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Lady Mallards fall in ESIAC semifinals to STPP Sabres

(Feb. 27, 2015) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team’s season came to an end last Thursday at the hands of its rival, the Saints Peter & Paul Sabres in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals.

“The girls played OK. Our defense was pretty good, but our shots did not fall,” said Prep Coach Simona Holland after Worcester’s 32-24 loss in Berlin.

When the two teams met Feb. 9 in Berlin, the Lady Mallards pulled out a 25-24 victory. The difference between that game and the conference semifinals, Holland said, “was us not being able to make our shots.”

Third-seeded Saints Peter & Paul led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. The visiting Sabres went into the halftime break ahead 16-8. After three quarters, they held a 24-15 advantage over the second-seeded Lady Mallards.

Worcester Prep senior captains Natalie Twilley and Molly Soule scored five points apiece.

The Mallards finished the season with a 15-4 overall record (10-3 ESIAC).

The squad scored 881 points this season. Senior captain Sophie Brennan tallied 248 of those points. She was named to the All-Conference First Team. Soule received ESIAC Second Team accolades.

“Despite the fact that we lost in the semifinal game, I think the girls did a great job,” Holland said. “We had a great first half of the season and then it got a little harder coming back after the few [two-week] breaks we had. We can tell that the breaks affected our shots and they did not fall in as much as they did in the first half of the season.”

Holland said she is very proud of the Mallards and thanks them for all their hard work and commitment this year.

“Also, I would like to say ‘thank you’ to my coaches, Corey and Fulton Holland for all their help this season,” she said. “I was very fortune to have such an amazing group of girls and great coaches around me this year.”

Four girls will graduate in May–Brennan, Soule, Twilley and Jordie Loomis.

“With hard work, I think we can have a good team next year as well,” Holland said.

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