Transition game leads Archmere girls past Brandywine


Dialog reporter


BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – After suffering their first loss a few nights prior in heartbreaking fashion, Archmere’s girls basketball team wasn’t going to take any chances during its contest Dec. 15 at Brandywine. The Auks scored the first 18 points of the game and rolled to a 49-10 nonconference win.

(The Dialog/Mike Lang)
(The Dialog/Mike Lang)

The Auks (5-1) took a few minutes before collecting their first field goal; two free throws by Amanda Denning, but the floodgates opened in the next few possessions as the team’s smothering half-court trap bedeviled the Bulldogs. Archmere turned several steals into transition layups, and Brandywine simply could not recover.

Catherine McGonigle was particularly effective on defense. She turned consecutive steals into assists midway through the first quarter, finding freshman Madison Stewart for a layup, then Emma McCann for another. After a Brandywine timeout, McCann drilled a three-pointer, and Maggie Malloy took a steal the length of the court for two.

archmere2It was 15-0 at the end of one, and Stewart opened the second with the first of her two three-pointers. Jade Maloney found some room inside and scored on a putback for the Bulldogs for the home team’s first points, but the Auks were well on their way by that point.

McCann scored 12 and Stewart 10 for the Auks, who received points from 10 players. They were playing without senior Danaziah Brown. Archmere is off until Dec. 28, when they meet Great Valley (Pa.) at Garnet Valley (Pa.) in the Garnet Valley Holiday Tournament.

Maloney had six points for Brandywine, who fell to 0-5. The Bulldogs will play at Newark Charter on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.