Ocean City Today

Decatur girls’ basketball team tops Pocomoke by six

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Dec 14, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior captain Amya Mumford scores two of her 11 points during the third quarter of Tuesday’s game against Pocomoke in Berlin. She also had seven rebounds. Decatur won 31-25.

(Dec. 15, 2017) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team hosted the Pocomoke Warriors on Tuesday and came away with a 31-25 victory.

“It definitely wasn’t our best game and I know it’s only game three, but we just didn’t really play with much energy or intensity. That was a little disappointing to see,” Decatur Coach Kate Coates said.

Decatur outscored Pocomoke 13-4 in the first quarter. The Seahawks only added one point in the second quarter and held the Warriors scoreless. At halftime, Decatur led 14-4.

“Pocomoke has Piajah [Johnson] and she has great size inside. We took a couple shots and she blocked them and then it was almost like we were intimidated by it,” Coates said. “We talked at halftime about what we could do differently going up against her, because she’s so tall. Then we had shots that weren’t falling, but our shot selection wasn’t great either.”

At the end of the third quarter, Decatur was ahead 22-16. Despite Pocomoke’s late charge, the home team held on for the win.

Senior captain Amya Mumford led Decatur with 11 points and seven rebounds. She now has 1,021 career points. She hit her 1,000th point during last Thursday’s game against the Queen Anne’s Lions in Berlin. Unfortunately, Decatur lost 48-42 in a back-and-forth battle. Mumford had 18 points in the match-up.

“It felt really good. Once I actually got it over with, I could calm down and play my game,” Mumford said. “It was exciting. It’s a huge accomplishment.”

Mumford is only the 10th female player in the basketball program’s history to score 1,000 points.

Senior Lily Belle Baker added six points, five rebounds and five steals in Decatur’s victory over Pocomoke on Tuesday, and sophomore Caela Berrie chipped in with five points and three steals.

“I still feel like we don’t have a lot of girls that have the drive to score [rather looking to pass]. Like in past years, they wanted to go out there and score,” Coates said. “I feel like we’re still waiting to see who is going to step up. Obviously Amya does, but it can’t just be her game after game. We need others that are going to step up and become offensive threats.”

The Crisfield Crabbers will come to Berlin to take on Decatur, today, Friday, at 5:30 p.m.

“Crisfield is always very aggressive and physical,” Coates said. “Right now, I think our defense is coming along, but it’s just offensively, we’ve got to practice more with running plays.

“And it’s not just running plays because really, we tell the girls our plays are like frameworks but they should use that framework and build off of it and just play basketball,” she continued. “That’s something we’re still trying to work on. Half of our team is new so we’re still trying to figure each other out. I think it will come.”

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