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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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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

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.

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