Ocean City Today

WP girls’ basketball team tops STPP, 39-32

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Jan 11, 2018

(Jan. 12, 2018) Worcester Prep girls’ basketball Coach Scot Dailey knew his team’s second matchup with the Saints Peter and Paul Sabres wouldn’t be as big of a blowout as the first.

When the two teams went head-to-head on Dec. 19 in Berlin, Worcester won 49-11.

“We were everywhere – grabbing rebounds, loose balls, diving on the floor – and we did it for 32 minutes nonstop,” Dailey said following the game. “It was a total team effort.”

Worcester traveled to Easton on Wednesday to battle its Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference rival and came out on top, 39-32.

Because of the snow, it was the Lady Mallards first time on the court since last Wednesday when the team had practice. It was their first competition since Dec. 30.

“I thought we played OK. Saints Peter and Paul played a lot better [than in the previous game],” Dailey said. “We missed a ton of shots. I thought our defense was OK. We played about four different defenses; some worked and some didn’t.”

Worcester led 10-5 at the end of the first quarter. Saints Peter and Paul chipped away at the Berlin squad’s advantage in the second quarter. At halftime, the Mallards were ahead 17-15.

Worcester outscored Saints Peter and Paul 16-10 in the third quarter to increase its lead to 33-25.

“They turned it up a little bit in the third quarter,” Dailey said. “I saw some fire in our bellies, which I haven’t seen before.”

Junior captain Hailey Merritt tallied 14 points, four rebounds, four steals and four assists. Junior captain Gracie Gardner chipped in with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

“They scored 27 of our 39 points. Those two carried us,” Dailey said.

Worcester will host the North Caroline Bulldogs today, Friday, at 5:30 p.m. in Berlin.

“Public schools are always tough. It should be a good test for us,” Dailey said. “We need to play good defense and keep our composure under pressure.”

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