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WP Lady Mallards take down Herons, win match, 48-9

(Jan. 23, 2015) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team netted 48 points and limited the Gunston Day Herons to nine during last Friday’s game in Berlin.

“We had a hard game [Thursday] night. It was really difficult, so I think they were probably just a little tired [Friday],” Prep Coach Simona Holland said.

The night before, Worcester faced off against the Salisbury School Dragons in Salisbury and won, 52-39. Senior captain Molly Soule led the Lady Mallards with 23 points.

“We started a little bit slow [Friday] and we didn’t score many points and we didn’t get as many rebounds, but then in the second half we started playing a little better,” Holland said. “I think they passed the ball well, they had some good fast breaks and they had some good lay-ups.”

The Mallards led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter. By the halftime break, the home team extended its advantage to 25-7. Worcester tallied 18 points in the third quarter and held Gunston scoreless.

Senior captain Sophie Brennan logged 14 points, five rebounds and six steals. Soule contributed eight points, 10 rebounds and eight steals. Jordie Loomis, a senior, chipped in with seven points, two rebounds and three steals.

Worcester Prep students had semester exams this week. Next week they are on vacation for winter break.

“We’ll only have a few practices over the next two weeks,” Holland said. “It’s difficult with so many vacations to play hard and be in shape. They are still playing as hard as they can…we have some tough games when we come back.”

School reopens on Monday, Feb. 2. The Mallards will have two days of practice before they take a trip to Georgetown, Del. to play the Delmarva Christian Royals. Two days later, they will battle the Salisbury Christian Jaguars on the road.

The following week, Worcester will face the Saints Peter & Paul Sabres, Feb. 9, Salisbury School Dragons, Feb. 11, in Berlin and the Holly Grove Eagles in Westover, Feb. 13.

“To be successful, we will have to maximize the few practices we have during this break and work very hard to get to where we want to be. This is the time that we have to come together as a team more than ever and give our best every game, play with our heart and believe in ourselves,” Holland said. “I would like to say thank you to my coaches, Corey and Fulton Holland, for all their help, also to the entire team for their commitment, dedication and hard work during this season.”

The Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference tournament is scheduled to start Wednesday, Feb. 18, with semifinal action.

Worcester Prep sophomore Melissa Laws fires off a shot during last Friday’s game against Gunston Day in Berlin.

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