On Friday night, the Smyrna Eagles girls basketball squad continued their fantastic season improving to 17-2 with a 5-point win over Henlopen North foe Caesar Rodney.

If Caesar Rodney was intimidated by the first-place Lady Eagles, it didn’t show early on.

The Lady Riders came out firing, while matching Smyrna’s high-pressure defense to take an 11-8 lead into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, both teams would try and keep pace with the other with CR taking a 21-19 lead into the half.

After a more defensive first half,  the offenses of both teams caught fire in the third quarter. The Eagles posted an impressive 18 points in the third stanza, however, it was outmatched by the Lady Riders whopping 27-point output in the third. With their offensive explosion, the Riders took a 48-37 lead into the fourth and final quarter looking for the huge upset.

In the fourth, the Lady Eagles would show why they’re one of the best teams in the entire state.

After allowing 27 points to CR in the third, the Smyrna defense went to work in the fourth keeping the once red-hot Rider offense to only 7 points. The Eagles also waited until the final quarter to put together their largest offensive output of the game scoring 23 points to walk away with the 5-point win, 60-55.

Smyrna had three players finish in double-figures,  Taylor Price with 21, Alexus Stroud with 20 and Brionna Johnson with 11 in the win.

The tough loss for CR puts them at 11-8 for the season, with their final regular season game scheduled for Tuesday against St. Mark’s.

As for the Lady Eagles, they now improve to 17-2 on the year with their last regular season game coming Tuesday against Sussex Tech.