(Dec. 24, 2021) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team limited its turnovers during last Thursday’s game against Broadwater Academy in Exmore, Virginia, which was a big factor in the Lady Mallards’ 46-30 victory.

“We played really well,” said Prep Coach Mike Kelley. “We’ve been focusing on turnovers and correcting mistakes. We’ve been averaging in the low 20s and we had less than 10 on Thursday.”

In addition, Kelley said the girls have been working on better decision making and “recognizing when it’s not there [to run the fast break] they need to set up.”

“We need to know when to push the ball and when not to,” Kelley said. “We were making too many turnovers when we were trying to force the ball. We took a big step forward.”

Worcester outscored Broadway Academy, 17-6, in the first quarter, which was capped off with a buzzer-beater three by senior captain Lily Baeurle.

At halftime, Worcester led 25-14. After three, the Berlin squad was ahead, 41-23, courtesy of a buzzer-beater three-point bucket by senior captain Morgan White.

“The defense didn’t give up more than 10 in a quarter, which was great,” Kelley said.

Baeurle led Worcester with 24 points. Senior Natalie Brushmiller chipped in with six points.

Worcester will compete in the Governor’s Challenge, held Dec. 26-30, in Salisbury.

“It should be fun. Playing schools you don’t normally play it’s nice to get that experience,” Kelley said.

The Mallards will play Arcadia on Monday, Dec. 27 at 8:30 p.m. at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Also in their bracket is Delaware Military Academy and Easton, who will go head-to-head at 5 p.m.

The winners of each game will battle on Tuesday, at 5 p.m. at UMES. The losing teams will battle at 6:45 p.m.

“Losing Ansley Gardner [to a knee injury] will be a challenge. She’s our tallest player,” Kelley said. “That brings us down a bit, but we have seniors with experienced that can come in and we’re not losing anything.”

Worcester is 6-2 going into the Christmas break.

“We’re doing well, but there’s always room for improvement,” Kelley said. “All signs point in a positive direction. I think we can make a run at the [Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference tournament championship] and cut down the nets.”

Worcester’s boys’ team will also be competing in the tournament. The Mallards will face Indian Creek on Sunday, at 3:15 p.m. at Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

In the other half of the bracket is St. Paul’s and Delaware Military Academy, who will also battle at 3:15 p.m.

The winning teams will go head-to-head on Monday at 1:30 p.m at UMES. The losing teams will face-off at 11:45 a.m.

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