Emma Matthews led the way with 12 points as Padua used a big third-quarter run to pull away from Tatnall for a 36-26 victory in the Diamond State Classic girls basketball tournament on Friday at the St. E Center.
The Pandas, who defeated Delaware Military Academy 43-38 in the first round, won the New Castle Insurance Cup bracket and improved to 5-1.
“Any time you win a tournament, it’s a boost to the program,” Padua coach Jason Matthews said. “It’s a boost to the girls’ confidence. … It’s nice to see the girls get a late Christmas present for all the work they’ve been putting in.”
The Pandas led 19-14 at halftime, then scored the first seven points of the second half to push the margin to 26-14. Tatnall (4-3) got 11 points from Erin Dodds.
Montgomery Blair (Md.) 59, Delaware Military Academy 36: The Blazers built a 28-12 halftime lead and cruised in the third-place game of the New Castle Insurance Cup.
Debbie Olawuyi led Montgomery Blair (2-6) with 20 points. Renada L’Italien scored 17 and Ashlynne Foley added 12 for the Seahawks (6-2).
Damascus (Md.) 68, Caesar Rodney 32: The undefeated Hornets raced out to a 20-2 lead after one quarter and coasted in an opening-round game of the Delaware Cup.
Kelli Prange led Damascus (8-0) with 21 points. The Hornets will meet Seaford for the bracket championship at 4 p.m. today.
Caesar Rodney (3-4) got 11 points from Alexis Prillaman. The Riders will play St. Mark’s in the third-place game at 10:45 a.m. today.
Wilson (Pa.) 47, Sanford 32: Ivory Bailey scored 13 points and Jessie Wallace and Mikayla Lee added 10 each as the Bulldogs won easily in a first-round game of the B+ Foundation Cup bracket.
Wilson (8-3) will meet Caravel for the bracket championship at 7:15 p.m. Sunday.
Alison Lewis and Chrisyanah Alston led Sanford (2-3) with seven points each. The Warriors will play Sacred Heart (N.J.) for third place at 1 p.m. Sunday.