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Decatur girls top Wi-Hi, Snow Hill

(Feb. 14, 2014) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team logged back-to-back victories this week on its home court.

On Monday, the Wi-Hi Indians traveled to Berlin to compete against the Lady Seahawks.

Sophomore Dayona Godwin and junior Payton VanKirk scored 12 and 11 points respectively to lead Decatur into the halftime break. The Berlin squad outscored Wi-Hi, 12-8 in the opening quarter and held a 31-18 advantage after two quarters.

With about five seconds remaining in the third quarter, Godwin sank a three-point shot to boost Decatur’s lead to 47-27.

The Seahawks scored six of their 11 fourth-quarter points in the final minute, winning the game 58-35.

“We came out strong pressing and we got a lot of turnovers and then we got easy lay-ups, but then we missed [those lay-ups] and that really deflated us,” Decatur Coach Amy Fenzel-Mergott said. “That gave Wicomico confidence, so that was a struggle, but then the girls stuck in there and came out in the second half and we did a good job making our outside shots, which is something we really haven’t done in a while and that was nice because if you start making your outside shots than that makes inside shots just a little bit easier.”

Godwin finished the match with 21 points. VanKirk tallied 15 points, three steals and four rebounds. Junior Jillian Petito chipped in with four points and eight assists.

The next night, the Snow Hill Eagles came to Berlin to take on Decatur. The Seahawks, who sported pink gear for their “Think Pink Game” for breast cancer awareness, won, 57-30.

Decatur led 20-4 at the end of the first quarter. The team went into the locker room for its halftime talk on top, 37-15.

Only 13 points were scored in the third quarter and seven were netted by the Seahawks.

“The first half we came out on fire and we were making the easy shots,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “In the second half we came out flat. We had such a big lead at halftime we didn’t play as hard in the second half. To [Snow Hill’s] credit, they played better.”

Godwin led Decatur (15-3) with 19 points, five rebounds and six steals. Junior captain Marina Jones contributed with 11 points and five rebounds.

Tonight, Friday, is Decatur’s Senior Night. Captain Erin Florek, the team’s lone senior, will be honored before the 5:30 p.m. game against the James M. Bennett Clippers.

Decatur will wrap up regular-season competition next week. The Seahawks will host the Indian River Indians at 12:30 p.m. Monday, then travel to Kent Island to compete against the Buccaneers Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The final game of the season is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, in Salisbury against the Parkside Rams.

Stephen Decatur junior Jillian Petito take the ball up the court during Monday’s game against Wi-Hi in Berlin.
Stephen Decatur sophomore Elle Bargar battles for a loose ball during Monday’s game against Wi-Hi in Berlin. Decatur won 58-35.

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