(Dec. 17, 2021) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team won Tuesday’s game, 37-27, over the Holly Grove Eagles in Berlin.

The Lady Mallards led, 12-2, at the end of the first quarter. By halftime, the home team had gained at 23-5 advantage.

“The first half I think we played great, especially on defense,” said Prep Coach Mike Kelley. “As the game went on, it got a little sloppy.”

After three, the Prep squad was ahead, 33-14.

“We unloaded the bench in the fourth quarter. Everybody got playing time and everyone did something in the game,” Kelley said. “It was a conference game so it was a good win heading into the [holiday] break. It’s a good start to the season. We’re 5-2 and 2-1 in the [Eastern Shore Independent Athletic] Conference.”

Senior captain Lily Baeurle led Worcester with 25 points and eight steals. Senior captain Morgan White chipped in with five points, and freshman Isabella Marinelli had four steals and two points.

“Our defense has been our bread and butter. Our man-to-man, teams don’t seem to have the answer for it,” Kelley said. “Everyone is so good defensively across the board. We can switch on screens if needed and there’s no drop-off.”

Worcester will compete in the annual Governors Challenge tournament, held Dec. 26-30. The Mallards will play Arcadia on Monday, Dec. 27 at 6:45 p.m. at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury. Also in their bracket is Delaware Military Academy and King’s Christian, who will go head-to-head at 5 p.m.

The winners of each game will battle on Tuesday, at 3:15 p.m. at University Maryland Eastern Shore.

The losing teams will face-off at 11:45 a.m. at UMES.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Kelley said. “We’re expecting good competition, but I like our chances. It should be good games.”

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