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Kaci Mikulski leads Wildwood Catholic past Delran in conference tournament tune-up

DELRAN (N.J.) - With the Cape-Atlantic League Tournament underway, the Wildwood Catholic girls' basketball team earned a first round bye as the No. 5 seed.

Wildwood Catholic's Kaci Mikulski, pictured, led her team with 19 points in a 48-38 victory over Delran at Delran High School on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. Chris Baker/D2 Sports Network

Looking to keep the team in tune, the Crusaders picked up a game against Burlington County Scholastic League opponent Delran.

A 31-17 halftime lead for Wildwood Catholic summed up the entire game. The Lady Crusaders were firing on all cylinders throughout a 48-38 win on Tuesday night.

Despite multiple runs by Delran to establish a lead, the Crusaders' defense responded to slow down a shorthanded Lady Bears lineup.

Kaci Mikulski led her team with 19 points as Destiny Wallace and Carly Murphy each added 10. Kean commit Riley Ahrens led Delran and all scorers with 21 points in the contest.

A win in convincing fashion was all Wildwood Catholic coach Steve DiPatri needed to see from his team in a tune up game heading into the conference tournament.

"I think we played really great tonight," DiPatri said. "We executed well, and I liked what I saw. Obviously, we had some miscues here and there, so we'll fix those heading into tournament play."

Mikulski was sharp from long range with 12 of her team-high 19 points coming from her four 3-pointers.

"I think not just myself, but the team as a group has an identity of being really good shooters," Mikulski said. "We work hard on not just our shooting but trying to perfect our game as a whole. Whether it be on defense or offense, we take pride in knowing that we give 100% every day."

Wildwood Catholic moves on to play 12th-seeded Lower Cape May in the first round of the CAL Tournament on Thursday.

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