After being one of the top-dogs in the Henlopen South division, the Polytech Panthers were having some trouble adjusting to their new home in the Henlopen North, starting the season at 0-6. More troublesome for the Panthers; three of their first six losses were against divisional opponents Sussex Central, Sussex Tech, and Cape Henlopen.
Not only was the Panthers’ 60-50 win on Wednesday their first victory of the season, but it came over previously undefeated and divisional foe Caesar Rodney.
The Panthers used a 21 fourth quarter outburst to pull away from the Riders in a game that was relatively close throughout.
After one quarter of play, the two squads were locked up at 15-15 and at the break the Riders led by just one at 24-23.
Led by junior Devaughn Mallory and his game-high 25 points the Panthers took a basket lead into the fourth and final stanza.
In the fourth, the Panther offense used a well-rounded attack and some strong defense to pull away. Along with Mallory’s 25, Christian Black and Juwan Gray scored nine apiece, while John Williams contributed seven points.
Despite having two players, James Palmer (15 points) and Colin Moore (14 points), finish in double-figures the Panthers defense was able to keep the rest of the Riders in check.
For the Panthers, they can finally breathe a sigh of relief after getting the first win of the season out of the way. Now, they must concentrate on continuing the turnaround and that starts Friday night in another divisional matchup against Dover.
The Riders will look to rebound suffering their first loss of the season after a 6-0 start Friday night when they host the Cape Henlopen Vikings.
Lady Riders sneak by Sussex Central, 58-57
The Caesar Rodney Riders girls basketball squad won their second consecutive game, defeating Sussex Central 58-57 on Monday night.
The contest didn’t get off to a good start for the Riders as they fell behind by eight early to Sussex Central. However, the Rider offense began to catch fire in the second quarter, outscoring the Golden Knights by six in the stanza to trail by just two at the break.
In the second half, led by Lexi Prillaman who finished with a game-high 24 points, the Rider offense continued to go to work keeping pace with the Golden Knights to head into the final quarter tied up.
Enter the final quarter tied up, the Rider offense pulled away eventually building a double-digit lead. However, Central fired back to bring the Rider lead down to just a possession in the game’s final moments but were unable to complete the late-game comeback.
Three Golden Knights finished in double-figures on Monday night, sophomore Emily Truitt led the way with a team-high 15, and junior Taylor Pritchett finished with 14, while sophomore Lamesha Walker contributed 12 points in the loss.
The loss is the first for the Golden Knights within the Henlopen Conference after going 3-0 to start the year. CR now finds themselves tied with Central at 4-3 on the season, trailing first-place Smyrna (4-1) in the Henlopen North division.