Mallards have one match left before ESIAC playoffs

(Feb. 14, 2014) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team racked up wins 11 and 12, topping the Gunston Day Herons and the Salisbury School Dragons this week.

“I think the team looks pretty good right now,” said Prep Coach Simona Holland. “[The girls] play very well together. [They] play hard and give their best. I hope they keep playing the same, or even better.”

The Lady Mallards took a trip to Centreville last Friday to play Gunston Day.

The visiting Prep squad netted 14 points in the first quarter and held Gunston to two points. The Mallards tallied 12 unanswered points in the second quarter to go into the halftime break ahead, 26-2.

Holland said she rotates some players around in the second half and the Mallards led 30-12 after three quarters.

“Our goal for the game was to have everybody play and score. We had everybody play and had eight girls scored (out of 13),” Holland said.

Juniors Sophie Brennan and Molly Soule and senior Cynthia Delaney scored six points apiece. Senior captains Lilly DiNardo and Kristen Shriver, junior Ali Wyatt and senior Frankie Willing chipped in with four points each.

In Salisbury Tuesday, the Mallards earned a 45-27 victory over the Dragons.

“[The] game went well,” Holland said. “Salisbury School played well, but our aggressive defense made the difference again by getting a lot of steals and rebounds.”

Worcester banked 12 points in the first quarter, while Salisbury put five on the board. At halftime, the Prep team had pulled ahead, 21-10. After three quarters, the Mallards boosted their advantage to 33-20.

DiNardo and Brennan both scored 13 points. Shriver recorded 11 points.

Worcester’s six seniors will be honored during today’s (Friday’s) home game, the final match of the regular season. The Mallards (12-2) are scheduled to take the court against the Delmarva Christian Royals at 4 p.m.

“We have one more game that we need to win. If we do that then we are finishing in second place [in the Eastern Shore Independent Conference] and have the semifinal game at home next Wednesday…” Holland said.

Playoffs are scheduled to begin Wednesday, Feb. 19, with the ESIAC semifinals.

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