After a strong finish to the season last year for the Delmarva Christian girls basketball squad, they were looking to build off that momentum to start the 2013 campaign.

Unfortunately, things haven’t gone the Royals’ way so far this season as they dropped their second straight game to start the season, 50-27 to St. Thomas More on Monday night.

The Royals offense struggled on Monday afternoon, failing to top double-digits in any of the four quarters against the Ravens. Mackenzie Kinnikin was the standout for the Royals, scoring team-high 14 points in the losing effort.

Delmarva Christian was unable to keep the trio of Maria McGloin, Kelsey Huffman, and Alexis Petroski under wraps as the three Ravens all finished in double-figures combining for 35 of St. Thomas More’s 50 points on Monday.

After a relatively calm start to the game, the Ravens offense kicked things in gear after taking just a one-point lead into the second quarter. Meanwhile, the Royals offense could never find a rhythm and the Ravens pulled away in the second half.

The difference Monday afternoon may have come from the charity stripe where the Ravens came away with a decided advantage. The Royals went a dismal 2-10 from the free throw line, while St. Thomas More hit 11 of their 19 attempts.

While the Royals found themselves on the losing end on Monday, it was certainly an improvement over their loss to Archmere Academy in last Friday’s opener. With a fairly young squad, it may take some time for the girls to get back into the groove of things and Kinnikin’s 14 points Monday could be a nice starting point.

The Royals will hope for a better result when they return to the hardwood Wednesday night hosting Gunston Day School (Md.) at 6:30 p.m.