(Jan. 30, 2015) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team continued its dominant run this week, outscoring both the Indian River Indians and Crisfield Crabbers by 50 points.
On Saturday, the Lady Seahawks traveled to Frankford, Del. to face the Indians.
Decatur scored 23 points in the opening quarter and held Indian River to two points. The visiting Berlin squad led 45-14 at halftime. After three quarters, the Seahawks had extended their advantage to 59-22. Decatur won the game, 74-25.
“We worked on some man-to-man defense with them. We had a lot of fast breaks against Indian River. That’s where we got most of our points,” Decatur Coach Amy Fenzel-Mergott said.
Junior Dayona Godwin was Decatur’s top producer with 18 points, three rebounds and five assists. Freshman Amya Mumford contributed 14 points and had four rebounds, two steals and a block. Senior captain Marina Jones logged 13 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block. Payton VanKirk, a senior, chipped in with nine points, and senior captain Jillian Petito added eight points, eight assists, seven steals and four rebounds.
Crisfield came to Berlin two days later to take on the Decatur squad.
The Seahawks showed they were the stronger team right from the beginning. The home team put 31 points on the board in the first quarter and limited the Crabbers to three. Decatur went into the halftime break on top, 44-14.
The Seahawks outscored their opponent 18-1 in the third quarter and went on to win the competition, 71-21.
“There were a lot of things that we’ve been working on that we saw tonight,” Fenzel-Mergott said after Monday’s game. “We’re working on having some variety in our offense, we were working on our outside shooting. We got a lot of outside shots, which is great because going into the playoffs it’s going to make us harder to stop.”
The Seahawks also focused on their defense during the match-up against the Crabbers.
“We worked on some man-to-man defense, which isn’t necessarily our forte. Tonight gave us an opportunity to really practice that,” Fenzel-Mergott said.
Godwin tallied 31 of Decatur’s 71 points. She also recorded eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block. Jones had nine points, eight rebounds, two steals and three blocks. Petito logged eight points, 12 assists and four steals. Ally Beck, a senior, added seven points and five assists.
“We’re taking one game at a time, but each game we are improving for the playoffs and that’s important that we don’t get complacent and that we don’t sit back,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “The girls are working hard. Now we’ve just got to cross our fingers that we stay lucky.”
Decatur will see Crisfield again on Tuesday when the team takes a trip to compete on the Crabbers’ court at 5 p.m.