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Seaford, Tech Reach
Girls' Semifinals

The Seaford High School girls' basketball team came up short in its bid to be the first Sussex County team in 30 years to win a state championship when it lost to Polytech 57-46 in the 2003 Delaware girls' state title game on Saturday, March 8, at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center.

The victory by Polytech, though, gave the Henlopen Conference its first girls' state basketball title since Cape Henlopen won the very first state championship game in 1973.

Seaford had beaten Sussex Tech in the semifinals on Wednesday, March 5.

Tech, seeded fifth, finished its season with a 21-3 record as its 17-game winning streak was ended.

Besides the unprecedented appearance of two Sussex County programs in the Final Four, Polytech's apppearance in the semifinals marked the first time in tournament history that three Henlopen Conference squads had reached the girls' Final Four.

No Sussex girls' team has won a state title since the 1973 Cape Henlopen squad coached by Bob Cassady won the first state tournament 30 years ago. Sussex Central lost to Ursuline in the 1995 finals.

Delmar was the only other Sussex County team to qualify for this year's state tournament. The Wildcats, seeded 24th in the 24-team field, concluded their season with a 55-48 loss to Glasgow to finish with an 11-11 record.

Following are schedules and results for the girls' tournament.

Girls' Tournament
Finals, Saturday, March 8
* (Sussex County teams in bold face) Girls' Tournament
Semifinals, Wednesday, March 5
* (Sussex County teams in bold face) Quarterfinals, Monday, March 3
* (Sussex County teams in bold face)
  • Seaford 57, Caesar Rodney 43
  • Sussex Tech 73, William Penn 58
  • No. 15 Concord (15-6) at No. 7 Sanford (17-5), at Brandywine, 7 p.m.
  • Polytech 46, Ursuline 43
Second Round, Friday, Feb. 28
* (Sussex County teams in bold face)
  • Seaford 61, St. Elizabeth 41
  • Sussex Tech 49, Smyrna 31
  • William Penn 58, Archmere 42
  • Concord 59, St. Mark's 56 (2 OT)
  • Sanford 69, Red Lion 46
  • Polytech 65, Charter 31
  • Ursuline 52, Tower Hill 39
  • Caesar Rodney 69, Glasgow 39
First Round, Wednesday, Feb. 26
* (Sussex County teams in bold face)
  • St. Elizabeth 56, Dover 36
  • Glasgow 55, Delmar 48
  • Archmere 45, A.I. DuPont 42
  • Smyrna 39, Friends 24
  • Concord 49, Caravel 40
  • Red Lion Christian 48, Christiana 31
  • Wilmington Charter 66, New Castle Baptist 31
  • Ursuline 41, Padua 31

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