second-quarter fiasco between Potter, Worcester head coach Scot Dailey, the scoreboard operator, no less than three scorekeepers/team managers and two game officials over how many personal fouls she had.
The referees decided Lingo had incurred three, per the home scorebook, while the Worcester contingent pleaded it was only two, leaving arguably the Mallards’ finest all-around performer glued to the bench for much of the first half.
It had a decided impact on Worcester’s game plan, resulting in 12 turnovers before intermission and empty offensive possessions after another. After hitting their first shot, the Mallards managed only five points across the next 15 minutes heading into the locker rooms.
“In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter, but we did score only three points with the player of the year on the bench,” Dailey said of Lingo. “We’ve got to find a way to score more than three points, and we didn’t ... that was the tale of the game.
“Leigh is a true leader, she’s a Division I lacrosse player going to Virginia Tech, and she’s a pretty good basketball player who doesn’t play basketball,” Dailey added. “When she came back in, she provided that spark for us.”
Upon re-entering, Lingo’s hustle — and three, key mid-range baskets — sparked a 13-10 third quarter for Worcester, one that concluded with the Sabres ahead 29-20 on the strength of a pair of timely, Christian three-pointers.
“Once we got up, it really made a difference for the girls,” Potter said. “Worcester, they’re going to make runs because they’re a good team. The fast start was important, because you want to see Caroline get rolling, you want to see Cat get rolling, and Cat may have hit her first threes all year.
Added Dailey: “We’ll have to see how we bounce back. It’s never easy, we knew it was going to be a tough dogfight. We came in here and got our butts handed to us a little bit.”
Senior center Jennifer Douglas chipped in eight points, eight rebounds and two steals for the Sabres, who sank 13 of 42 from the floor and 9 of 16 from the free-throw line; Worcester hit 12 of 49 and 4 of 8, respectively. Freshman Emily Copeland grabbed a game-high nine caroms for Worcester, while Lingo added three boards, five assists three steals.
Five different players — Murphy, Christian, Rust, Southcomb and Worcester senior Madison Bescak — notched four steals each. The Sabres won the rebounding battle handily, 32-25, and the teams committed 22 turnovers apiece.
“We have players that are getting it done,” Potter said. “We were hustling, and today we out-hustled them and we won the game.”
Sts, Peter & Paul hosts Delmar va Christian on Monday, and Salisbury Christian on Thursday before a Friday road game at Gunston. Worcester Prep hosts Delmarva Christian on Tuesday and plays Thursday at Salisbur y School.
Sts. Peter & Paul hosts Delmar va Christian on Monday, and Salisbury Christian on Thursday before a Friday road game at Gunston. Worcester Prep hosts Delmarva Christian on Tuesday and plays Thursday at Salisbur y School.
The Sabres can clinch the top seed in the conference by winning out.
“Homecourt is huge in this league,” Potter said Saturday. “The girls know we are far from finished and still have work to do. That is why they weren’t going nuts after winning against Worcester Prep. One game at a time and the rest will take care of itself.”
SSPP 45, Del. Christian 40 EASTON — Jen Douglas scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds Monday night, as Saints Peter and Paul High’s girls’ basketball team earned a 45-40 victory over Delmarva Christian in an ESIAC contest.
Megan Hickey (12 points) sealed the win with a pair of free throws and a layup in the final 1.9 seconds as the Sabres (14-5 overall, 8-2 ESIAC) pulled into a secondplace tie with Worcester Prep behind front-runner Salisbur y Christian (9-2). Cat Christian finished with 10 points and Caroline Murphy added eight for Sts. Peter & Paul.
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Kent Island’s Ryan Salus, left, and Queen Anne’s Jacob Heinz compete in the 145-pound bout last Friday evening at Queen Anne’s County High School. Salus won by a pinfall in 3:00.