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Lady Mallards suffer first loss at hands of Del. Christian Royals

(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.

Worcester Prep sophomore Sophie Brennan makes a move past a Delmarva Christian player during last Friday’s game in Berlin. Brennan scored eight points in Worcester’s 32-26 loss.
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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