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

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.