State Tournament Semifinals
Seaford 45, Sussex Tech 28
For details on the Ravens' state tournament semifinal loss to Seaford, click on the score above.
State Tournament Quarterfinals
Sussex Tech 73, William Penn 58
Photo: Sussex Tech's Toni Jones (top) and Brittany Atkins
The Ravens advanced to the state tournament semifinals for the first time in state history as they handed fourth-seeded William Penn its first loss of the season.
Under second-year head coach Wesley Townsend, the fifth-seeded Ravens improved to 21-2 as Toni Jones, a transfer from Cape Henlopen this season, dropped 30 points and 13 rebounds on the Colonials.
Tech now takes a 17-game winning streak into a semifinal matchup against top-seeded Seaford on Wednesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center.
The semifinal winners move into the state championship game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at 7 p.m.
Tech lost to Seaford in a hard-fought game, 54-41, on Jan. 3. The Ravens led Seaford in the third quarter of that game by 6 points before the Blue Jays rallied.
Against William Penn, the Ravens rode the scoring of Jones, a 5-11 senior forward, after getting off to a slow start.
Committing 10 turnovers in the first six minutes, the Ravens found themselves behind William Penn by 8 points in the second period.
At that point, though, Tech got untracked as it outscored William Penn 18-4 to take a 34-28 halftime lead.
Tech expanded that lead to 12 points with a 12-4 run to start the third quarter, but William Penn responded with a 9-0 spurt that pulled it within 46-41 going into the final period.
The Ravens recovered, though, and put the game away with a 27-point fourth quarter, including a nice run midway through the fourth quarter for a 65-51 advantage with 3:10 left.
Besides Jones, who hit both of Tech's three-pointers, Brittany Atkins and Myeisha Everette were also in double figures with 18 and 16 points, respectively. The three of them scored all but two of Tech's points in the fourth period.
Atkins controlled the boards with Jones by collecting 16 rebounds.
The Ravens' semifinal appearance also marks one of the few times, if not the first time, that a father and daughter have reached the state tournament semifinals of their respective basketball tournaments.
Tech forward Jaime Townsend is the daughter of head coach Wesley Townsend, who was a first team all-stater for the 1978 Indian River squad that reached the boys' finals that year.
Second Round State Tournament
Sussex Tech 49, Smyrna 30
Photo: Tech head coach Wesley Townsend
The Ravens started state tournament play with a victory over Smyrna in the second round.
Tech broke the game open in the second period when it outscored Smyrna 15-0 to take a 23-7 halftime lead.
The Ravens, seeded fifth in the tournament, are now 20-2 overall. They advance to a quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 William Penn on Monday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. in Smyrna.
William Penn reached the quarterfinals with a 58-42 win over Archmere. Smyrna finished its season at 15-9, including two losses to Tech.
On Friday night, the Ravens were led by Toni Jones, who poured in a game-high 21 points. She scored 14 of her points in the second half.
Myeisha Everette was also in double figures with 10 points.
Sussex Tech 75, Worcester (Md.) Prep 24
The Ravens rolled to the nonconference victory as they outscored Worcester 43-12 in the first half. Four Ravens scored in double figures, with Brittany Atkins leading the way with 24 points. Besides Atkins, Toni Jones, Anika jones and Melissa Malabet were also in double figures with 13, 12 and 12 points, respectively.
Sussex Tech 61, Sussex Central 40
The Ravens continued to surge as they easily dispatched their cross-town rivals in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division game.
In collecting their 10th consecutive victory since a loss to Seaford on Jan. 3, the Ravens jumped out to a big halftime lead as they held Sussex Central to just 3 points in the second quarter for a 38-9 advantage at the break.
Tech put three players in double figures, with Myeisha Everette leading the way with 13 points. Brittany Atkins and Toni Jones were also in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Tech is now 11-2 in the conference and still in contention for the Henlopen North crown.
Sussex Tech 58, Cambridge-South Dorchester (Md.) 28
Toni Jones continued her hot streak with her third straight 20-point outing. Jones scored 26 points to lead the nonconference win. She has averaged 26 points a game in the last three games.
Besides Jones, Brittany Atkins was in double figures with 14 points and Myeisha Everette added 8.
Tech burst out to a 34-16 lead at halftime and was never threatened.
Sussex Tech 75, Caesar Rodney 56
The Ravens scored a major upset by handing Caesar Rodney only its second conference loss of the season. With Toni Jones pouring in 30 points, Tech outscored CR 23-10 in the third period to take control. It was Jones' second 30-point game of the season.
Sussex Tech 69, Smyrna 30
The Ravens continued one of their best seasons in school history with their seventh straight win and their sixth straight rout.
Brittany Atkins and Toni Jones led the way for Tech with 24 and 22 points, respectively. Tech pulled away in the second quarter with a 22-6 advantage.
Sussex Tech 69, Delmar 29
The Ravens stormed out to a 22-5 lead after one quarter and never looked back. By halftime, Tech was ahead 42-12 after outscoring Delmar 20-7 in the second period. The Ravens used balanced scoring to secure the win, with Anika Jones, Toni Jones and Brittany Atkins all scoring 14 points apiece. Melissa Malabet added 8 points.
Sussex Tech 77, Laurel 26
The Ravens held the Bulldogs scoreless in the first quarter and cruised from that point. Tech took a 21-0 lead over Laurel after the first period. Toni Jones scored a game-high 26 points to lead Tech, while Brittany Akins scored 13 points, Jaime Townsend added 11 points, and Anika Jones contributed 10 points.
Sussex Tech 86, Woodbridge 25
The Ravens easily cruised to the Henlopen Conference victory as they outscored Woodbridge 47-14 in the first half.
Leading the way for Tech were Brittney Atkins with 21 points and Melissa Morris with 16 points. Amber Henderson scored 12 points, while Anika Jones and Monette Malabet added 10 and 8 points, respectively.
Sussex Tech 73, Milford 11
The Ravens had little trouble dispatching Milford.
Tech took a 39-4 lead at halftime and held Milford to 1 point in the fourth quarter.
Leading the Ravens were Brittney Atkins with 18 points and Myeisha Everette and Anika Jones with 13 points apiece. Toni Jones and Melissa Morris added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Sussex Tech 46, Dover 37
After a rough first half, the Ravens rebounded nicely for the Henlopen Conference Northern Division triumph.
Toni Jones sparked the victory with a 26 points. Brittney Atkins added 10 more points.
The Ravens suffered through a 5-point second quarter that left them behind 24-17 at halftime, but turned the game around with a 17-6 advantage in the third period.
Seaford 54, Sussex Tech 41
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Polytech 60, Sussex Tech 39
The Ravens suffered their first loss of the season as they fell to one of the Henlopen Conference Northern Division's favorites.
Tech forged a surprising 22-22 halftime tie against the Panthers, who reached the state semifinals last seaso, but the Ravens were outscored 20-7 in the third period and never recovered.
Toni Jones scored 12 points for the Ravens, while Polytech's Tyresa Smith had a monster game with 15 points, 20 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocked shots.
Sussex Tech 82, Lake Forest 22
The Jones' sisters continued to boost the spirits of the Raven girls' basketball program as they led the romp over Lake Forest.
Toni Jones scored a game-high 31 points, while Anika Jones contributed 11 as Tech rose to 2-0 overall.
Sussex Tech 58, Wilmington Friends 35
A rejuvenated Sussex Tech girls' basketball program, bolstered by the addition of transfers Toni and Anika Jones from Cape Henlopen, opened its 2002-2003 season with a rout of its upstate foe.
Toni Jones, the leading scorer in the Henlopen Conference last season, dropped 16 points on Friends. Anika Jones, her sister, added 11 more points as the Ravens jumped to an 18-5 first quarter lead and never looked back.
Jamie Townsend and Adkins added 11 points apiece for the Ravens.
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