Sussex Central sweeps district rival IR in rare varsity hoops doubleheader

GEORGETOWN – While the night might have been a throwback to the old, the Sussex Central girls’ basketball team quickly reminded intradistrict rival Indian River of its current dominance.

Tuesday night in the second part of a varsity doubleheader, the Lady Knights held IR to just five first half points before cruising to a 50-19 nonconference victory.

Senior Tank Abbott helped lead Central to a win over IR. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Senior Tank Abbott helped lead Central to a win over IR. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Earlier in the evening, the Sussex Central boys’ basketball team also defeated Indian River, 51-42, in the first half of the rare varsity double-dip that reminded older hoops fans of the way games were scheduled years ago.

For the boys it was their third straight victory after a 1-9 start to the season. The girls team moved to 9-5.

Senior Tank Abbott lead the Knights boys with 21 points in the victory and sealed the win late in the fourth quarter with his work from the free throw line.

Trailing by at least three possessions for most of the game, IR got to within two of the Golden Knights’ lead early in the fourth. Over the game’s final three minutes, however, Abbott went 6-of-8 from the stripe to keep the Indians from getting closer and eventually helped Central pull away.

Richard Flemming netted 10 of his 16 total points in the first half, as Central took a 28-19 lead into halftime before allowing IR back into the contest over the 14 minutes following break.

Central's girls' team had little trouble with rival IR. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Central’s girls’ team had little trouble with rival IR. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

In the nightcap, the Central girls didn’t run into the same trouble as the boys.

Despite suffering a few turnovers, the Lady Knights built a 25-5 lead over their rivals through the first two quarters before cruising to the win.

Overcoming early foul trouble, senior Lamesha Walker led Central with 11 points. Senior Emily Truitt and sophomore Baleigh Lambert each had 10.

Both Sussex Central teams will play again this week with each having Henlopen North games scheduled against Polytech. The girls are slated to host the Lady Panthers on Thursday at 6:15 p.m., and the boys are at Polytech a day later for a game scheduled to tip at 6 p.m.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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