(Jan. 4, 2013) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team battled — and beat — county rivals Snow Hill and Pocomoke last week during the annual John Coleman Christmas tournament, held Dec. 27-28, in Pocomoke.
The four-team tournament also included Northampton of Virginia.
The Seahawks first faced off against the Snow Hill Eagles on Dec. 27. Decatur led 12-6 at the end of the first quarter, but was outscored 22-18 in the second quarter. The Seahawks rallied, though, earning a 30-28 lead at halftime.
The Berlin team gained a 48-38 advantage after the third quarter and finished the game strong, scoring 29 points and limiting Snow Hill to eight for the 77-46 victory.
“We played well, [but] we had a little bit of a breakdown in the second quarter,” said Decatur Coach Amy Fenzel-Mergott.
During the game, junior Erin Florek and sophomore Allison Beck were challenged with guarding Snow Hill’s top scorer, ShecQuan Bailey. She scored 31 points in the game, 19 of those were netted in the second quarter.
“I thought they both did a good job,” Fenzel-Mergott said of Florek and Beck. Bailey fouled out of the game with about five minutes remaining.
“I think we really wore them out in the fourth quarter,” said Fenzel-Mergott, who made a number of substitutions in the fourth quarter to keep fresh legs on the court. Ten Seahawks scored in the final quarter.
Senior co-captains Abbey Schorr and Monique Wise led the charge. Schorr scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds. Wise chipped in with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Florek tallied 11 points and four steals.
The next day, Dec. 28, Decatur battled Pocomoke. The Seahawks led 17-7 at the end of the first quarter and went into the halftime break ahead 35-19. With one quarter to play, the visiting team had a 46-27 advantage. Though Pocomoke outscored Decatur 18-9 in the fourth, the Seahawks had built a large enough lead in the first three quarters to hold on for a 55-45 victory.
“We had a mental breakdown with handling their press in the fourth quarter. We were doing a pretty good job, then in the fourth quarter, I think we got tired,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “We did some things much better than the last time we played them, like running our offense and getting the ball to the open players and hitting the outside shots.”
Schorr scored 23 points and had eight rebounds. Freshman Dayona Godwin contributed with 11 points.
Decatur (7-1) will travel to Princess Anne to play the Washington Jaguars on Monday. Snow Hill will visit Berlin the following day for a 5:30 p.m. match.
“The team’s doing great, but we still have a lot of improving to do,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “They’re jelling nicely. The girls are really focused on doing what it takes to have a successful season.”