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‘Fabulous team win’ for Decatur on Senior Night

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Feb 15, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior Zina Sbih battles for the ball with a Saint Michaels player during Tuesday’s game in Berlin. She scored four points in Decatur’s 53-19 win on Senior Night.

(Feb. 16, 2018) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team celebrated Senior Night with a 53-19 victory over the Saint Michaels Saints, Tuesday in Berlin.

“It was a fabulous team win that we really needed. I think they were super excited, because it was Senior Night, especially,” Decatur Coach Kate Coates said. “The underclassmen really wanted to play hard for the seniors, just to thank them for being their leaders all year.”

The Lady Seahawks outscored the Saints 14-6 during the first quarter, and at halftime, Decatur led 26-9. By the end of the third quarter, the home team was ahead 43-13.

“We played relaxed, under control and we were looking for the open girl, which is exactly what we needed to do,” Coates said. “They weren’t trying to force things. The past few games we’ve been forcing things, which are causing turnovers, which then leads to the other team getting fast breaks.”

Freshman Jessica Janney led Decatur with 16 points. She also had five rebounds. Senior captain Chloe Sass chipped in 10 points and had six rebounds and four steals. Sophomore Sarah Engle contributed six points and had four steals and three assists.

Decatur was scheduled to wrap up regular-season play yesterday, Thursday.

Seeding for the regional tournament is slated for Tuesday, with competition starting Friday, Feb. 23 or Saturday, Feb. 24.

“We still have to clean up some things. We still haven’t really put together a complete game where we just play well as a team,” Coates said. “We’ve done it for three quarters, but we have yet to do it for four quarters. I’m hoping the girls find the motivation that this could be the end of their season, so let’s just lay it all out there, and hopefully we can come up with four great quarters and get some wins in the playoffs.”


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