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Decatur bounces back after loss with 64-11 win over SH

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Dec 21, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior Lily Belle Baker fires off a shot during Monday’s match against Washington in Berlin. Decatur lost 61-58.

(Dec. 22, 2017) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team battled a tough Washington squad on Monday and fell a few points short of a victory, but the Lady Seahawks rallied back after the loss and scored a big win over Snow Hill on Wednesday.

Decatur hosted the Washington Jaguars on Monday in Berlin. The Seahawks led 13-12 at the end of the first quarter and 26-24 at halftime. The visiting Jaguars pulled ahead 44-42 at the end of the third quarter and went on to win, 61-58.

“I thought that we finally were able to generate offense, however we missed way too many easy shots that we must finish,” Decatur Coach Kate Coates said. “Our foul shooting wasn’t terrible as we were 15-for-22, but making our foul shots and easy [baskets] would have helped us to win. It’s no fun losing, but we will take this experience and learn from it, and bounce back from it.”

Senior captain Amya Mumford scored a career-high 27 points and had six rebounds for Decatur. Senior Savannah Walton had 10 points and six steals. Sophomore Caela Berrie added eight points and six assists.

The Lady Seahawks did “bounce back” in a huge way just two days later on their home court when they trounced the Snow Hill Eagles, 64-11.

“It was a good team win,” Coates said. “We played good defense and were able to work the ball inside on offense. There are still some minor things as a team we need to clean up and improve on, but we will do that and continue to grow.”

Decatur netted 19 points in the first quarter and held Snow Hill scoreless. At halftime, the Berlin squad led 32-5. By the end of the third quarter, the Seahawks had pulled ahead 47-11. They tacked on 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Mumford had 19 points and 15 rebounds. Berrie and Walton each chipped in eight points. Senior Zina Sbih pulled down nine rebounds.

Decatur is 4-2 heading into the Christmas break. The Seahawks will compete in the Governor’s Challenge tournament, playing games on Dec. 27 and 28.

In bracket two, Decatur will take on Damascus on Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 3:15 p.m. at University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne. Thomas Stone and Sussex Tech will go head-to-head at 11:45 a.m.

The winners of each game will battle at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28 at UMES. The losing teams will play each other at 3:15 p.m. at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury.

“In the tournament, we need to play intense defense and make our easy shots on offense,” Coates said.

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