NEW CASTLE – Archmere never lost faith after trailing 13-2 early in Tuesday’s DIAA tournament first-round game at William Penn.
Thanks to junior guard Danaziah Brown and sophomore center Amanda Denning, they had all they needed for a huge come from behind win.
Brown scored 12 of her game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter and Denning hit two free throws with 1:12 remaining for the winning points, helping the 20th-seeded Auks (14-7) knock off the 13th-seeded Colonials 42-39, advancing to a second-round showdown with Concord on Thursday.
“We knew that William Penn was a team that can go on runs, so we felt like the game could open for us that way as well,” Auks head coach Daniel Pisani said. “three of our last four wins, we went into the locker room trailing, so we’ve become a really good second-half team.”
“We were just playing our game,” said Brown, who made two free throws with six seconds left to push the Archmere lead to three points, then stole the ball from Penn’s Shanira Mitchell to close out the game. “William Penn is a great team, so we just had to execute.”
Brown was the excellence of execution in the final quarter, taking over with big shot after big shot on offense and locking down the Colonial guards on the defensive end, making the comeback that much easier.
“Danaziah’s one of the more underrated girls in the state,” Pisani said. “When it comes down to it, we know the ball’s going to be in her hands and she’s going to put us on her back.”
“She was definitely a confidence booster for us. When she got going, it got everybody else going,” added Denning, who finished with 10 points. “This is a really exciting win for us and we all worked really hard for it.”
Shanira Mitchell led William Penn (13-8) with 10 points, while Alize Felton and Julia Behomar added eight points each for the Colonials.