The Sussex Academy girls’ basketball team fell behind 11-2 in the first quarter and the Indian River squad never looked back, scoring a 40-18 victory over the Seahawks Thursday, Jan. 3 in Georgetown.
Senior Kathryn Van Pelt led the Seahawks with 10 points. Delaney Smith, Rachael Megonigal, Nicole DiAmico and Tabitha Curry each had two.
Julia Jordan and Micayla Meehan scored 13 for Indian River.
The Indians moved to 4-5 on the season, while the Seahawks dropped to 1-5.
“We got down a little too far and just couldn’t dig ourselves out,” said SAS coach Cody White. “We had a lot of turnovers, bad passes and we didn’t box out. Indian River is really big, and we were very timid. They shoot fine in practice, but shy away from shooting in the games. We’re young and that’s what it comes down to. We need the seniors to step up for leadership. Even if we do lose, we never give up and that’s what I pride my team on. We’ll never quit even if we’re down 50.”
A bright spot for the Seahawks was the play of freshman point guard Bella Guckes who came from Holy Cross.
“My teammates really help me out a lot,” said Guckes.
“We lost three starters after last year through transfers and other sports,” said senior forward Delaney Smith. “We are team players and we would rather pass than shoot.”
SAS went 10-10 last season.
The Seahawks got back on the winning track with a 48-12 win over Design Thinking Academy at Sussex Academy Jan. 4.
Kathryn Van Pelt led the Seahawks with 18 points. Smith scored six and Guckes added five. Tabitha Curry and Nicole DiAmico each scored four. Courtney Maccubbin tallied three while Claire Loftus, Alyssa Oscar, Sharon Rodriguez and Susely Temaj Cifuentes added two.
The Lady Seahawks travel to Seaford Tuesday, Jan. 8, to take on the Blue Jays.