BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity basketball team utilized a high-powered offense and atrocious shooting by visiting Washington on Tuesday to cruise to a 60-16 win over the Jaguars.
The Seahawks were already head 10-3 in the first quarter before a steady parade of free throws increased the lead. Monique Wise went up strong and was fouled and made the front end of a one-and-one to increase the lead to 11-4. On the next possession, Abbey Schorr knocked down a pair of foul shots to increase the lead to 13-4 with 45 seconds remaining in the first, and Payton Van Kirk added one more free throw just before the end of the first quarter to make it 14-4.
In the second quarter, Decatur’s Hannah FauntLeroy nailed a long jumper just a minute into the period to make it 16-4. Jillian Petito then scored on a lay-up to increase the lead to 18-4 and the contest was all but over. In a sequence symptomatic of Washington’s afternoon at Decatur, the Jaguars got five offensive rebounds on the same possession and failed on five attempts to put back shots and the scoring drought continued.
With 3:25 left in the second, Decatur’s Blair Yesko scored on a nice running jumper to increase the Seahawk lead to 20-5. Through a good stretch of the second quarter, it was the Petito-Wise show as the duo combined on a mini scoring run. Petito found Wise with a great pass in the paint and Wise converted the lay-up to make it 22-6. Petito then drove strong to the basket with 3:02 remaining to increase the lead to 24-6, then found Wise on a fast break and Wise converted the layup to extend the lead to 26-6. Casey Ortiz hit a long jumper as time expired to extend Decatur’s lead to 28-7 at the half.
In the third quarter, Decatur’s Dayona Godwin got into the act with a long jumper on the Seahawks’ first possession to extend the lead to 30-7. Godwin then found Schorr with a nice pass and Schorr converted to push the lead to 32-7. Schorr stole the ball on Washington’s next possession and streaked to the basket with a fast break layup to make it 34-7 with 4:26 remaining in the third. Godwin finished the big sequence for Decatur with a power move in the paint to push the lead to 36-7.
Washington broke a long scoring drought with a fast break layup with 3:20 remaining in the third to cut the lead to 36-9. For the Jaguars, the layup was the first score of any kind since a free throw early in the second quarter and the first made shot from the field since the early minutes of the game. Petito answered with a layup to extend the lead to 38-9 and Ortiz closed out the third quarter with a pair of free throws to make it 40-9.
Decatur continued to build the lead through the fourth quarter, scoring 20 more points largely from bench players. Washington added a few more baskets down the stretch and the game ended with a 60-16 win for the Seahawks. Schorr and Ortiz led Decatur with 14 points each, and Schorr completed another double-double by adding 13 rebounds, all in limited action after the score got out of hand. The win was the second in a row in the week for Decatur, which beat Crisfield, 48-33, last Thursday.