(Jan. 25 2019) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team trailed the Crisfield Crabbers for most of the game Tuesday night, but the Lady Seahawks didn’t give up, battling back to win 45-42 in overtime.

“It was a slow start, but then they got fired up,” Decatur Coach Scott Kurtz said. “They had the energy and the will to get it done. They had that fighter instinct and mentality.”

The score was tied 5-5 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, Crisfield led 22-12.

Kurtz said the team defense “wasn’t really working as well” in the first half as it did the first time the two squads went head-to-head. Because of that, the group discussed some adjustments during the halftime break. The girls also struggled to score and needed to move the ball around more, he said.

The Seahawks began to chip away at the Crabbers’ advantage in the third quarter. At the end of the third, Crisfield was on top 31-24.

The momentum shifted in Decatur’s favor even more in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks went on a run, forcing turnovers and capitalizing on the offensive end.

“We hit our stride quick. We would get the ball, then [make] one or two passes and hit a shot,” Kurtz said.

Decatur’s press was also more effective in the second half, Kurtz said.

“We forced them to make passes and we were taking away options,” he said. “We amped up our defense and fed off that. The girls worked hard in the second half to keep the pressure on them.”

Decatur pulled ahead 40-39 with about 30 seconds on the clock, but Crisfield tied it up with a free throw to go into overtime.

“It was a lot of back and forth [early in the overtime period] with not a lot happening. Then, Jessica Janney took over,” Kurtz said.

Janey, a sophomore, put Decatur up by three in overtime. Crisfield then scored, but Janney netted another shot to give the Berlin team a 45-42 advantage.

With the lead, Decatur tried to slow the game and run down the clock.

“We passed the ball around to kill the last 30 seconds,” Kurtz said. “The girls showed resilience and fight in the second half. They showed their ability to put it together.”

Janney led Decatur with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Senior captain Grace Beres had 10 points, seven rebounds and five steals.

Junior Sarah Engle and freshman Nadia Bullock scored eight points apiece.

“The girls are in it and committed to each other,” Kurtz said. “I love their fighter mentality.”

Decatur will host the Snow Hill Eagles on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Berlin. When the two teams went head-to-head on Dec. 20, Decatur won 53-5.

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