(Jan. 6, 2023) After an extremely competitive Governor’s Challenge tournament last week in Salisbury, the Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team bounced back with a 71-37 victory over the Wicomico Lady Indians on Monday in Berlin.
“The Governor’s Challenge was very difficult for us as a team. We had a difficult time creating offense and both teams were very skilled and the scoreboard reflected that … Baltimore Poly is a good team, but we didn’t put our best foot forward … Sanford was a tough game; overwhelming. We haven’t faced that level of competition,” said Decatur Coach Scott Kurtz. “Moving forward, we had to be honest with our players about what we need for them to do/change for us to succeed and meet our goals … We spent some time repairing … [and] Monday against Wi-Hi we took the first step toward improving as a team.”
The Lady Seahawks came out strong and built a 22-5 lead by the end of the first quarter.
“We played good defense and the offense was clicking,” Kurtz said. “Everyone was clicking.”
Wicomico outscored Decatur 18-17 in the second quarter and at halftime, the home team held a 39-23 advantage.
The Seahawks turned it on again in the third quarter, putting 22 points on the board, while limiting the Indians to seven. After three quarters, the Berlin squad was on top, 61-30.
“We played three really strong quarters defensively, but the lapses in the second quarter showed us where we need to improve,” Kurtz said. “Early in the game we used our full-court press to create havoc and get steals, which converted to transition points. We were dealing with a few minor injuries and had to rely on a lot of players, but our reserves came in and helped us on both ends of the floor.”
Senior captain Mayah Garner was Decatur’s top producer with 29 points. She also had 14 rebounds, two assists and two steals.
“Mayah had her best game of the season when we needed her to really take steps toward getting us back on track,” Kurtz said. “That is great for her and our team. Moving forward, we need to get through our next few games healthy and find ways to improve as a team.”
Sophomore Sam Boger chipped in with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.
Sophomore Allison Swift contributed 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
“It’s a pretty big game for us anytime we play Wi-Hi. Seventy-one to 37 is a good win,” Kurtz said. “We have some tough competition coming our way. We’ve got to keep embracing challenges and see what we can do. We’ve got to keep getting better.”
Decatur will host the Crisfield Crabbers today, Friday, at 5 p.m. in Berlin. The Mardela Warriors will come to Berlin on Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. match against the Seahawks.