(Feb. 21, 2014) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team wrapped up regular-season competition last Friday in Berlin with a 39-26 victory over the Delmarva Christian Royals, securing the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference tournament.
The Lady Mallards, on their Senior Night, shut out the Royals 12-0 in the first quarter. Delmarva Christian bounced back in the second quarter, outscoring Worcester 12-6. The home team went into the halftime break on top 18-12.
“They came out and playing pretty good. The first quarter we kept them down to zero points, but then I don’t know what happened,” Prep Coach Simona Holland said. “We just gave them too much space. We let them control the ball too much and our defense wasn’t as aggressive as we wanted to be.”
The Mallards began to pull away in the third and at the end of the quarter they led 28-17.
With less than 10 seconds on the clock, senior Alison Greer sank a three, much to the excitement of Mallard fans.
Greer finished with eight points. Junior Sophie Brennan scored 10 points and senior captain Kristen Shriver had eight.
“We missed a lot of lay-ups and we gave them the chance to score a lot in the second half,” Holland said. “We usually do a better job on defense. We pressed them the whole game too, so I think we were a little tired as well.”
Worcester finished the season 13-2 and No. 2 in the ESIAC standings. The Mallards hosted the No. 3 Salisbury Christian Jaguars Wednesday for the conference tournament semifinal game.
The Prep team edged out Salisbury 6-4 in the first quarter. Worcester added seven points in the second and held its opponent to two to go into the break ahead 13-6. After three quarters, the Mallards led 23-10. They won 29-22.
“We would like to congratulate Salisbury Christian for a well played game,” Holland said. “We were able to come away with a win thanks to our aggressive defense…”
Greer led Worcester with seven points. Senior captain Lilly DiNardo scored six and sophomore Grace Tunis and junior Sophie Brennan logged four points apiece.
The Mallards are headed to Easton today, Friday, to face the top-seeded Sts. Peter & Paul Sabres in the ESIAC championship game at 6 p.m.
The Sabres won the first match-up this year, 29-21, on Dec. 19. The Mallards took the second game on Jan. 10, 34-30.
“In order to win the game, we will have to establish our offense and control the boards,” Holland said. “We must contain their leading scorer, the ESIAC Player of the Year, Lauren Wilson.”
During the teams’ first meeting, Wilson scored 17 points. Worcester held her to just four points in the second game.