(Jan. 4, 2019) Turnovers were the Achilles heel for the Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team during last week’s North Caroline Christmas Tournament at Chesapeake Collage in Wye Mills, Maryland.

The girls’ tournament consisted of eight schools separated into two four-team brackets.

The Lady Seahawks battled Huntingtown last Thursday and lost 49-33.

“We got pressed and, unfortunately, committed over 30 turnovers and we didn’t shoot well,” Decatur Coach Scott Kurtz said. “That’s been our common theme this season. When we have a lot of turnovers, we lose the game.”

Freshman Nadia Bullock led Decatur with 13 points and six rebounds. It was her first game playing with the Seahawks this season after injuring her foot during the summer, which required surgery.

Decatur bounced back the next day and earned a 43-32 victory over North Caroline, and the squad did it with two starters sidelined.

Junior Sarah Engle injured her ankle and junior Abby Yesko hurt her knee during the Huntingtown game. Both were unable to play in the North Caroline match.

Kurtz said sophomores Mary Mergott and Macy Dill stepped in and did well.

“Macy Dill had seven steals. Her defense was solid and Mary Mergott did a lot of little things to help the team,” he added.

The Berlin squad led 6-5 at the end of the first quarter and 19-13 at halftime. Decatur outscored North Caroline 13-8 in the third quarter.

“We shot a little better – we had more shooting opportunities – and didn’t turn the ball over as much,” Kurtz said. “We made better passes and handled the pressure better.”

Sophomore Jessica Janney “had a solid game” and was 6-for-9 from the field. She scored 16 points and had five rebounds.

Bullock chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds. Junior Summer Vorsteg added nine points and four rebounds.

“We enjoyed playing in the tournament. We got a chance to see some different teams and play on a bigger court,” Kurtz said.

The next week and a half will be crucial for Decatur, competing against some of the top teams in the Bayside Conference, Kurtz said.

“In a week and a half from now we’ll know where we fit in,” he said. “I feel like if we can stay healthy things will start clicking for these girls.”

Decatur will host the Wicomico Indians on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., then the Parkside Rams at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

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