(Feb. 1, 2019) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team got into a groove after the first quarter of Tuesday’s game against Snow Hill in Berlin and never looked back, winning 55-14 over the Eagles.

“The first half was sort of just complacent. [We were] settling for a lot of tough shots and not getting any rebounds. About the second quarter we finally hit our stride,” Decatur Coach Scott Kurtz said. “We were finally able to get some easy baskets once we got [Snow Hill] moving. Their back line is a tall group of girls, so we had to try to move them away from the basket in any way we could, which was tough early.”

The Lady Seahawks led 8-6 at the end of the first quarter. Decatur outscored Snow Hill 16-3 in the second quarter to go into the halftime break ahead 24-9.

“We hit our stride at the end of the second quarter and then we wanted to just turn it into a running second half, where we were trying to get up and down the floor as fast as we could,” Kurtz said.

The Berlin squad scored 12 points in the third quarter and held Snow Hill to two. Decatur tacked on 19 points in the final quarter.

“We were struggling to be as effective with our press as we have been,” Kurtz said. “It was just real cluttered and messy, so we had to readjust that a little bit and we used a different type of press in the third quarter and that really created a lot of chaos in a good way for us, and we were able to shut it down by the fourth and just go with our basic defense sets.”

Freshman Nadia Bullock scored 12 points and had five steals. Senior captain Sophia Gordy chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds. Junior Caela Berrie added eight points and five assists.

“It was one of those games you want to make sure you put your best effort out there, because we’ve got a tough road coming ahead of us,” Kurtz said. “We need to be improving in every facet of our game. We had to try to work on a little bit of everything today.”

Decatur will play its next five games on the road. The Seahawks will travel to Oak Hill, Virginia to take on the Arcadia Firebirds on Monday at 5:30 p.m. The next day, Decatur will take a trip to Mardela Springs to face the Mardela Warriors at 5:30 p.m. The third game of the week on the road is slated for Thursday against the Saint Michaels Saints at 4 p.m.

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