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Wor. Prep girls’ basketball team gets two victories

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Dec 07, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep junior captain Hailey Merritt contributed nine points and had six steals in the 40-23 win over Gunston, Monday in Berlin.

(Dec. 8, 2017) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team earned victories over two Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference opponents this week.

On Monday, the Lady Mallards won 40-23 over the Gunston Day Herons on their home court in Berlin.

Worcester tallied six points in the first quarter and held Gunston scoreless. At halftime, the home team led 14-7. The Prep squad outscored the Herons 15-4 during the third quarter.

Junior captain Gracie Gardner was Worcester’s top producer, with 10 points. She also had 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Junior captain Hailey Merritt contributed nine points and had six steals.

“I thought the first half we came out really flat. We didn’t play very well, there was not a lot of intensity, not a lot of energy,” Prep Coach Scot Dailey said. “We played much better in the second half.

“The second half we played full-court, man-to-man [defense]. I thought that maybe that would spark them a little bit and it seemed like it did,” Dailey continued. “I was proud of the way we played in the second half.”

Worcester hosted the Salisbury School Dragons on Wednesday and came out on top, 40-16.

The Mallards netted 11 points in the first quarter, while Salisbury scored three. At halftime, the Prep squad led 23-5. The home team was on top 36-8 after three quarters.

“We played great. It was the first time we played well for the entire game,” Dailey said. “The intensity level on defense was nonstop for 32 minutes.”

Gardner recorded 13 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore captain Emily Copeland added six points and six rebounds. Merritt logged five points, four assists and three rebounds.

Worcester will travel to Salisbury today, Friday, to play the Salisbury Christian Jaguars at 5:30 p.m.

“We need to keep the intensity on defense,” Dailey said. “For us, it’s amazing how it sparks our offense.”

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