(Dec. 24, 2021) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team is 5-0 going into the holiday break, after earning a 57-14 victory over the Pocomoke Warriors last Thursday on the road.
“Pocomoke played us with a ton of energy. They played us hard,” Decatur Coach Scott Kurtz said. “They came out hot and went up 6-5, then we hit five threes in a row and it was 22-6 by the time the first quarter ended.”
The Lady Seahawks outscored the Warriors, 21-2, in the second half to go into halftime on top, 43-8.
“We settled down and ended up dictating the tempo of the game,” Kurtz said. “We were just shooting very well. Once we started knocking threes they had to extend their zone defense out on us [so] we changed our offense style and played the ball inside. Lots of baskets also came from inbound sets.”
Because Decatur had such a large lead, the clock ran the entire second half. After three quarters, the Berlin squad was ahead, 46-9.
“We were able to get everyone a lot of minutes. We ran our second unit a majority of the second half,” Kurtz said.
Freshman Sam Boger led Decatur with 16 points. She also had three rebounds and six assists. Junior Shelby Rosemond scored 12 points and had seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Freshman Allison Swift chipped in with 12 points and three rebounds.
“Any of our starting five can get you in double figures any night, which makes it challenging for other teams,” Kurtz said. “Our goal was 5-0 [going into the Christmas vacation]. Five games in we feel good about the way the girls are playing … and hopefully we’ll feel good after 20. I’m pleased with how the girls have jelled together. We just have to keep it going.”
Decatur will compete in the Governor’s Challenge, held Dec. 26-30.
The Seahawks will match up with Linganore High School on Dec. 27 at 6:45 p.m. at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In the other part of the bracket is Laurel (Delaware) and Colonel Richardson, who will play at 10 a.m. at UMES.
The winners of each game will battle at 3:15 p.m. at UMES on Tuesday, Dec. 28. The losing teams will play at 1:30 p.m.
“We’re just trying to stay in shape and keep the girls practicing hard and playing hard,” Kurtz said. “Four of the next five games [after the break] are against some of the top teams in the Bayside [Conference]. We want to make sure we don’t take any steps back. No letdowns.”