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McDermott pleased with performance; ‘It was just a great day for all the girls’

(Jan. 10, 2020) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team scored 65 points and held the St. Thomas More Ravens to four, during Wednesday’s game in Frederick, Delaware.

All 10 Lady Mallards contributed.

“Everybody scored. It was just a great day,” said Prep Coach Brian McDermott. “We played really well. It’s hard to play against a team that’s not on the same level as you, but it gave us the opportunity to work on things we’re not good at.”

The Prep squad put 23 points on the board in the first quarter. The Ravens scored all of their points in the opening quarter.

The Mallards added 10 points in the second quarter to go into the halftime break on top, 33-4.

They tallied 23 points in the third and nine in the fourth quarter.

McDermott said his players focused on rebounding the basketball and on their offensive plays against St. Thomas More’s zone.

“We wanted to turn it into an uptempo game and work on our conditioning,” McDermott said. “We wanted to stretch our legs and run.”

Worcester pushed the ball in the first quarter, then the rest of the game the team ran its half-court offense and defense.

“We only had seven fouls and 13 turnovers, which is good for trying to play uptempo,” McDermott said.

Junior CC Lizas led Worcester with 17 points. She also had five rebounds, four blocks, three steals and three assists. Sophomore Sumira Sehgal chipped in with 10 points, seven steals and four rebounds. Senior captain Emily Copeland contributed nine points and four rebounds.

Senior captain Maddy Shanahan had six rebounds and five points.

“Sumira had a huge game. She did great,” McDermott said. “CC did really well. Maddy, she did well. It was just a great day for all the girls.”

Worcester will host the Salisbury School Dragons today, Friday, at 5 p.m. and the Gunston Day Herons on Saturday at noon.

On Monday, the Mallards will travel to Easton to play the Saints Peter & Paul Sabres at 4 p.m.

“We’re just trying to get better each time we play,” McDermott said. “We got [the new year] off to a good start. We’re moving in the right direction.”

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