(Feb. 8, 2019) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team returned to action on Wednesday after a two-and-a-half-week break and picked up a victory over the Salisbury Christian Jaguars in Salisbury.

“We played pretty good for being off two-and-a-half-weeks,” Prep Coach Scot Dailey said following the Lady Mallards’ 70-49 win. “I was pleased after a long break. Seventy points is the second highest for us this season. We won 71-2 earlier this season.”

Worcester had a week of semester exams then a week off for winter break. The team stepped back on the court Monday and Tuesday for practice before Wednesday’s competition.

“We got right at it both days,” Dailey said.

After trailing 5-0, Worcester went on a 14-4 run to finish the first quarter.

“I was proud of the girls. They responded,” Dailey said.

The Mallards scored 24 points in the second quarter and held the Jaguars to 12. At halftime they led 38-21. The Berlin squad increased its advantage to 60-38 by the end of the third quarter.

“They pressed us the whole game. For the most part, we did pretty well,” Dailey said. “We were able to beat the press and get some layups.”

Senior captain Hailey Merritt led the team with 20 points. She also had three rebounds, three steals and three assists.

Sophomore CC Lizas contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Senior captain Gracie Gardner added 11 points, nine rebounds, four steals, four blocks and two assists. Junior Carly Hoffman chipped in with seven points, four rebounds and four steals.

Worcester will travel to Westover today, Friday, to play the Holly Grove Eagles at 4 p.m.

The Mallards then wrap up the regular season with three games next week. They will compete against the St. Thomas More Ravens in Magnolia, Delaware, on Monday at 4 p.m. and then host the St. Peter & Paul Sabres on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Berlin.

The final game of the regular season is Thursday, Feb. 14 against the Gunston Day Herons at 4 p.m. in Centreville.

“We’re just trying to get better and finish the season strong,” Dailey said.

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