Lady Seahawks ‘on the same page on offense’

(Jan. 16, 2015) The Stephen Decatur Lady Seahawks had several things they wanted to accomplish during Tuesday’s basketball game against the James M. Bennett Clippers.

“We talked a lot about it before the game and more so at halftime about how it’s important that we take advantage of every single opportunity,” said Decatur Coach Amy Fenzel-Mergott. “A lot of sets that we’re doing at practice we want to implement them in the game and we knew this would be a great opportunity for us to do that.”

Decatur had built a 17-2 lead by the midpoint of the first quarter. At the end of the quarter, the Seahawks were ahead, 32-4.

The home team went into the halftime break on top, 49-8. The Seahawks won the competition, 68-26.

“I thought they all were on the same page on offense. They would drive and dish and the girl was ready for it and then we were making some good shots,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “Defensively at first we were good, and then we started to go downhill, not playing as intense as we should have. We let them drive and they got to the basket, where typically that doesn’t happen.”

Junior Dayona Godwin led Decatur with 21 points, five steals, five assists and three rebounds. Payton VanKirk, a senior, tallied 14 points, three steals and three rebounds. Freshman Amya Mumford chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds.

At the halfway point of the season, Fenzel-Mergott thinks the squad is progressing well.

“We’re coming along great. Things are starting to come together. I think being powered by seniors really helps a lot,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “We’ve been working hard at practice. They’re going through their drills very efficiently [and] our shots are starting to fall.”

Decatur will take a trip to Mardela Springs on Tuesday to battle the Mardela Warriors at 4 p.m.

When the two teams met in Berlin on Dec. 9, Mardela won, 72-63.

“As a team, we didn’t shoot well. We didn’t do the things we normally do well,” Fenzel-Mergott said after the Dec. 9 game. Decatur is looking forward to Tuesday’s rematch.


Stephen Decatur senior Payton VanKirk shoots over a James M. Bennett player during Tuesday night’s game in Berlin. VanKirk tallied 14 points, three steals and three rebounds. Decatur won the game, 68-26.

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