Smyrna falls to Dover 61-57 in high school hoops action.

The Smyrna High School boys basketball team let one get away Friday night in a 61-57 home loss to Henlopen Conference rival Dover.

The Eagles started on a high note, scoring 20 points in the opening quarter behind the hot shooting of Ja'vier Worthy and Stedman Kpana. Meanwhile, the defense held the Senators to a mere 9 points.

The bubble quickly burst, as Dover came roaring back in the second period by scoring 20 points, held the Eagles to only 10, and then developed a slim 32-30 lead as the first half came to a close. The home crowd roared its approval, however, when it was announced the Smyrna girls indoor track team won the Henlopen Conference championship earlier in the day.

The halftime break was a good tonic for the Eagles as good hustle and better shooting helped them regain a 47-44 lead. However, Dover rallied for 17 points in the fourth quarter and the Senators pressed on defense to turn the tide to grab the 61-57 road victory.

The Senators Keith Rollerson led all scorers with 25 points. He was helped by Will Watts with 16 and Tyler Myers added six points. Watts had three 3-pointers and Myers had two 3's. Dover's next games are Thursday, at home against Caesar Rodney at 7:15 p.m. and on Saturday at Hodgson Vo-Tech at 1:15 in the afternoon.

Smyrna's top scorer was Worthy with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Kpana added 10 points, Javon Hunter had 9 and Perry Goode added 7 points. The Eagles' next scheduled games Thursday against Salesianum at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday against Cape Henlopen at 6:15 p.m.