Pa. Girls: Delco Christian wins District 1 Class A title

Christopher Dock players gather around their District 1 Class AA trophy in celebration after rolling over New Hope-Solebury, 45-19 in the final. Dock recorded a season-record 22d win.
Christopher Dock players gather around their District 1 Class AA trophy in celebration after rolling over New Hope-Solebury, 45-19 in the final. Dock recorded a season-record 22d win. (RON CORTES / Staff Photographer)
Posted: March 04, 2012

The young Delco Christian basketball team found out on Saturday how much the squad has matured during the season.

The Knights (15-12) captured their third straight District 1 Class A championship with a 39-32 victory at Haverford College against a Morrisville (25-3) team that had beaten Delco twice in the regular season.

Junior Anna Evans scored all of her 10 points in the first half, and 5-foot-10 sophomore Jamie Barr collected seven rebounds and 10 blocked shots.

On defense, Knights junior Jocelyn Chavous played effectively against Morrisville standout Kievanna Lacey, who scored seven points after scoring a combined 36 points against Delco in two previous meetings this winter.

"We're a young team," Delco Christian coach Mark Weaver said. "We have no seniors and we were growing as the season went on. We were really inexperienced at the beginning of the year."

District 1 Class AAAA. Visiting Downingtown West, ranked No. 5 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half and beat No. 1 Council Rock South, 56-50, in the third-place game.

The Whippets took a three-point lead with a minute left when Brittany Sicinski converted a one-and-one foul opportunity.

Sicinski, a senior guard, dominated the win with 30 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. CRS's Alex Wheatley scored 21 points.

Sophomore guard Alex Louin guided Mount St. Joseph past Upper Darby, 53-27, at Cheltenham to take the No. 5 seed for the state tournament.

Louin got loose for 11 points in a 20-11 first-quarter run and finished with 21 points, five rebounds and an assist.

The Magic, which also got nine points from Cailin Schmeer, stretched the lead to 32-14 at halftime.

Cheltenham's Ciara Andrews scored a season-high 33 points, including 20 in the Panthers' 28-13 first-half surge, made 18 of 21 foul shots and also hauled in 11 rebounds in a 60-40 victory over visiting Haverford High in the seventh-place game.

The Panthers dominated the rebounding as Christina Coleman added 11 boards and Giana Clark had 10.

District 1 Class AAA. Nazareth Academy, seeded No. 5 in District 1, earned a state tournament berth and ended the season for No. 2 seed St. Basil with a 55-49 third-place win at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

Trailing by 21-17 at intermission, Nazareth rallied as Danielle Gasperi (21 points) and Bridget Sobon combined for 12 points in a 17-9 third quarter.

"It was an evenly matched game," Nazareth coach John Turner said, "a back-and-forth type of game. In the first half, we weren't making our 15-foot-and-in type of shots, but we started to hit them in the third quarter."

Nicole Dombrowski grabbed 4 steals and Gasperi hit a pair of three-points for the Pandas, who split a pair of regular-season meetings with St. Basil.

District 1 Class AA. Christopher Dock cruised to its first District 1 championship since 1999 with a 45-19 success against New Hope-Solebury at Haverford College.

Kereece Seuren's 17 points and 9 rebounds led the Pioneers, who allowed just five points in the first half. Laura Swintoski grabbed 11 boards.

The win gave the Pioneers a 22-5 record, breaking the school record for wins in a season set in 2010.

District 12 Class AAA. Archbishop Carroll picked up its fourth straight District 12 trophy by rolling past Central, 64-23, at Lincoln.

Kristie Costantino's 14 points and Meghan Creighton's 11 topped 11 players who contributed points to the win, and the Patriots' tight man-to-man defense fueled a 23-0 third quarter.

District 12 Class AA. Engineering & Science successfully defended its district championship by whipping Bishop McDevitt, 65-27, in the final at St. Joseph's Prep.

Jayla Greene scored all of her nine points on three first-quarter three-pointers, Monique Whaley-Briggs notched 16 points and five assists, and Shana Owens snagged seven boards for the Engineers.

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