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Decatur girls victorious

(Dec. 21, 2012) After suffering a 47-39 loss to the Mardela Warriors last Wednesday, the Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team ended the week on a high note, earning a 61-34 victory over the Wi-Hi Indians.

The Lady Seahawks led 17-14 at the end of the first quarter last Friday in Berlin. They outscored Wi-Hi 15-4 in the second quarter to head into the halftime break with a 32-18 lead.

Decatur tacked on 19 points in the third quarter and held the visiting Indians to four. After three quarters, the Seahawks had gained a 51-22 advantage.

“The girls played great. They bounced back from the Mardela loss. They showed a lot of energy and they made the easy shots,” said Decatur Coach Amy Fenzel-Mergott.

The Seahawks were led by senior captains Abbey Schorr (28 points, 11 rebounds) and Monique Wise (11 points, 13 rebounds).

On Monday, the Kent Island Buccaneers traveled to Berlin to play the Seahawks.

Decatur got off to a slow start offensively, falling behind 6-1. The home team outscored Kent Island 7-2 to tie the score at 8-all. Points were traded throughout the quarter, but Decatur was ahead 18-14 after eight minutes of play. The Seahawks held a five-point lead (29-24) at halftime.

Decatur outscored Kent Island 22-12 in the third quarter and 20-14 in the fourth to win the game 71-50.

“It was a huge game for us. Last year, they beat us by 50 points,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “We had a big discussion before the game that set our mentality. We wanted to show them what we could do.”

Schorr was Decatur’s top scorer with 22 points. She also had 11 rebounds. Freshman Dayona Godwin contributed 17 points and five steals, and Wise logged 14 points and 12 rebounds.

“Kent Island is one of the better teams in the [Bayside Conference] North. I thought the girls played great. We did a lot of good things,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “We did a good job playing defense and boxing out and giving them just one shot. We made some turnovers when they pressed us, but we got our composure and we broke the press and made our lay-ups.”

Decatur is scheduled to compete in the John Coleman Christmas tournament, Dec. 27-28. Each year the Worcester County schools rotate hosting the competition in their gym. This year, the tournament will take place in Pocomoke. The four teams participating are Decatur, Snow Hill, Pocomoke and Northampton of Virginia.

The Seahawks will play the Snow Hill Eagles on Thursday, Dec 27, and the Pocomoke Warriors on Friday, Dec. 28. Both games are set to start at 5:30 p.m.

“We’re very optimistic and everyone’s very positive,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “We’re coming together nicely and we’re starting to jell.”


Stephen Decatur sophomore Payton VanKirk dribbles past a Kent Island player during Monday’s game in Berlin. Decatur won 71-50.
Lisa Capitelli, Ocean City Today
Managing Editor Lisa Capitelli, a New York native, entered Salisbury University (then Salisbury State) in the fall of 1998 and graduated in the spring of 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts degree. She majored in communication arts, and minored in art, with concentration on photography. Lisa began her career at Ocean City Today as a staff writer in February 2003. She was promoted to Assistant Editor in August 2011 and Managing Editor in May, 2013. Editorial responsibilities include covering sports — from local high school games, to fishing tournaments and recreation and park programs, the business community and weekly happenings, events and activities.

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