(Jan. 18, 2013) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team proved too much for the Gunston Day Herons and Chincoteague Ponies to handle as the Lady Mallards outscored their opponents by a total of 81-19.
The Herons and Mallards went head-to-head last Friday in Berlin. The home team held a 8-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. Worcester netted four points in the second, while Gunston tallied seven. At halftime, the Mallards were ahead 12-10.
“The first half we came out flat. Offensively we weren’t moving and our shots weren’t falling,” said Prep Coach Page Rogers. “They had one girl on their team (Olivia Keene) who was out-rebounding us, out-hustling us and driving harder than anyone on the court.”
Rogers said the talk she had with her players in the locker room during the halftime break was “pretty intense.”
“I don’t think we’ve really had one like that this season, but it flipped the tone of the game,” Rogers said.
The Mallards scored 13 points in the third quarter and held the Heron to two. They tacked on 16 in the final quarter and limited Gunston to two points to win the game 41-14.
“They came out on fire in the third quarter, ready to play and ready to go 100 percent. Everybody started scoring, our defense came back into play and we pulled out a win,” Rogers said.
Senior captain Molly Marshall logged 10 points and 11 rebounds. Meredith Smith, also a senior captain, chipped in with eight points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Sophie Brennan had nine points and six steals.
The Mallards came out strong Monday against the Chincoteague Ponies and shut out their competition 12-0 in the first quarter. By halftime, Worcester had built a 22-1 lead, and at the end of the third quarter the home team was on top 27-3.
Sophomore Cecily Sass scored the first basket of the fourth quarter, followed by a Frankie Willing three-pointer. The junior netted three consecutive shots to increase the Mallards’ advantage to 38-3. Freshman Grace Tunis scored the last basket for Worcester, who won the game 40-5.
“We started off in our man-to-man (defense), but I didn’t want the game to get away too quick so we practiced our zone in case that’s how we have to play against Salisbury School (on Jan. 18),” Rogers said. “We really worked on everybody moving on offense and on our fast break, and that went really well.”
Willing led her team with 13 points. Tunis scored eight and Sass had six points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
The Mallards will host the Salisbury School Dragons today, Friday, at 4 p.m.