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WP girls’ team advances to ESIAC title game

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Feb 15, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep sophomore Carly Hoffman takes a shot during Wednesday’s Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals against Salisbury Christian. Worcester won 36-26.

(Feb. 16, 2018) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team won 36-26 over the Salisbury Christian Jaguars on Wednesday in Berlin to advance to the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship game.

“Wow. Our energy and effort and focus was through the roof,” Prep Coach Scot Dailey said. “I thought, defensively, we were locked in for the entire game.

“We keep getting better, we’re just not consistent for 32 minutes offensively,” he added. “We ran the sets with a little more poise, we just didn’t quite execute, but we’re getting better at it.”

The Lady Mallards outscored the Jaguars 10-8 during the first quarter of the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals. At halftime, the Prep squad led 18-10. After three quarters, Worcester was on top 29-18.

“Holding them to 26 points was pretty good,” Dailey said. “We kind of slowed the game down a little bit and just tried to grind it out, possession by possession, and be efficient of offense.”

Junior captain Gracie Gardner led Worcester with 12 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.

Junior captain Hailey Merritt added nine points, four rebounds and three steals. Hannah Merritt, also a junior captain, chipped in four points. She also had eight rebounds and two blocks.

Sophomore captain Emily Copeland contributed four points, five rebounds and three blocks.

Worcester will travel to Georgetown, Delaware, today, Friday, to battle the Delmarva Christian Royals for the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship trophy at 6 p.m.

“They’re really excited to get back to the championship game and they’d love nothing more than to beat Delmarva Christian,” Dailey said. “We need to play with the same energy, effort and defensive intensity we played with [against Salisbury Christian]. We need to take care of the basketball and execute on offense. If we do these things we’ll bring the championship back [to Berlin].”

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