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Decatur girls’ team tops Easton and Pocomoke

(Dec. 19, 2014) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team scored back-to-back victories this week over Easton and Pocomoke.

On Monday, the Lady Seahawks took a trip to Easton to battle the Warriors.

Decatur put 17 points on the board in the opening quarter and held Easton to eight. At halftime, the visiting Seahawks led 30-18. After three quarters, the Berlin squad was ahead, 46-35.

Decatur outscored Easton 17-4 in the fourth quarter to win 63-39.

“We had a lot of foul trouble early. That affected our flow,” said Decatur Coach Amy Fenzel-Mergott. “I thought especially in the fourth quarter we were smart with the ball, [we] used the clock well. We also played great defense and caused them to commit many turnovers.”

Junior Dayona Godwin scored 22 points for Decatur. Payton VanKirk, a senior, tallied 14 points and senior captain Marina Jones contributed with nine points and six rebounds.

The next day, the Seahawks faced off against the Pocomoke Warriors. Defense carried the visiting Decatur squad, who edged out its opponent, 40-36.

The Seahawks were competing without Godwin, their leading scorer. She sprained her ankle the day before during the Easton game.

Aware they would not have a key contributor on the court, Fenzel-Mergott said coaches and players had a “heart-to-heart” on the bus ride on the way to Pocomoke to figure out “what to do to make a win possible.”

Decatur netted nine points in the first quarter, while Pocomoke scored six. At the break, the visiting Seahawks held a 22-12 advantage.

Both teams tallied 10 points apiece in the third quarter.

Pocomoke chipped away at Decatur’s lead in the fourth and was within three points, but Fenzel-Mergott said “then we got things under control” to secure the victory despite going 2-for-9 from the foul line in the final quarter.

“The girls played great defense and they were smart on offense,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “We wanted to slow the game down to benefit us. Our defense was smart and put a lot of pressure on their guards.”

In the first half alone, the Decatur defense forced 17 Pocomoke turnovers.

The win was a “team effort” as several players put points on the board, Fenzel-Mergott said.

Senior Ally Beck was Decatur’s top producer with 11 points and five rebounds. Jones chipped in with eight points and three rebounds and sophomore Lexie VanKirk logged six points and eight rebounds.

Payton VanKirk tallied six points, four assists and three steals. Senior captain Jillian Petito recorded four points, three rebounds and seven assists.

Decatur is set to participate in the annual John Coleman holiday tournament, Dec. 22-23, at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.

The Seahawks will play St. Andrews at 2 p.m. on Monday and Nandua at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Other teams competing in the tournament are Snow Hill, Pocomoke and Northampton.

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