Ocean City Today

Decatur falls to Damascus, wins big over T. Stone

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Jan 04, 2018

(Jan. 5, 2018) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team lost a close battle against Damascus, but won big over Thomas Stone during the 37th annual Governor’s Challenge tournament, held in Salisbury, Dec. 26-30.

“The tournament was a good experience for us because it allowed us to play against a team like Damascus, which is the type of team we could see come playoffs,” Decatur Coach Kate Coates said. “We have played in this tournament the last four years. The first two years were against extremely tough competition, and then the last two years we have played teams that we match up better with.”

Decatur faced Damascus last Wednesday at University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne.

The Seahawks led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Hornets held a 16-15 advantage at halftime. At the end of the third quarter, Damascus was ahead 23-22. The Hornets topped the Seahawks 40-32.

“We did see some positives from some of the girls, however, one thing that was evident was that we were getting tired from the longer UMES floor,” Coates said. “That hurt us because we were not able to press them to try to get some turnovers. Again, we missed too many easy shots, that if we had hit, maybe the outcome of the game would have been different.”

Senior captain Amya Mumford scored more than half of Decatur’s points. She finished the game with 18.

Thomas Stone and Sussex Tech rounded out the four-team bracket. Sussex Tech won 62-26 over Thomas Stone. In the championship round, Sussex Tech earned a 46-32 victory over Damascus.

Decatur went head-to-head with Thomas Stone in the consolation round on Thursday at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury. The Seahawks dominated the Cougars and won 48-9.

Decatur shut out Thomas Stone 16-0 in the first quarter. At halftime, the Seahawks led 26-3. They tacked on eight points in the third to pull ahead 34-3.

“I thought we played a great all-around team game. Our press was very effective, allowing us to get some steals and quick shots against them,” Coates said. “I thought all of our girls played intense defense, they hustled, and they were making good passes to find the open girl for good shots.”

Mumford led the team with 16 points. She had six rebounds and four blocks. Sophomore Sarah Engle chipped in with 12 points, five rebounds and two steals.

Returning to Bayside Conference play, Decatur will travel to Salisbury for games next week. The Seahawks will take on the Wicomico Indians at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by the Parkside Rams on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

“Wi-Hi and Parkside back-to-back will be tough because both of those teams are usually physical and very aggressive and will definitely want to beat us,” Coates said. “We are going to have to put together a full 32-minute game where we are 100 percent mentally focused and play fundamental Decatur basketball the way we know how.”

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