The Sussex Tech girls’ basketball team moved into the second round of the state tournament with a 72-36 win over Laurel Feb. 28 at Tech.
The Ravens started out hot and just got hotter, as they outscored the Bulldogs in every aspect of the contest. Tech ended the first quarter with a 15-8 lead after putting up the first nine points of the game. The second quarter found the Ravens powering their running game and high-pressure defense, taking a 36-17 advantage into the halftime break. Not letting up, Tech came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, matching their first-half score with 36 and finishing off the Bulldogs 72-36.
The Ravens were led by Janiya Stevens with 15 points, while Arnaisa Taylor added 13. Lakendra Harpe, Jayla Mullen and Mi’Cah Shelton each put nine points on the scoreboard. Aliyah Browning added eight to the Tech total.
“A lot of times in the first round of the state tournament, you get somebody you might not know well,” said Tech head coach Justin Davis. “We got a team we know well. I grew up with Kevin Walmsley, their coach, and I know them. We just played them a week-and-a-half ago. They played well tonight. The score was about the same. It was much more of a game. I give credit to him and them for being ready.”
With the Ravens winning the Henlopen Conference Championship last week, Davis was a little apprehensive that his team might have a letdown facing a team they defeated 68-40 just nine days ago.
“It crossed my mind,” he said. “As a coach, you overthink things anyway. We had the weekend to celebrate the conference championship at Dover, but got our draw that afternoon, so we knew on our way back from Dover that we were already thinking Laurel. And for us, it’s what we can do to be prepared and what do we do to prevent things from going wrong.”
Logan Handy led the Bulldogs with 13 points.
The Ravens will travel north to take on eighth-seeded Howard Friday, March 2.