'Complete game' leads St. E past Ursuline

By Sean Greene 2:19am, March 6, 2014
VIDEO: Highlights and reaction to St. Elizabeth's victory
Defending champion Saint Elizabeth will get a chance to repeat after upsetting No. 1 Ursuline 55-38 in the 2nd Delaware Girls Basketball Semifinal Wednesday night.

Ursuline swept the regular season series between the two teams despite trailing at halftime in both games, but they could not find the formula for a 3rd straight victory.

They took a quick 6-4 lead on three-pointers by Alyssa Irons and Adrianna Hahn , but struggled to consistently hit shots all night, being held to just 31 percent shooting.

St. Elizabeth would have no such problems, as they spent most of the evening penetrating Ursuline's defense whether in man-to-man or zone, ending up with 36 points in the paint compared to just 12 for the Raiders.

St. E led 13-8 after the first quarter, and 27-19 at the half, but it was a 20-10 3rd quarter that ended any hopes for the top seed to get to the finals.

Sabrina Hackendorn recorded a double-double with both 11 points and rebounds, while Macy Robinson had 16 points and 8 rebounds.

The key player for St. Elizabeth was Alex Thomas, who scored 14 points while playing point guard against the tenacious full-court defense of Ursuline.

Saint Elizabeth (17-5) shot 53 percent from the floor while outrebounding Ursuline 40-14 in what head coach Frank Aiello called his team's "most complete game" of the season. Next up for the Vikings is a finals showdown with No. 2 Sanford Friday night at 7pm.

Hahn made 6-of-20 shots while finishing with 17 points, with 8th grader Margaret Connolly adding 11 points off the bench for Ursuline (18-5).

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