Winning hasn’t come easy for the Dover Senators, nor for the Sussex Tech Ravens on the hardwood this season. Nevertheless, the two Henlopen North squads tangled on Friday night in a game that meant an awful lot to both teams as they hoped to begin their climb from the bottom of the division.

After a slow start out of the gates for both teams, two Dover runs, and a near come-back from the Ravens, the Senators came away victorious 40-36.

Both teams were cold off the tip, scoring just 11 points between the two of them in the first stanza. Things picked up in the second, especially for the Senators as they used a late-half rally to pull ahead eight at the break.

In the third, the Lady Senators double-up the Ravens to increase their lead to double-digits after three quarters. However, the Ravens weren’t done yet dropping 17 in the fourth but coming up just four points short of a miraculous come-back.

The Senators pulled out the victory thanks to a well-rounded effort that saw seven different players finish with at least a basket. Pashence Harris led the way for Dover scoring a team-high 15 points in the win.

The victory is the first for the Senators since improving to 1-1 after defeating the same Sussex Tech team they dispatched Friday night. However, the Senators – like many teams – were in action on Saturday as well due to the cancelation of games earlier in the week due to inclement weather. The Senators fought hard but fell short of a come-back attempt themselves, falling to Middletown by three, 34-31 on Saturday to fall to 2-10 on the year.

The Senators return to the hardwood Tuesday traveling to take on the Smyrna Eagles at 7:15 p.m.

Despite 15 points from Castaysha Lewis on Friday, the Ravens fell for the fourth straight game bringing their record to 2-10 on the season.

The Ravens return to action Monday for the first of three conference matchups against Milford before taking on Seaford and rival Sussex Central later in the week.