Worcester Girls Improve to 4-1

Worcester Prep’s Meg Lingo works the ball inside against the Holly Grove defense during the second quarter of Monday’s game. The Mallards beat Holly Grove, 50-8, to improve to 4-1 on the season.

Photo by Shawn Soper Worcester Prep’s Meg Lingo works the ball inside against the Holly Grove defense during the second quarter of Monday’s game. The Mallards beat Holly Grove, 50-8, to improve to 4-1 on the season. Photo by Shawn Soper

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team enjoyed a successful week, beating Greenwood Mennonite and Holly Grove to improve to 4-1 on the season.
Last Friday, the Mallards cruised by Greenwood Mennonite, 57-20. Sophie Brennan and Frankie Willing led the Mallards in scoring with 14 points each. The win over Greenwood was the second successive games. Last week, the Mallards beat Greenwood, 60-8, at home.
Back in action on Monday, the Worcester girls routed Holly Grove at home to continue their hot streak. Already ahead 10-0 in the first, Allie Greer scored on a layup to increase the Mallards’ lead to 12-0 with 3:40 remaining in the first. After Holly Grove got on the board with a pair of free throws at the 3:07 mark, Kristen Shriver scored on a fast break lay-up to push the lead to 14-2.
Brennan scored on a long jumper with 2:14 remaining in the first to extend the lead to 16-2, then stole the inbound pass and converted the quick lay-up to push the margin to 18-2. Holly Grove went to the line with about a minute remaining in the first and missed the front end of a one-and-one, but rebounded the shot and converted the lay-up to cut the lead to 18-4. Lilly DiNardo converted a long jumper for the Mallards as time expired in the first quarter to extend the lead to 20-4 after one period.
In the second, neither team got much going offensively. Brennan made a lay-up at the six minute mark in the second, and followed that up with another fast break lay-up to push the lead to 26-4. Just before the half expired, Worcester’s Maura Smith grabbed a rebound and converted the put-back to push the Mallards’ lead to 28-4 at the intermission.
In the second half, Worcester continued to build its lead as Holly Grove could not find a way to score against the tough Mallard defense. Holly Grove matched their point total from the first half and finished with eight points, while Worcester cruised to the 50-8 win. Since falling to Salisbury Christian, 28-27, back on December 3, the Mallards have now won three straight by a combined score of 167-36. The Mallards finished the first part of the schedule with a home game against Saints Peter and Paul on Thursday in a game played too late to be included in this edition. They will return to action after the holiday break with a home game against Salisbury School on January 8.

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