Ocean City Today

Lady Mallards dominate Sabres

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Dec 21, 2017

(Dec. 22, 2017) Coach Scot Dailey wrote “play with energy and effort” on the board in the Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team’s locker room before Tuesday’s game against Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference rival, the Saints Peter and Paul Sabres.

The Lady Mallards responded to his message and that was exactly what they did.

After falling to the Delmarva Christian Royals, 40-32, on Monday in Berlin, the Prep squad bounced back with a big 49-11 victory over Saints Peter and Paul the next day.

“We were everywhere – grabbing rebounds, loose balls, diving on the floor – and we did it for 32 minutes nonstop,” Dailey said after Tuesday’s match. “We took the wind out of their sails early. It was a nice rebound win from [Monday] night.”

Worcester outscored Saints Peter and Paul 14-7 in the first quarter. The Mallards added 12 points in the second quarter and held the visiting Sabres scoreless. At halftime, the home team led 26-7. After three quarters, Worcester was ahead 39-9.

Eight of the 10 Worcester players scored four points or more. Leading the charge was junior captain Gracie Gardner with 12 points and eight rebounds. Freshman C.C. Lizas and junior Alannah Curtis chipped in with six points each. Sophomore captain Emily Copeland had four points, six rebounds, six steals and two blocks.

“It was a total team effort. It was a nice win to go into the break with,” Dailey said. “We’ve got half of our conference games over and we’re in good shape. We’ve seen what everyone’s got and we’ll make some adjustments and go at them in the second half of the season.”

Worcester is 5-1 in conference play and 6-3 overall going into the Christmas break.

“The three losses we had we could have won, but we lacked that energy and effort. But that’s just us being a young team,” Dailey said. “We’re good enough to win. We’ve just got to show it.”

The Prep squad will compete in the annual Governor’s Challenge basketball tournament next weekend. The Mallards will face Mardela on Friday, Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. at University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne. Snow Hill will battle Gaithersburg at 11:45 a.m.

The winners will meet on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 3:15 p.m. The losers will play at 11:45 a.m.

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