Central girls defeat Dover, force North tiebreaker game against CR

GEORGETOWN – The Sussex Central girls’ basketball team has clinched at least a first place tie in the Henlopen North.

Playing in its final regular season game Tuesday night, Central rallied to defeat Dover 36-33.

The win moved the Lady Knights (14-5 overall, 10-2 North) into a tie with Caesar Rodney (16-4, 10-2) atop the division. After splitting their regular season games, the two will play a rubber-match on Wednesday at Milford High to determine a division champion.

Ambria Stratton (5) and the Lady Knights finished the regular season tied with CR in the North. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Ambria Stratton (5) and the Lady Knights finished the regular season tied with CR in the North. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Trailing Dover 28-19 with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter, Central got behind senior Tatyana Jenkins and mounted a comeback. Jenkins finished with a game-high 18 points.

With the Knights clinging to a one-point lead late in the game, freshman Azayah Garrison forced a crucial Dover turnover in the post to keep Central’s advantage. Not long after, senior Lamesha Walker knocked down a pair of free-throws that gave the Knights their three-point advantage, which they made stick.

This is the third consecutive season Sussex Central has finished in at least a tie atop the Henlopen North standings. The Knights won the North – and the conference – last season and two years ago they finished in a three-way tie with CR and Smyrna.

Wednesday’s tiebreaker is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The winner will play South champion Woodbridge on Friday, 6 p.m., at Dover High for the overall conference title.

Regardless of which team wins between CR and Sussex Central, both are safely in the upcoming state tournament. Woodbridge is also already locked in the state tournament with the Henlopen South automatic bid.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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