(Jan. 10, 2020) It may not have been pretty, but the Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team still managed to pull out a 35-28 victory over the Wicomico Indians on Tuesday in Salisbury.
“It started off ugly. We haven’t played a team like that with five girls in your face and they don’t give you an inch,” Decatur Coach Scott Kurtz said. “They went up 8-6 and then it was back and forth. A lot of running, turnovers. They pressed us the whole game. We knew it was coming, we were just not prepared for that intensity; it’s hard to prepare for that. It overwhelmed us in the beginning, but once we settled down we got more confident with the ball.”
Wicomico led 8-6 at the end of the first quarter. Points were traded in the second quarter and right at the buzzer before halftime, Decatur senior Summer Vorsteg made a shot to tie the game, 18-18.
That gave us a little momentum going into the break,” Kurtz said. “There was a lot of thinking and second guessing, then we started cleaning it up. We started playing our style of basketball in the second half. Much cleaner basketball.”
Kurtz said the Seahawks – particularly senior captains Sarah Engle and Abby Yesko, and sophomore Nadia Bullock – once they broke the press, they didn’t stop attacking the rim.
Decatur led 26-21 at the end of the third quarter.
“We came out red hot to start the fourth quarter,” Kurtz said. “It was 35-21 at one point. We just exploded. We had a nice little cushion, which put the pressure on Wi-Hi.”
In the last three or four minutes, Kurtz said the Seahawks just tried to run the clock out and secure the victory.
“Defense was the best we played all year,” Kurtz said.
Despite the intense defense by Wicomico, Kurtz said his players didn’t get worn down.
“They were in it the whole time. They play sports all year, so they’re in shape,” he said. “They just don’t have any quit in them. They’re just winners and they don’t want to come out of the game. The girls feed off each other’s energy.”
Engle led Decatur with 13 points. She also had five rebounds and two steals. Freshman Mayah Garner chipped in with 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.
Bullock tallied eight points, seven rebounds and four steals. Junior Jessica Janney pulled down 17 rebounds. She scored two points.
Decatur will host the Mardela Warriors today, Friday, at 4 p.m. The boys’ team will play Mardela starting around 5:30 p.m., following the girls’ matchup.
Next week, the Lady Seahawks will battle the James M. Bennett Clippers on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. then the Parkside Rams on Thursday at 4 p.m. in Berlin.
“It’s an exciting week for us coming up,” Kurtz said. “Bennett and Parkside play two different styles of basketball.”
The coaching staff will come up with a game plan to prepare the girls, Kurtz said.
“It’s going to take everybody involved to get it done,” he said.