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With four league games remaining, players ‘need to stay mentally focused,’ Coach Amy Fenzel-Mergott says


(Feb. 8, 2013) With four regular-season games remaining, the Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team improved to 16-2 Tuesday night, after a 60-16 victory over the Washington Jaguars on their home court in Berlin.

“The girls had good chemistry, which was nice to see. We did a lot of nice things tonight,” Decatur Coach Amy Fenzel-Mergott said after the game. “We got a lot of good shots; however, I think we missed too many easy shots. We moved the ball well, I think we did a good job of playing defense, getting the rebound, getting it out and trying to run the fast break.”

The Lady Seahawks out-scored the Jaguars 14-4 in the first quarter and led 28-7 at the halftime break.

Decatur netted 12 points in the third quarter and held Washington to two.

The Seahawks had a strong fourth quarter, tacking 20 points on to their total, while the Jaguars scored seven.

Fenzel-Mergott said she was proud of her team’s unselfish play as all 10 players scored. Leading the charge was senior captains Abbey Schorr and Casey Ortiz. Schorr tallied 14 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Ortiz scored 14 points and had 16 rebounds.

The Seahawks are scheduled to travel to Snow Hill tonight, Friday, to play the Eagles.

Decatur’s wraps up regular-season competition next week. The senior Seahawks will be honored during halftime of Tuesday’s game against the Saint Michaels Saints. Tip-off in Berlin is 4 p.m.

Decatur will battle the Parkside Rams, the top team in the Bayside Conference South, on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Berlin.

“They’re No. 1 and we’re No. 2. That’s going to be a big game,” Fenzel-Mergott said.

The Seahawks’ final game is next Saturday on the road against the Indian River Indians.

“We need to stay healthy, we need to keep working on our positive chemistry with each other and we need to have the right mindset,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “We need to stay mentally focused.”

Stephen Decatur senior captain Casey Ortiz (21) and freshman Cidney Gray (15) block Washington players from rebounding the ball during Tuesday’s game in Berlin. Ortiz scored 14 points and had 16 rebounds in Decatur’s 60-16 win.


Lisa Capitelli, Ocean City Today
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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