BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team lost a tough one last week, falling to visiting Delmarva Christian, 38-27, in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) championship game.
It’s always tough to beat the same team three times in one year and that’s what the Worcester girls were facing when they drew Delmarva Christian in the ESIAC championship game last Thursday at home. The Mallards cruised past Salisbury School in the semifinals, 44-18 to earn yet another rematch with Delmarva Christian in the title game.
The Worcester girls had beaten the Royals twice already this season, both by close scores. The Mallards beat Delmarva Christian, 38-31, back on December 5, followed by another 42-35 win over the Royals on December 15. During the championship game last Thursday, however, points for often hard to come by for the Mallards.
Worcester trailed 13-6 after one quarter and 20-15 at the half. The Mallards scored only four points in the third quarter, but actually outscored Delmarva Christian in the fourth quarter. The damage had been done and Worcester could not overcome an early deficit as the Royals held on for the conference championship.
The disappointing loss did little to tarnish what was another great season for Worcester. The Mallards started the season with eight straight wins and didn’t suffer their first loss until its second game of the Governor’s Challenge holiday tournament against Kings Christian Academy. The Worcester girls lost two other games to always-tough St. Thomas More before last Thursday loss in the ESIAC final to finish the season at 16-4.