(Jan. 3, 2020) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team competed in the Shore Sports Magazine Holiday Tournament presented by Preston Ford, Dec. 26-27 at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland.

Eight girls’ teams participated. The Seahawks battled the Delmarva Christian Royals on Thursday, Dec. 26 and came out on top, 64-60.

“We jumped out quick. We hit our groove early,” Decatur Coach Scott Kurtz said. “They sat back and let us run our sets offensively. We got rebounds and putbacks as well.”

Decatur led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the Berlin squad was ahead 33-22.

“We had a strong second quarter. That gave us a nice cushion,” Kurtz said.

Delmarva Christian chipped away at Decatur’s advantage in the third quarter. After three, the Lady Seahawks led 45-42.

“We went down by three, 47-50, then from that point it was back and forth,” Kurtz said. “We got lucky at the end. We made a few points and they missed a few.”

Decatur outscored Delmarva Christian 19-18 in the final quarter.

“Every time we got something going, they jumped back. We needed every point we got,” Kurtz said. “They were running a full-court press and it didn’t give us much time to run our offense.”

Freshman Mayah Garner led Decatur with 21 points. Junior Jessica Janney and sophomore Nadia Bullock chipped in with 14 points apiece.

“Both teams were really evenly matched. It was a good first-round matchup,” Kurtz said.

Decatur played the Easton Warriors the next day and lost, 56-36.

“You could tell Easton watching us play helped them come up with a game plan,” Kurtz said. “They came out right away in a full-court press and that hurt us. They kept us uncomfortable. We’re used to teams sitting back in a zone and we can run our offense.”

Easton led 24-10 at halftime. Kurtz said the Seahawks came out hot in the third quarter. Senior captain Sarah Engle hit a shot and free throw and Bullock nailed a three and just like that, Decatur had cut Easton’s advantage to eight points.

“The game plan they put together to slow us down was better than our game plan to score,” Kurtz said.

Decatur returns to regular-season competition on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The Seahawks will travel to Salisbury to face the Wicomico Indians at 5:30 p.m.

“We have a couple big weeks coming up,” Kurtz said.

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