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  • Smyrna girls blast Sussex Tech

  • The Smyrna Lady Eagles jumped to an early lead and defeated Sussex Tech 79-39 in second round DIAA tournament action.
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  • Smyrna's Lady Eagles played a near perfect game in defeating Sussex Tech 79-39 in the second round of the DIAA girls' basketball tournament Friday night.
    From the start, Smyrna exhibited an accurate shooting eye in jumping out to a huge early lead. It didn't matter who touched the ball, the Eagles had that extraordinary shooting touch you rarely see at any level.
    Unfortunately for the Lady Ravens, their shooting was way off target, and their defense was quite porous.
    Smyrna led 20-4 after the first quarter and stretched that lead to 44-11 with half of the game still to be played.
    It was, in short, a long night for the Raven faithful.
    "It wasn't a 'perfect' game, but we did have excellent execution tonight," said Smyrna coach Rachel Woodall.
    "We have three seniors who aren't ready for all of this to end. They went out there and played really well and executed, and that's all that really matters," said Woodall. The Eagles top seniors, who have led the team all season include Brionna Johnson, Kamerra Matthews and Shi Hilliard.
    The pace didn't slow down in the second half, even though Woodall substituted freely, especially in the
    fourth quarter.
    The Eagles victory may not have been a huge surprise, but the margin of victory was definitely not expected.
    "They're so good, and they shot so well in the first half and we didn't play very well at all. I think we were still living the Wednesday night deal," said Sussex Tech coach Chester Davis, who added his team might have been distracted by its opening-round 45-44 win over Padua earlier in the week.
    Tech finished the season at 10-12. Sophomore Para Washam scored 14 points and junior Castaysha Lewis added eight points for the Ravens, who hit only 32 percent from the field. Smyrna was led in scoring by junior Taylor Price who totaled 19, Brionna Johnson had 15, Kamerra Matthews had 13 and junior Alexus Stroud had 10 points.
    Meanwhile, the Eagles will play top-ranked St. Elizabeth's on Wednesday at St. Mark's High School.
    "It's going to get a little more challenging, and we've got to come ready to compete," Woodall said.
    Scoring Summary:
    Sussex Tech –
    Ca. Lewis 8
    P. Washam 14
    Smyrna –
    K. Matthews 13
    T. Price 19
    A. Stroud 10
    B. Johnson 15

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