(Jan. 18, 2013) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team struggled against its Bayside South rival, Parkside, last Friday in Salisbury. The Rams, on the other hand, made it clear why they’re the top team in the conference.
“We really didn’t get into a rhythm. Our offense wasn’t flowing,” said Decatur Coach Amy Fenzel-Mergott after the 73-60 loss. “Their shooting was incredible. It’s hard to beat a team when they’re shooting so well.”
Points were traded in the first quarter, with the Rams coming out on top 14-12. Fenzel-Mergott said Parkside “made a run we couldn’t handle” in the second quarter. The home team scored 26 points in the second, while Decatur netted 14. The Rams led 40-26 at the halftime break.
The Lady Seahawks cut the lead to eight points, outscoring their opponent 21-15 in the third quarter, but the Rams tacked on 18 points to their total in the fourth and limited Decatur to 13.
Senior captain Abbey Schorr was the Seahawks’ top producer with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Freshman Dayona Godwin contributed with 13 points and six steals.
Decatur traveled to Salisbury again Tuesday to battle the James M. Bennett Clippers.
The home team held a 13-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“We came out a little shaky. We weren’t as intense and we had a lot of turnovers,” Fenzel-Mergott said.
The Seahawks outscored the Clippers 16-13 in the second quarter and had a 28-26 advantage at the break.
The visiting squad pulled away in the third quarter and after eight minutes of play, Decatur led 45-38.
The Seahawks netted 20 points in the final quarter and held the Clippers to 10 to win the game, 65-48.
“We’d get down, then we’d bring up the intensity. We saw moments like that throughout the game, then in the fourth quarter we picked it up,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “We started making our shots, we were more intense and we were making smarter decisions on offense and defense. And our fouls shots kept us in the game; we were 21-for-28 from the line.”
Schorr recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds. Senior captain Monique Wise chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Godwin contributed 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Sophomore Marina Jones had 12.
Having several players who can score double figures “makes us a more formidable opponent,” Fenzel-Mergott said.
Decatur is scheduled to battle the Wi-Hi Indians on Tuesday in Salisbury.