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Worcester Prep senior Chloe Ruddo puts up a shot during Tuesday’s game against Gunston in Berlin. Worcester won 71-2.

(Dec. 14, 2018) Although it’s only a few games into the season, the Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team is already playing at a high level.

The Lady Mallards were dominant on Tuesday in Berlin and nearly earned a shutout, outscoring the Gunston Day Herons, 71-2.

“Wow! We played the best I think I’ve seen us play in my four years of being here. We passed the ball so well and ran the offenses so unselfishly and so beautifully. It was a joy to watch,” Prep Coach Scot Dailey said. “If anyone’s a basketball fan and watched us play offense today, you would of had to have seen it. The unselfishness of the seven tonight is simply amazing.”

Worcester scored 26 points in the first quarter and led 40-0 at halftime. Gunston netted its only basket with 3:04 remaining in the third quarter. After three, the Prep squad was ahead 54-2. The Mallards added 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Senior captain Hailey Merritt led the team with 22 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Senior Hannah Merritt chipped in with 14 points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists.

Senior captain Gracie Gardner contributed 12 points, seven rebounds three steals and two blocks. Senior Alannah Curtis added 11 points, three rebounds and three steals.

Worcester will travel to Georgetown, Delaware, to play the Delmarva Christian Royals at noon on Saturday. When the two teams went head-to-head on Dec. 5, the Mallards won 38-31.

“We just beat them but we’re going to their gym – and it’s obviously nice to play at home – but we got to go on the road and show we’re warriors,” Dailey said. “We got to go in there and we need to try to come out with a ‘W.’ We need to play good defense and we need to pass the ball like we did tonight and like we have most of the season, and we’re going to be fine.”

The Prep squad’s final game before the holiday break is Monday against the Holly Grove Eagles at 5 p.m. in Berlin.

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