The Smyrna High School girls basketball team had a great season, but it ended in the second round of the state tournament Thursday night with a loss at home to Archmere Academy.

The Smyrna High School girls basketball team had a great season, but it ended in the second round of the state tournament Thursday night with a loss at home to Archmere Academy.

Smyrna earned a first-round bye and a #7 seed in the 24-team tournament after winning the Northern Division title and the Henlopen Conference championship.

Archmere was seeded #10 in the tourney, and defeated #23 St. Andrew's in the first round Tuesday night.

In the second-round contest, Smyrna and Archmere played an even first quarter, with the score tied 10-10.

The Auks opened a slim 21-20 lead at halftime, but the second half was a different story.

In the third quarter, Archmere's defense clamped down on the Eagles, holding Smyrna to just six points in the third quarter, and the Auks took a 33-26 lead.

In the final quarter, Archmere pulled away for the 47-36 victory.

Taylor Price led the Eagles with 16 points, while Alexus Stroud scored 12.

Smyrna finished the season 18-6.

The Auks' top scorers were Amanda Olsen and Katelyn Payne with 15 apiece.

Now Archmere (16-5) advances to play #2 Sanford on Saturday at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center at 3:30 p.m., in the quarterfinals.

The other quarterfinal games Saturday at the Bob Carpenter Center are:

#11 Sussex Central vs. #3 Caravel Academy, 2 p.m.

#12 Padua vs. #4 St. Elizabeth, 5 p.m.

#9 Hodgson vs. #1 Ursuline, 6:30 p.m.