Seaford sweeps IR in double header, honor former basketball legends
SEAFORD, Del. On the day that Seaford retired the jerseys of two basketball legends, the Seaford boys and girls basketball teams swept IR in a Saturday double header. The Girls defeated Indian River in a close one 44-36 to move to 3-1 on the year. The loss drops IR to 1-3. In game two, the Seaford boys coasted past Indian River 69-29 to stay undefeated at 5-0, handing the Indians their fourth loss of the year (1-4).
Seaford vs Indian River Girls
In the early game of the day, the Seaford Lady Blue Jays started out hot. Jada Evans scored the first six points of the game herself to take the 6-0 lead with four minutes to play in the first quarter. After an IR timeout, the Indians woke up to tie the game up ending the quarter on a 6-0 run. It stayed close in the second, both teams going blow for blow to stay tied at half, 14-14. Jada Evans had all of Seaford 14 points at the break, Lauren Meehan led IR with six.
In the second half, we would stay close. There would be four lead changes in the third quarter but the Blue Jays stayed ahead headed into the final quarter, 25-24. In the fourth, Indian River took the lead with four minutes to play and extended it to as much as five behind ten second half points from Meehan. In the final two minutes, the Lady Blue Jays retook the lead off a Jada Evans lay up and extended it to four with a Keziah Purnell three. Seaford held on to win 44-36 in the final minutes.
Seaford vs Indian River Boys
In the second game of the afternoon, the undefeated Blue Jays hosted a struggling IR boys team. It was all Seaford from the jump, the Blue Jays jumping out to an early 15-2 lead just three minutes into the game and would extend that lead to 22-7 to end the first quarter. Seaford led by their big man down low Tyrese Fortune with eleven in the first quarter, the Blue Jays took the 44-13 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Blue Jays kept up the momentum holding every IR player to under ten points. Seaford went on to roll past the IR 69-29.
Jersey Retirement Ceremony
In between the two games, Seaford held a ceremony to honor all of the schools 1000 point scorers and retire the jerseys of two of the greatest to ever take the court for Seaford. The first jersey to be retired was La’Shyra Williams, a 1000 point scorer who graduated in 2013. Williams went on to play for Chesapeake college and average 23.1 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game.
The second jersey to be retired belonged to Seaford basketballs all time leading scorer. Delino DeShields was a three sport athlete in high school, Football, Basketball and Baseball. He won two state titles, one in football and one in baseball and scored 1751 career points on the court. He recieved a full ride to Villanova in 1987 but was drafted 12th overall in the MLB draft by the Montreal Expos and chose to play baseball. He played 12 seasons in the majors for six different teams and came in second for ROY voting in 1990. DeShields is currently the first base coach for the Cincinnati Reds.