(Dec. 21, 2018) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team boosted its record to 7-0, wrapping up regular-season play before the holiday break with a 53-2 victory over the Holly Grove Eagles on Monday in Berlin.
“I thought they played great,” Prep Coach Scot Dailey said. “It’s tough though. The other team had four or five starters out for various reasons, so they knew they were outmatched.
“The girls played hard,” he continued. “We’re a defensive-minded team, so to try to sit back and not try to press can be difficult, but also trying to stay sharp on the offensive end.”
The Lady Mallards came out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter, outscoring the Eagles, 22-0.
At halftime, the Prep squad led 36-2. Worcester shut out Holly Grove 17-0 in the second half.
“We did miss a few shots, but we’re finishing at a higher rate than we have the last three years,” Dailey said. “We always joke ‘we can’t score, we can’t score, we can’t score,’ but I think our season percentage is close to 40 percent from the field and in the past we were right around 25 percent.”
Senior captain Gracie Gardner led Worcester with 11 points. She also had eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Senior Hannah Merritt contributed with 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Senior Alannah Curtis also scored 10 points. She added three rebounds and four steals.
Worcester will compete in the Governor’s Challenge tournament after Christmas. The Mallards will face Thomas Stone of Waldorf, Maryland, at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26 at University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne.
The other two teams in the bracket are Snow Hill and Kings Christian Academy from Callaway, Maryland. They will play at 11:45 a.m. at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury.
The winners will go head-to-head on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 10 a.m. at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The teams that lose will matchup at 10 a.m. at Bennett.
“We have a couple practices this week and we’re really excited about the Governor’s Challenge next week after Christmas. We get to play schools from out of town that we haven’t seen; maybe give us a little different look and hopefully challenge us,” Dailey said. “I think it would be great for the girls to get back to the championship game like we did last year and have a chance to win a bracket, win a trophy outside of our conference. It would be a big reward for how hard these girls have worked the last four years.”