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Worcester Prep junior Emily Copeland shoots over a Salisbury School player during Tuesday’s Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals in Berlin. Worcester won 44-18.

(Feb. 22, 2019) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team advanced to the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship after trouncing the Salisbury School Dragons, 44-18, in the semifinal round on Tuesday in Berlin.

“I give Salisbury School a lot of credit. They came out and they played hard,” Prep Coach Scot Dailey said. “Not that our girls didn’t play hard, the last couple games we played hard, but not smart.”

The Lady Mallards led 12-7 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the home team was on top 20-14.

Worcester outscored Salisbury 11-2 in the third quarter and 13-2 in the fourth.

“The second half, I thought we were spectacular. We gave up only four points,” Dailey said. “We played full-court, man-to-man [defense] the entire half, and I thought that kind of got us going a little more.

“Offensively, we didn’t really execute,” he continued. “We missed a lot of shots that we usually make and I don’t think our passing was quite as good. The times we passed the ball well, I thought we played good.”

Senior captain Gracie Gardner led Worcester with 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Sophomore CC Lizas chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds. Junior Emily Copeland added six points and seven rebounds, and senior Hannah Merritt scored six points.

“Our four low post players – CC, Hannah, Gracie and Emily – had 34 of the 44 points,” Dailey said. “They made us settle for jump shots most of the night, but when we got the ball down low and moved the ball, we scored. That’s who we are and that’s what we have to do. It proves it right there.”

Worcester was scheduled to host the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship game against the Delmarva Christian Royals, yesterday, Thursday.

During the regular season, Worcester topped Delmarva 38-31 and 42-35.

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