Girls basketball tournament tips off tonight with three Catholic teams in action

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There is a strong Catholic feel to the girls’ basketball state tournament, as five Catholic schools are in. First-round games will be held tonight, with the winners playing Thursday. All games start at 7 p.m.

St. Mark’s, the 17th seed, will travel to William Penn (14-6) to meet the No. 16 Colonials. The Spartans finished the regular season 6-13, but the earned a host of bonus points because of a strong schedule. The winner will play at top-seeded Ursuline on Thursday night.

Padua is the 12th seed, but they cannot play home games during the playoffs, so the Pandas will meet No. 21 Woodbridge at Brandywine High School. Padua finished the regular season with a 12-8 record, while the Blue Raiders went 11-7. The victor travels to No. 5 Milford on Thursday.

The final Catholic team in action tonight is Archmere. The 10th-seeded Auks, who were 15-5 this season, host No. 23 St. Andrew’s, which was 12-6. A date with No. 7 Smyrna awaits the winner.

St. Elizabeth earned the fourth seed and has a first-round bye. The 14-5 Vikings will play the winner of tonight’s matchup between No. 20 Polytech (9-11) at No. 13 Wilmington Charter (15-5).

Other first-round games tonight, along with the second-round matchup: No. 24 Delcastle (10-9) at No. 9 Hodgson (16-4), with the winner visiting No. 8 Caesar Rodney (15-5); No. 18 Lake Forest (15-5) at No. 15 Seaford (13-7), with the winner visiting No. 2 Sanford (19-1); No. 19 Conrad (16-4) at No. 14 Appoquinimink (12-8), with the winner visiting No. 3 Caravel (16-4); and No. 22 A.I. DuPont (11-9) at No. 11 Sussex Central (14-5), with the winner visiting No. 6 Concord (16-4).

Tickets for the first two rounds are $5 and will be sold at the door.

The quarterfinals will be played Saturday at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware. The first game begins at 2 p.m. The semifinals are March 5 at 6:30 and 8 p.m., and the championship game is March 7 at 7 p.m. Those rounds are also at the Bob.

Tickets for playoff games at the Bob Carpenter Center are $8 and are available at diaa.ticketleap.com. One ticket is good for the entire session.