(Jan. 11, 2013) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team failed to put the pieces together during last Friday’s game against Delmarva Christian — the girls’ first competition after a two-week Christmas break. The visiting Royals won the contest, 32-26, handing the Mallards their first loss of the season.
“I knew it during warm-ups. We had the most ‘off’ warm-up,” Prep Coach Page Rogers said after the Jan. 4 match-up. “Everyone was out of sorts. It was just a really off day and [the Royals] probably played the game of their lives.”
Delmarva Christian led 13-8 at the end of the first quarter and by the halftime break, had pulled ahead 20-11.
The Royals had a seven-point cushion (27-20) going into the fourth quarter.
“We were so flat and we were playing very timid. When one person would have the ball, the other four people on the court just stood still. Everyone was looking at everyone else to do something, and that’s not us,” Rogers said. “We usually have five people on the court, guns blazing, ready to go.
“I think the girls underestimated them,” she said. “It was the first time we played a team that has quick little guards like us and our kids weren’t ready for it.”
Sophomore Sophie Brennan was the Mallards’ top scorer with eight points. Junior Frankie Willing and senior co-captain Meredith Smith netted seven points apiece.
“I told the girls, ‘I think this is like a blessing in disguise,’” Rogers said. “‘Undefeated,’ that word is like the curse. You play with so much more pressure.
“So now that we have a loss under our belt they’re a little humbled and they know they have to keep working hard,” she said.
The Gunston Day Herons are scheduled to visit Berlin today, Friday, for a 4 p.m. game against Worcester.