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(March 5, 2021) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team earned victories in overtime in its last two games.

Worcester hosted the Holly Grove Eagles last Friday and won, 38-33, on Senior Night.

“It was an unbelievable game. We were down the whole time,” said Prep Coach Brian McDermott. “They were so excited to have people in the gym [seniors’ parents] to watch. They came through in the clutch.”

The visiting Eagles scored seven in the first quarter and held the Lady Mallards to one point. Both teams scored nine points in the second half. At halftime, Holly Grove led, 16-10.

McDermott said the Mallards knew it was far from their best performance in the first half. The girls picked up their level of play in the third quarter and the momentum switched, McDermott said.

“That swing put us back in the game,” he said. “We made some adjustments and the second half was much better.

Worcester outscored its opponent, 14-5, in the third quarter to pull ahead, 24-21. Holly Grove battled back in the fourth quarter and at the end of regulation, the score was tied, 29-29.

“Their endurance, they made a commitment to stay in shape and it shows right now,” McDermott said.

Worcester put nine points on the board in overtime and held Holly Grove to four.

Senior captain CC Lizas led Worcester with 17 points.

“CC won the game for us. We were up by two and she got the last steal and layup to put us up by four,” McDermott said.

Junior captain Lily Baeurle scored 15 points.

“Without her, we’re not even in the game,” McDermott added. “Her defensive efforts impressed me.”

Worcester traveled to Salisbury on Tuesday to face the Salisbury School Dragons.

The Mallards led 17-12 at the end of the first quarter. They outscored the Dragons 12-8 in the second quarter to go into halftime on top, 29-20.

After three quarters, the Prep team was ahead, 38-30. Holly Grove chipped away at Worcester’s advantage in the fourth quarter. At the end of regulation, the score was tied, 46-46.

“We had a nice cushy lead and we got comfortable. They took their foot off the pedal and put it in cruise control. Salisbury School saw the end coming and they played great,” McDermott said.

Despite Salisbury’s momentum, McDermott was confident his players would prevail in overtime.

“We were more athletic and we were the better team,” he added. “They felt the disappointment. I reminded them that they were the better than that and, let’s get out of there with the win. They find ways amongst themselves to get it done.”

Worcester shut out Salisbury, 11-0, in the extra period to win 57-46.

Lizas led Worcester with 25 points. Junior Morgan White scored 16 and Baeurle netted 12.

Worcester’s final game in its shortened season was slated for yesterday, Thursday, against Holly Grove. The Prep team was 4-1 going into the game.

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