Worcester Girls Fall to Salisbury Christian, 28-27

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team started the 2013-2014 campaign with a split in its first two games, including a decisive 56-2 rout over Gunston in the season opener last week followed by a narrow, one-point loss to host Salisbury Christian on Tuesday.
The Mallards routed Gunston, 56-2, last week, the Herons’ only points coming in the waning minutes of the game. Against Salisbury Christian on the road on Tuesday, Worcester got its first real test and fell, 28-27, in a tight, low-scoring game.
Simona Holland takes over as head coach for the girls’ varsity team after coaching the junior varsity team for the last two years. Holland has a solid roster of veteran players at her disposal, 12 of which are returning upperclassmen. Worcester is top heavy with senior leadership including Meg Lingo, Lilly DiNardo, Frankie Willing, Kristen Shriver, Allie Greer and Cynthia Delaney.
Six of the 13 roster spots are filled with talented juniors including prolific scorer Sophie Brennan, Jordie Loomis, Molly Soule, Maura Smith, Natalie Twilley and Ali Wyatt. Sophomore Grace Tunis is the lone underclassmen on the veteran roster.
The Mallards went 12-6 last year and hope to improve on that mark as they get into the meat of their ESIAC schedule. The Worcester girls faced Greenwood at home on Thursday in a game played too late to be included in this edition. They face old rival Saints Peter and Paul at home next Tuesday and Greenwood again on the road next Friday before closing out the first part of the schedule with Holly Grove and Chincoteague just before the holiday break.