Ocean City Today

Decatur to face Chesapeake in 3A East Reg. second round

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Feb 22, 2018

(Feb. 23 2018) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team will take a trip to Pasadena, Maryland on Tuesday to battle the Chesapeake Cougars of Anne Arundel during the second round of the 3A East Region Section II playoffs.

Both teams earned first-round byes. Chesapeake received the No. 2 seed and Decatur the third.

The squads have matched up previously during the postseason.

“We’ve won, but it was only by a margin of about 10 points,” Decatur Coach Kate Coates said. “Just going off history, typically they’re a pretty fundamental, quick team. And again, they play competition all year that we don’t see until now.”

Coates said Decatur is considered the underdog because Chesapeake is seeded higher and ended the season with a better record. She plans to gather some information on the Cougars to prepare for the competition.

“[Such as] what kind of defense they’re going to run. Typically, they’ve pressed us, so we have to make sure our press break is the way it should be,” Coates said. “They’ll probably pick us up man [to man] and we don’t see that all year, so we’ll have to be running through our man offense. [As well as] tighten up our defense and just [work on] the fundamental things.”

Coates said it is important for the girls to be relaxed.

“When they put too much pressure or stress on themselves, then we start getting a little out of control,” she said. “We’re the underdog going into it, so let’s just give everything we have. It’s a fresh start for everybody.”

Decatur finished the regular season with an 8-12 record.

“I think these last couple games, even though we haven’t won, a few girls have stepped up and gained more confidence,” Coates said. “It’s kind of tough because we have a week and a half between our last game to our next game which we’re not really used to.”

Maintaining focus and working on the “little things” at practice, will be key for Decatur’s success in the postseason, Coates said.

“And, if we can just put together 32 minutes on Tuesday then we can come out with a win,” she said.

The winner will face either No. 1 James M. Bennett or fourth-seeded Northeast of Anne Arundel, on Thursday, March 1. Those teams were scheduled to play on Tuesday in Salisbury.

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