Blue Jays moved closer to their second straight Henlopen Conference Southern Division crown with their eighth straight victory.
Seaford rose to 14-1 in the conference and 15-2 overall. The Jays hold a 3 1/2-game lead over second-place Smyrna with four conference games remaining. Smyrna is 10-4 with five conference games left.
The Blue Jays eliminated third-place Indian River from title contention with the big win on Tuesday night.
Center Kadedra Brittingham sparked the victory by scoring 10 of her 12 points in the pivotal third quarter, when the Jays outscored IR 23-5 to put the game out of reach.
Guard Ashlee Burbage paced the Blue Jays with 16 points, while Roniece Williams added 10 more. Point guard Shirelle Tingle chipped in with 9 points.
Seaford 56, St. Elizabeth 47
The Blue Jays got a big nonconference victory to rise to 15-2 overall. Seaford got 20 points from guard Ashlee Burbage and 19 more from center Kadedra Brittingham. The Blue Jays outscored St. Elizabeth 13-6 in the second quarter and 14-10 in the fourth quarter.
Seaford 77, Woodbridge 2
The Blue Jays shut Woodbridge out in three of the four quarters of the Henlopen Conference contest. Center Kadedra Brittingham and Tonya Purnell led four Jays in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Also in double figures were point guard Shirelle Tingle with 12 points and guard Ashlee Burbage with 10 points. Adding to the balanced attack were Roniece Williams with 9 points and Chauntae Kilgoe with 8 points. The victory raised Seaford to 13-1 in the conference and 14-2 overall.
Seaford 54, Sussex Tech 22
Photo: Seaford's Roniece Williams
The Blue Jays had little trouble in recording their fifth straight Henlopen Conference triumph.
The Blue Jays opened up a 28-12 halftime lead over Sussex Tech and never looked back as they rose to 12-1 in the conference and 13-2 overall.
Roniece Williams led all scorers with 20 points. Ebony Keaton and Kadedra Brittingham chipped in with 9 and 8 points, respectively.
Seaford 59, Cape Henlopen 37
Photo: Seaford guard Ashlee Burbage
The Blue Jays bounced back from a first quarter deficit to take the Henlopen Conference battle between two of Sussex County's best girls' basketball teams.
Seaford trailed 9-6 after the first quarter but responded with a 16-6 advantage in the second quarter to go up 22-15 at halftime.
Keying a balanced attack were guard Ashlee Burbage and center Kadedra Brittingham, who finished with 15 points apiece.
Point guard Shirelle Tingle and Ebony Keaton joined them in double figures with 10 points apiece. Tingle hit 2 of the Jays' 3 three-pointers.
The win raised the Southern Division leaders to 11-1 in the conference and 12-2 overall.
Seaford 30, Polytech 26
The Blue Jays collected a huge Henlopen Conference victory over the Northern Division leaders in a possible preview of the conference championship game.
In rising to 10-1 in the conference and 11-2 overall, the Blue Jays handed Polytech its first conference loss.
Seaford had to overcome a 22-15 deficit late in the third quarter and a two-point deficit in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter to pull out the low-scoring contest.
The Blue Jays did so behind guard Shirelle Tingle and center Kadedra Brittingham, who led Seaford with 8 points apiece. Tingle canned two of Seaford's four three-pointers.
Tonya Purnell and Roniece Williams added 5 and 4 points, respectively, including a three-pointer each.
Seaford 54, Milford 19
The Blue Jays cruised to an easy Henlopen Conference victory with an 11-2 advantage over Milford in the second period. Ashlee Burbage led the Jays with 16 points, while Roniece Williams contributed 13. Shirelle Tingle and Ebony Keaton added 8 points apiece. Burbage and Willims each hit three of Seaford's nine three-pointers, while Tingle dropped two more. Seaford is 9-1 in the conference and 10-2 overall.
Seaford 43, Dover 19
The Blue Jays rebounded from their loss to CR with a resounding Henlopen Conference triumph. Ashlee Burbage paced the Jays with 11 points. Roniece Williams added 10 more. Seaford led 26-11at halftime in rising to 8-1 in the conference and 9-2 overall.
Casear Rodney 57, Seaford 43
The Blue Jays suffered their first Henlopen Conference loss of the season to their perennial nemesis Caesar Rodney.
In falling to 7-1 in the conference and 8-2 overall, the Blue Jays fell behind early as they trailed 18-7 after the first quarter.
CR put the game away in the third period as it extended its lead to 20 points.
Center Kadedra Brittingham paced the Blue Jays with 13 points.
CR was led by freshman Micki Younger's 19 points.
Seaford 79, Sussex Central 16
The Blue Jays held their opponents under 20 points for the second straight game and the fourth time this season as they rolled to the Henlopen Conference win.
Now 7-0 in the conference and 8-1 overall, the Blue Jays stormed to a 45-8 halftime advantage over winless Sussex Central.
For the game, Seaford poured in 9 three-pointers, including 5 by Tonya Purnell.
Purnell finished the game with 17 points, while Ashlee Burbage led all scorers with 21 points. Roniece Williams added 13 points.
Seaford 63, Lake Forest 15
The Blue Jays got back on the winning track with the easy Henlopen Conference triumph.
In rising to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the conference, the Jays outscored Lake Forest 34-5 in the first half.
The Blue Jays were sparked by Roniece Williams, who poured in 16 points and hit 4 three-pointers.
Chauntae Kilgoe scored 9 points and Curtisha Ross added 8 more.
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001
Padua 42, Seaford 39
The Blue Jays suffered their first loss of the season in the championship game of the First State Orthopaedic Cup bracket of the annual Diamond State Classic.
Seaford, now 6-1 overall, led 28-26 late in the third quarter when center Kadedra Brittingham scored 5 of her 11 points.
But the Pandas, behind senior Katy Vogel, came back and sealed the game on two foul shots by Vogel with 15 seconds left. Vogel finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds and nailed five three-pointers.
Brittingham and teammate Ashlee Burbage were named to the all-bracket team along with Vogel, William Penn's Madeline Baker and Bianca Brown, and Kathleen Thomas of Robert E. Lee (Va.).
Seaford 54, William Penn 28
Seaford center Kadedra Brittingham ripped down 17 rebounds to spark the Blue Jays in the semifinals of the First State Orthopaedic Cup bracket of the annual Diamond State Classic.
Brittingham, a 6-foot senior, helped the unbeaten Blue Jays outscore William Penn 15-3 in the last half of the second period as they rose to 6-0 overall.
Brittingham's effort keyed a 45-rebound performance by Seaford, with Ashlee Burbage grabbing 10 and Ebony Keaton 9.
Tonya Purnell led Seaford scorers with 10 points, while Burbage posted 8 points and 5 assists. Keaton and Elise Wynn had three steals apiece.
Seaford led 49-20 entering the fourth quarter.
Seaford 61, Smyrna 28
The Blue Jays continued to roll through the Henlopen Conference with the easy Southern Division triumph.
Now 5-0 overall and in the conference, Seaford led 33-15 at halftime.
Ashlee Burbage led the Blue Jay barrage with 16 points.
Center Kadedra Brittingham notched another 11 points and Roniece Williams contributed 9.
The Blue Jays canned 7 three-pointers, including three by Burbage and 2 by Tonya Purnell. Williams and Elise Wynn also nailed threes.
Cheri Bryant and Katisha Evans led Smyrna with 8 and 7 points, respectively.
Seaford 45, Delmar 17
Photo: Seaford's Shirelle Tingle
The Blue Jays rolled to the Henlopen Conference victory and remained unbeaten at 4-0 in the conference and overall.
Seaford led Delmar 28-4 at halftime.
The Blue Jays were led by 10 points including two three-pointers by point guard Shirelle Tingle.
Center Kadedra Brittingham added 8 points and guard Ashlee Burbage 7 points.
Seaford 51, Laurel 24
The Blue Jays whipped their rivals behind three double-figure scorers to remain unbeaten.
Ashlee Burbage led the way with 18 points including a pair of three-pointers to help lift Seaford to 3-0 in the Henlopen Conference and overall.
Roniece Williams contributed 12 points and Tonya Purnell added 10. Purnell also had two three-pointers.
Seaford broke the game open in the first half with a 13-2 advantage after one quarter and a 29-8 lead at halftime that Laurel couldn't recover from.
The defending conference champions have outscored their first three opponents 222-74.
Seaford 69, Indian River 35
Photo: Seaford's Tonya Purnell
Seaford continued its dominance of the Henlopen Conference with a win over one of the Henlopen Conference Southern Division's most likely challengers.
The Blue Jays bolted to a 20-4 first quarter lead and extended that advantage to 34-8 by halftime.
Tonya Purnell led a balanced attack that saw five Blue Jays hit double figures with 14 points.
Also in double figures were Elise Wynn with 13 points, Kadedra Brittingham with 12 points, and Roniece Williams and Ebony Keaton with 11 points apiece.
Williams had a big all-around game with 12 rebounds and 6 steals. Brittingham hauled in 9 rebounds and Ashlee Burbage recorded 7 assists and 7 steals.
The Blue Jays devastated the Indians with 21 points on three-pointers, with Purnell canning four and Wynn sinking three.
Seaford 102, Woodbridge 15
The Blue Jays opened the defense of their Henlopen Conference championship by hitting the century mark for the first time ever.
The Blue Jays recorded the most points and their largest margin of victory in the history of the girls' basketball program at Seaford.
Ashlee Burbage led six players in double figures with 20 points, while Roniece Williams added 18. Burbage and Williams each hit one of the Blue Jays' six three-pointers.
Point guard Shirelle Tingle hit two of those threes on the way to 14 points. Center Kadedra Brittingham added 15 points and Curtisha Ross, the sister of former Seaford standout Tameika Ross, contributed 13 more.
Elise Wynn was the final Blue Jay to hit double figures with 10 points including a three-pointer.
Williams led all rebounders with 14, while Tonya Purnell and Brittingham added nine rebounds apiece. Tingle dished out 6 assists and collected 7 steals, while Wynn had 5 steals.
The Blue Jays led 58-11 at halftime and then shut Woodbridge out in the third quarter, 23-0.
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