Schlabach drops 20 points in Lady Royals’ third straight win

GEORGETOWN – Delmarva Christian girls’ basketball improved to 3-0 on the season with Wednesday night’s 47-35 victory over ESIAC opponent Salisbury Christian School.

Starting point guard Grace Fetterman scored four of the team’s first six points, but when the freshman committed two early fouls head coach Pat McCrea was forced to turn to Kandice Schlabach to temporarily fill in the point guard duties.

“I had to take her out when she got two fouls, but she’s our whole motor,” coach McCrea said of Grace. “When she plays like that, she gets Kandice open for better shots. But Kandice had to step up into the point guard position tonight – she’s normally the shooting guard. If Kandice didn’t step up we wouldn’t have gotten the W.”

Schlabach finished the game with a team-high 20 points, including 12 in the third quarter, to lead the Lady Royals to the 12-point victory.

Freshman Kandice Schlabach sprints down the court on a fast-break during the Lady Royals’ 47-35 victory over Salisbury Christian (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

“We’re a pretty young team, so we’ve just gotten to know each other in school and during practices,” Schlabach said of the team chemistry this season. “A few of the girls played volleyball together, so I think we have really worked well with each other so far this year.”

The Lady Royals took control of the game early on, jumping out to a quick 15-3 lead after just one quarter of play.

Salisbury Christian would cut into the lead, out-scoring the Lady Royals 11-5 in the second quarter to pull to within six points at the half (20-14).

Salisbury Christian went on a quick 12-5 lead to begin the third quarter, taking a 26-25 lead with 2:29 to play in the quarter.

The lead would be short-lived, however.

At the 2:16 mark, Schlabach hit a key three-pointer to re-gain the two-point lead. The Lady Royals never looked back.

Schlabach’s 12 third-quarter points, including the crucial three-pointer at the 2:16 mark, helped Delmarva Christian take a commanding 37-27 lead into the fourth quarter.

The freshman scored 10 points over the span of 1:23 to end the third quarter.

“In the locker room during halftime, our coaches told us to slow it down and think about what we’re doing, have good plays, do what we know how to do and take good shots,” Schlabach said of the second half break-out.

Late fourth-quarter baskets from Fetterman and Abby Agapito helped seal the team’s double-digit victory in front of the home crowd.

Fetterman and Agapito would finish with eight points each.

“We’re not used to being in front – our other two victories were from behind – so I told them at halftime we’re going to hold the ball, make them come out and play us,” coach McCrea said. “They all hustle, and we’re young so we’re still learning.”

The boys’ varsity squad, led by sophomore Wyatt Kwiatkowski’s game-high 17 points, would go on to defeat Salisbury Christian, 58-44, to complete the basketball sweep Wednesday night. The win hands the Royals (1-3) its first victory of the season.

Both the boys’ and girls’ squads will hit the road Monday, December 11 to take on Salisbury School (MD). The girls’ game tips off at 4 p.m. with the boys’ game tipping off at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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