(March 12, 2021) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team wrapped up its season with a 41-30 victory over the Holly Grove Eagles last Thursday in Westover, Maryland.

“The girls played great,” said Prep Coach Brian McDermott.

Holly Grove led 10-6 at the end of the first quarter. Worcester battled back in the second, and at halftime the score was tied, 19-19.

“Holly Grove dictated the score in the beginning of the game,” McDermott said. “We were down by six, then Morgan White hit a three with about a minute left to bring us within three. The last minute was back and forth, and in the final seconds, Lily Baeurle drove the length of the floor and scored.”

McDermott said he asked the girls what they could do better in the second half, and they knew exactly what was needed to come away with a victory.

“The girls made all the adjustments,” he added.

The Lady Mallards outscored their opponent, 11-6, in the third quarter to pull ahead, 30-25.

“We went on a 6- or an 8-0 run and never looked back,” McDermott said.

The Mallards tallied 11 points in the fourth quarter to the Eagles’ five.

Baeurle, a junior captain, led the Prep squad with 17 points. Senior capital CC Lizas chipped in with 15 points. She was 11-for-13 from the foul line, which McDermott said was key.

White, a junior, scored nine points.

McDermott noted the performance by senior captain Sophia Ludt, who was assigned to guard Holly Grove’s top player, Natalie Parks.

“We put Sophia on her in the second half and that was part of the momentum change. She played so well,” McDermott said.

Worcester only played six games this season, all against Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference opponents. Public schools did not have a competitive winter basketball season because of covid.

To celebrate their 5-1 record, the team cut down the nets the following day in their gym, as if they would if they had won a championship.

Despite a short season, McDermott was pleased with the Mallards’ performance as the girls improved daily.

“It’s not me, it’s just the right chemistry. I don’t know why it works so well,” he added. “It was fantastic to just have six games. Covid took precedence over this season. The girls went above and beyond to be safe. We made the most of the time we were given. I wish I had more days to coach with them.”

The team will only graduate two players – Lizas and Ludt – but they were big contributors.

“Sophia is a true friend to her teammates. She’s got their back, not matter what and she’s always willing to do whatever to help the team,” McDermott said. “CC is a free-spirited, strong-willed and opinionated super star. That’s what I love about her. She’s her own person. She’s a great teammate and she always brings her A-game.”

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