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Seaford H.S.
Girls' Hoops Recap

1999-2000 Game by Game ...

State Tournament 2nd Round
Friday, March 3, 2000
William Penn 59, Seaford 34

The Blue Jays' hopes for a state title were dashed by the Colonials from the Blue Hen Conference.

Seaford played the last three weeks of the season without senior point guard Shiree Halley -- a 1,000-point scorer lost due to academic and disciplinary problems -- and her absence was noticeable against William Penn.

Seaford fell behind immediately, trailing 17-5 after the first period. The Blue Jays outscored the Colonials 14-13 in the second period, but then were outscored 11-0 to start the third quarter and never recovered to finish the season at 19-5.

Senior standout Tamekia Ross scored only 6 points but finished her career as the school's second all-time lead scorer with more than 1,300 career points.

Tonya Purnell led Seaford with 10 points.

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000
Caesar Rodney 49, Seaford 43

The Blue Jays lost a chance to defend last year's Henlopen Conference championship with the defeat in the Henlopen North playoff at Polytech.

Playing without starting point guard Shiree Halley, the Blue Jays fell behind 26-17 at halftime but pulled within 34-30 by the end of the third period.

Tamekia Ross led Seaford with 17 points. Center Kadebra Brittingham added 12 more. The Blue Jays dropped to 19-4. Seaford is seeded fourth in the state tournament and will face either William Penn or Archmere in the second round on Friday, March 3, at a site to be determined.

Caesar Rodney now faces Henlopen South champion Indian River in the girls' conference championship game Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at 7:30 p.m. at Sussex Tech.

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000
Seaford 52, Smyrna 20

The Blue Jays forced a playoff with Caesar Rodney to determine the Henlopen Conference's Northern Division champion and representative in the conference championship game with the victory.

Cassandra Wright hit 4 three-pointers and finished with 16 points to lead Seaford, which finished its regular season at 18-1 in the division and tied for first with CR.

The Blue Jays face Caesar Rodney at 7:30 p.m. at Polytech on Saturday, Feb. 26, in the North playoff. The winner will meet Henlopen South champion Indian River in the Henlopen championship game at Sussex Tech on Monday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

CR and Seaford split their regular season games, with Seaford beating CR at home, 56-49, on Feb. 10, and CR beating Seaford on its home floor, 44-36, on Dec. 16, 1999.

Against Smyrna, the Blue Jays led 11-1 after the first period, 24-9 at halftime, and then blew the game wide open with a 17-3 advantage in the third quarter.

Tonya Purnell and Tamekia Ross added 12 points apiece for Seaford. Purnell hit 2 three-pointers and Ross cllected 12 rebounds.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000
Seaford 55, Polytech 24

The Blue Jays moved closer to forcing a playoff with Caesar Rodney for the Henlopen North championship with the easy win. Should Seaford, now 17-1 in the division, and CR, which finished the division season at 18-1, finish tied, they will play Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, to determine the North champion and the North's representative in the conference championship game against South champion Indian River. Against Polytech, Tamekia Ross scored a game-high 13 points. Teammates Cassandra Wright and Ebony Keaton added 10 points each. Seaford led 28-16 at halftime and blew the game wide open with a 17-2 outburst in the third quarter.

Friday, Feb. 18, 2000
Seaford 40, Lake Forest 26

The Blue Jays remained a half-game behind Caesar Rodney in the Henlopen North with the win behind Tamekia Ross' 13 points and 15 rebounds. Kadebra Brittingham added 11 points. The Blue Jays are 16-1 in the Henlopen North and 17-3 overall and are on a collision course with CR for a playoff game to determine the Northern Division champion.

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000
Seaford 58, Dover 31

The Blue Jays rode a game-high 15 points by Tamekia Ross to stay on track with Caesar Rodney for the division lead in the Henlopen North. Cassandra Wright scored 13 points for Seaford, which rose to 15-1 in the North and 16-3 overall and remained just a half-game behind CR. Wright sank 3 three-pointers. The Blue Jays outscored Dover 21-7 in the second quarter to break the game open.

Monday, Feb. 14, 2000
Seaford 53, Delmar 24

Blue Jay coach James Weardon recorded his 100th career victory as his team kept pace with division-leading Caesar Rodney in the Henlopen North. Tamekia Ross sparked the Blue Jays with 15 points. Seaford broke the game open with a 25-4 advantage in the third quarter to rise to 14-1 in the North and 14-3 overall. Tonya Purnell chipped in with 10 points.

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000
Seaford 56, Caesar Rodney 49

For details on Seaford's win over Caesar Rodney in a battle for the Henlopen Conference Northern Division leadership, click on the link above.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000
Seaford 60, Sussex Central 35

Point guard Shiree Halley scored a game-high 25 points and registered her 1,000th career point as the Blue Jays routed the Knights. Halley became the sixth Blue Jay girl to score 1,000 career points. Teammate Tamekia Ross, who contributed 12 points in the win, became the fifth Blue Jay to reach the 1,000-point plateau earlier in the season.

Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000
Padua 59, Seaford 44

The Blue Jays suffered their first loss in more than a month and fell to 12-3 overall with the non-conference defeat. Seaford point guard Shiree Halley scored 15 points and is just 21 points shy of 1,000 for her career. Tamekia Ross scored 10 points and was plagued by foul trouble throughout. The Blue Jays trailed 28-16 at halftime.

Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000
Seaford 55, Sussex Tech 42

The Blue Jays kept pace with division leading Caesar Rodney behind Tamekia Ross' 29 points. Ross scored 12 of her points in the fourth quarter, when Seaford broke open a tie game to rise to 11-1 in the Henlopen North and 12-2 overall. Ross also grabbed 17 rebounds. Shiree Halley scored 12 points.

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000
Seaford 68, Milford 30

The Blue Jays stayed right on the heels of Henlopen North-leading Caesar Rodney with the easy victory. In rising to 8-1 in the North and 8-2 overall, Seaford bolted to a 36-7 halftime lead. Tamekia Ross led the way with 18 points. Teammates Shiree Halley and Kadebra Brittingham chipped in with 12 points apiece.

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000
Seaford 58, Woodbridge 29

Kadebra Brittingham ruled inside with a game-high 12 points to help the Blue Jays double up the Blue Raiders. Tamekia Ross and Cassandra Wright chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Seaford stayed just a game behind Caesar Rodney in the Henlopen North at 7-1 in the division and 7-2 overall.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000
Seaford 41, Indian River 31

For details on Seaford's win over Indian River in a battle of Henlopen Conference heavyweights, click on the link above.

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000
Seaford 60, Polytech 30

Tamekia Ross posted her 1,000th career point as the Blue Jays rose to 6-1 in the division and 7-2 overall with the easy triumph. Seaford led 35-10 at halftime and 58-18 after three quarters. Ross finished the game with 17 points and Shiree Halley added 14 more. Cassandra Wright and Kadebra Brittingham each contributed 8 points.

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000
Seaford 57, Laurel 46

The Blue Jays got 20 points from Tamekia Ross and 12 more from Shiree Halley in rising to 5-1 in the Henlopen North and 6-2 overall to remain a game behind division leading Caesar Rodney. Seaford led its rival 29-23 at halftime.

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999
Seaford 62, Dover 42

The Blue Jays got back on track to rise to 4-1 in the Henlopen North and 4-2 overall. Tamekia Ross led the way with 23 points as Seaford broke open a 24-24 halftime tie with a 27-7 outburst in the third quarter. Kadebra Brittingham gave the Blue Jays a big boost with 17 points and Shiree Halley added 15 more.

Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999
Caesar Rodney 44, Seaford 36

Seaford got its marquee players back but Tamekia Ross and Shiree Halley couldn't prevent the Henlopen North loss that dropped the Blue Jays to 3-1 in the division and 3-2 overall. Back from two-game suspensions for disciplinary reasons, Ross scored 18 points and Halley 5. The game was tied 26-26 after three quarters but CR ran away with the win in the fourth period.

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999
Seaford 41, Sussex Central 28

Seaford played its second straight game without starters Tamekia Ross and Shiree Halley but this time was able to pull out a Henlopen North victory behind Cassandra Wright's 10 points. Ross and Halley have been benched for disciplinary reasons by coach James Weardon. The Blue Jays are 3-0 and in first place in the North and 3-1 overall.

Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999
Caravel 62, Seaford 24

The Blue Jays suffered their first loss of the season with starters Tamekia Ross and Shiree Halley on the bench due to disciplinary reasons. Both players are Division I college prospects.

Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999
Seaford 54, Sussex Tech 39

Seaford remained unbeaten with Shiree Halley scoring 21 points. Tamekia Ross scored 15 points as the Blue Jays rose to 2-0 overall and in the Henlopen North. Seaford outscored Tech 26-9 in the fourth period, with Ross scoring 10 points and Halley 9 in the period.

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999
Seaford 48, Cape Henlopen 39

The Blue Jays used a 20-8 advantage in the third quarter to subdue Cape in a battle of the state's Top 10 teams. Seaford, ranked 8th, was led by Shiree Halley and Tamekia Ross, who scored all 20 of their team's points in the third quarter. Ross and Halley finished with 15 and 13 points, respectively. Halley also had 7 assists and 7 rebounds.

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