(Feb. 28, 2020) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team fought hard, but came up a bit short to the Delmarva Christian Royals in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship.

“They did everything they could. Worcester Prep played an amazing game, unfortunately, they were better than us,” Prep Coach Brian McDermott said after his team’s 67-46 loss last Friday in Georgetown, Delaware.

Sophomore Lily Baeurle led Worcester with 14 points. Junior CC Lizas chipped in with 13 points.

Worcester finished the season with a 16-5 record.

Despite not winning a championship and being able to accomplish their goal to “cut down the nets” to celebrate, McDermott said, “I know we reached our maximum potential this season.”

“It was an awesome experience for everybody,” he said.

The only three losses during the season were to Delmarva Christian. The other two losses were during the Governor’s Challenge tournament.

“I think the girls really enjoyed the season,” McDermott said. “I asked them to do their best every day and that’s what I got out of them.”

He also enjoyed his first season as coach of the Mallards. It was his first time coaching females.

He said it was a pleasure, an honor and a privilege to work with the girls.

“It was so much different than what I experienced in the past,” he said. “The girl were attentive, they were mature, they all got along. They really wanted to get better. They came in with a fresh outlook this year.”

McDermott presented the team MVP Award to senior captain Carly Hoffman. He gave the Coaches Award to senior captain Maddy Shanahan. The Most Improved Award went to sophomore Sumira Sehgal.

Hoffman, Lizas and Baeurle received All-Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference honors.

Baeurle led the team in points (298) and assists (38). Lizas was second with 230 points. She led the team in rebounds (82).

Hoffman was third with 132 points. She led the team in steals (58).

Senior captain Emily Copeland earned honorable mention accolades.

McDermott was named ESIAC Coach of the Year.

“I’m grateful to get it. The award means so much coming from my peers,” he said. “It’s such a big honor.”

The team will graduate three players and starters – Hoffman, Copeland and Shanahan.

McDermott said the underclassmen gained experience this year, which bodes well for the future.

“These girls are competitors. I think we’ll be extremely competitive next year,” McDermott said. “I’m optimistic about everything. I’m looking forward to a great year next year.”

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