Mallards Sweep Two, Remain Unbeaten

Mallards Sweep Two, Remain Unbeaten
Worcester’s Lily Baeurle puts up a shot in the first quarter against Holly Grove on Monday. Photo by Shawn Soper

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team continued to roll this week with a tight win over Delmarva Christian last Friday followed by another blowout over Holly Grove on Monday.

The Mallards’ record now stands at 7-0 after the pair of wins last week and they are scoring in bunches. The seven-game win streak to start the season includes victories by scores of 53-8, 71-2 and now 53-2 with the win over the Eagles on Monday.

Last Friday, the Mallards had one of their toughest matchups of the season in the second game of their home and home series with Delmarva Christian. On December 5, the Worcester girls edged Delmarva Christian, 38-31 at home. Last Friday, the second game with Delmarva Christian was equally close with the Mallards prevailing by the score of 42-35.

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Worcester’s Emily Copeland gets a shot off in traffic during the second quarter of Monday’s home game against Holly Grove.
Photo by Shawn Soper

Worcester jumped out to an early 10-3 lead after the first quarter, which would prove to be decisive. Delmarva Christian played the Mallards even in the second quarter and Worcester led, 18-12, at the half. Worcester outscored the Royals by one point in the third quarter and the two teams played even in the fourth, but the early first-quarter lead stood up and Worcester hung on for the 42-35 win. Hailey Merritt led Worcester with 23 points, while Delaney Abercrombie scored seven and Grace Gardner added six.

Back in action at home on Monday against Holly Grove, the outcome was never in question for Worcester. The Mallards led 22-0 at the end of the first quarter and 36-2 at the half. Worcester pulled back in the second half and emptied the bench with every player getting into the box score. Gardner led the offensive attack with 11 points, while Hannah Merritt added 10. Hailey Merritt and C.C. Lizas each added six points.

The Holly Grove game was the last for the Mallards before the Christmas break. The Worcester girls will compete in the Governor’s Challenge Holiday Tournament on December 26 -27 before returning to regular league action on January 5 against Salisbury School.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.