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Defense will lead Mallards, offense work in progress

(Nov. 28, 2014) Worcester Prep girls’ basketball Coach Simona Holland saw some good things from her players during last Friday’s scrimmage against Mt. Carmel in Berlin.

“I think they look really good. The second half they started moving the ball a little bit better and their shots were better,” Holland said. “I think the girls are better at this point in the season than they were last year. We don’t have to work as much on fundamentals, we can just work on offense, defense and plays.”

Holland’s roster consists of 11 Lady Mallards, six of whom competed last season when the team went 14-3. The squad advanced to the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship game, where the Mallards lost 47-35 to Sts. Peter and Paul.

“We will be young and inexperienced at some key positions, but we will be faster than last year,” Holland said. “We will be working hard every day to get better.”

The Prep team has depended on its solid defense to help win games over the years, but the Mallards struggled to produce offensively in the past. In 17 games last season, the Mallards scored 700 points, which was a big accomplishment. Holland, in her first season as head coach, spent time developing the team offense.

After graduating six players, the Mallards are working to build their offense back up.

“Our defense will lead us, but our offense and our shots are improving each day,” Holland said. “I think it will get there. We lost three starters from last year and we will be looking to fill the positions at point guard and small forward. We will also have to replace the toughness that last year’s seniors brought to the table.”

Holland will rely on team captains, seniors Sophie Brennan (2013-14 ESIAC First Team), Molly Soule, both guards, and forward Natalie Twilley (ESIAC Honorable Mention) to lead the Mallards.

Jordie Loomis and Maura Smith round out the senior class.

Brennan, a four-year player, was Worcester’s top producer last season with 190 points.

“We have a pretty young team because we lost a lot of seniors and I think I’ll definitely be a leader for them because they’re new and playing varsity is new to them,” Brennan said. “We need to be able to work together more. We’re all getting used to being on a team together. Once we start knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses that will really help us.”

Soule, also a member of the team since her freshman year, wants to assist the underclassmen as well.

“I hope we can help the younger girls get better,” Soule said. “I’ll work with Sophie and the other guards to try to get our offense going…we still have some improvement to make from the scrimmage, but I think that we’ll definitely work well together this season.”

Holland will look to sophomore newcomers, guards Karlie Southcomb, Leigh and Regan Lingo and forward Melissa Laws to contribute.

Holland said the Mallards are expecting to have a competitive season.

“We have a great group of girls, very athletic and hard working with great character. With just six players and two starters returning from last year, we will have to rely on youthful energy to complement our veterans,” she said. “We must be discipline on both ends of the floor and find balance on offense and defense as well as improve our rebounding if we are going to be successful.”

“We will need major contributions from underclassmen, juniors Grace Tunis and Bridget Brown [and] sophomores Leigh and Regan Lingo, Melissa Laws and Karlie Southcomb to help propel our senior class into one of the best in school history,” she added.


Dec. 3: Gunston (A) 4 p.m.

Dec. 5: Sussex Tech, (A) 6:30 p.m. 

Dec. 6: Delmar, (A) 3 p.m.

Dec. 8: Chincoteague, (H) 4 p.m

Dec. 10: Holly Grove, (H) 4 p.m.

Dec. 12: Greenwood, (A) 4 p.m.

Dec. 15: St. Thomas More, (H) 4 p.m.

Dec. 17: DCHS, (H) 4 p.m.

Jan. 7: Salisbury Christian, (H) 4 p.m

Jan. 9: Sts. Peter & Paul (A) 6 p.m.

Jan. 12: Chincoteague, (A) 4 p.m.

Jan. 14: Salisbury School, (A) 5 p.m.

Jan. 16: Gunston, (H) 4 p.m.

Feb. 4: DCHS, (A) 4 p.m.

Feb. 6: Salisbury Christian, (A) 

5:30 p.m.

Feb. 9: Sts. Peter & Paul, (H) 5 p.m.

Feb. 11: Salisbury School, (H) 4 p.m.

Feb. 13: Holly Grove, (A) 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: ESIAC Playoffs, TBA

Feb. 20: ESIAC Finals, TBA

Worcester Prep senior captain Sophie Brennan passes the ball to a teammate during last Friday’s scrimmage against Mt. Carmel in Berlin. Coach Simona Holland will rely on Brennan and other senior captains Molly Soule and Natalie Twilley to lead the Mallards.

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