(Dec. 14, 2012) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team opened the 2012-13 season with a bang, outscoring the North Dorchester Eagles 81-24 on the road in Hurlock, Md., last Thursday.
The Lady Seahawks came out from the first whistle and dominated their opponent. The visiting team scored 33 points and held North Dorchester scoreless in the opening quarter. Decatur led 49-11 at the halftime break and by the end of the third quarter, the Seahawks had pulled ahead 71-19.
“The team played very well. I was happy that we scored 81 points after all of our struggles to score in the past,” said Decatur Coach Amy Fenzel-Mergott. “We missed too many easy shots and have to clean some things up defensively, but I was very happy.”
Senior co-captain Abbey Schorr led Decatur with 33 points and 17 rebounds. Fellow senior captain Monique Wise chipped in with 13 points.
The James M. Bennett Clippers traveled to Berlin on Monday to challenge the Seahawks.
Decatur’s full-court press was successful in the first quarter as the Seahawks forced several Bennett turnovers and intercepted a number of their opponent’s inbound passes. At the end of the quarter, the home team was ahead 24-15.
“Our press gave them a hard time and caused some turnovers; however, we could have done a better job. We got a lot of fouls,” Fenzel-Mergott said.
Decatur went into the halftime break on top 44-27.
During the break, Fenzel-Mergott encouraged her players to not let up and to continue to play strong.
The Seahawks led 61-32 after the third quarter and won the game 68-36.
“We could have scored a few more. We missed 25 lay-ups,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “We pressed in the second half because they’re the type of team that could get back in it … It was a huge win for us. We haven’t beaten Bennett in years.”
Schorr was the Seahawks’ top producer with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Dayona Godwin scored 13 points.
The Wi-Hi Indians will travel to Berlin today, Friday, for a 5:30 p.m. game against Decatur.