GOYA League action also resumed down the shore this weekend, with a battle of the two Holy Trinity parishes taking place in Egg Harbor, with each church taking home a victory on the day. Four weeks into the season and the Egg Harbor girls look poised to contend for their third straight league title, whereas on the boy’s side the picture has never been less clear, as there is a huge logjam in the middle of the pack as we approach the halfway mark of the season.
Egg Harbor Girls – 33, Wilmington Girls – 20
The run-and-gun girls from down the shore were at it again this weekend, as they controlled the tempo from the start taking a 10-1 lead early in the game and never looking back. Despina Lianidis led the way once again with her quick striking ability in transition, but the emergence of Samantha Rhodes also proved huge on the day, as her smooth post presence was a bit too much for the girls from Wilmington to handle. The girls from Delaware offered a balanced attack on the day and mounted a small comeback in the second half before ultimately falling short, but can take away much to be proud of from their first loss of the season. The Egg Harbor girls will look to continue their winning streak next week against St. George Media, while Wilmington’s girls head home to take on St. Demetrios next weekend.
Wilmington Boys – 41, Egg Harbor Boys – 31
The night cap featured a speed versus speed matchup between the two Holy Trinity boy’s teams. After a closely contested game through the first three quarters, the boys from Delaware pulled away late in capturing their first league victory of the season, and first since the mid 1990s, so congratulations to them on their historic first. The Wilmington attack was anchored by some fantastic first half shooting and some excellent transition offense late in the game. The boys from Egg Harbor relied on strong interior offense on the night but ultimately could not keep up with the potency of the Wilmington attack. The result leaves both teams at the 500 mark, with Wilmington heading to face off against undefeated St. Demetrios next weekend at 1-1, while the loss drops Egg Harbor to 2-2 heading into their matchup with St. George Media, in a game that looks to have vital playoff implications at the halfway mark.