Familiar opponents await Central and Tech in girls’ hoops tourney

STATEWIDE – Familiar opponents await the Sussex Central and Sussex Tech girls’ basketball teams in the first round of the state tournament.

Each will square off against conference rivals when tournament play begins Tuesday, with No. 9 Central 15-5) hosting No. 24 Cape Henlopen (9-11) and No. 17 Tech (11-9) traveling to No. 16 Smyrna (10-10).

Central and Cape will play for a third time when tournament play begins Tuesday.(Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Central and Cape will play for a third time when tournament play begins Tuesday.(Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Northern Division champion Central swept the Vikings during the regular season, winning at home by three in mid-January and then 42-26 at Cape on Feb. 19. Smyrna swept Sussex Tech in a pair of nail-biters, winning in overtime 46-44 at home back in December and 48-45 when the teams met in Georgetown on Jan. 26.

If the Lady Knights win their opener, they will be at No. 8 Hodgson (16-4) on Thursday. A Lady Ravens’ opening round victory would advance them to a battle at top-seeded Ursuline (15-5) the same night.

First and second round games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

All games from the quarterfinals on will be played at The Bob Carpenter Center in Newark. The quarterfinals are on March 5, semifinals on March 9 and the championship game is slated for March 11.

The tournament’s top eight seeds all get byes in the first round. In order they are Ursuline, St. Elizabeth, Sanford, Concord, St. Thomas More, Caravel, Caesar Rodney and Hodgson.

The other Henlopen North team in the field is No. 12 Dover (9-10), which hosts No. 21 Lake Forest (13-7) out of the South. South champion and tournament No. 11 seed Woodbridge (14-6) drew No. 22 A.I. duPont (10-10) and No. 14 Milford (14-6) hosts No. 19 Delmarva Christian (14-6) in the opening round.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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