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Lady Mallards pull out one-point win

(Feb. 15, 2013) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team squeaked out a 16-15 victory over the Gunston Day Herons last Friday in Centreville.

“That should have been the score at halftime. We won, but it wasn’t pretty. I think we weren’t mentally there,” said Prep Coach Page Rogers, who was disappointed with her players’ performance. “We couldn’t even catch the ball. Our defense was a force to be reckoned with at the beginning of the season and now we’re just chasing.”

The Lady Mallards outscored the Herons 6-4 in the first quarter and led 10-5 at halftime. The Prep squad tallied three points in the third quarter, while Gunston netted two.

The home team scored eight in the final quarter, and held Worcester to three, but the Herons came up one point short in the end.

Senior captain Molly Marshall led the Mallards with six points. Lilly DiNardo and Frankie Willing, both juniors, scored five points each.

After the competition, Rogers said she told the girls, “You can’t check out on me yet.”

“I think we might have peaked too soon,” she added. “In the beginning of the season, we were the second best team in the [Eastern Shore Independent Athletic] Conference. I’m trying to get these guys back into the mentality they had at the beginning of the season.”

The Mallards’ final game of the regular season is today, Friday, on the road against the Delmarva Christian Royals in Georgetown. ESIAC playoffs begin Monday.

[The Delmarva Christian game] will be a momentum builder or breaker going into the post-season,” Rogers said. “When we played them [Jan. 4], I think we took them for granted. We were a little cocky because we were doing so well and they played hard and we lost (32-26).”

Lisa Capitelli, Ocean City Today
Lisa Capitelli, Ocean City Today
Managing Editor Lisa Capitelli, a New York native, entered Salisbury University (then Salisbury State) in the fall of 1998 and graduated in the spring of 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts degree. She majored in communication arts, and minored in art, with concentration on photography. Lisa began her career at Ocean City Today as a staff writer in February 2003. She was promoted to Assistant Editor in August 2011 and Managing Editor in May, 2013. Editorial responsibilities include covering sports — from local high school games, to fishing tournaments and recreation and park programs, the business community and weekly happenings, events and activities.

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