Decatur Girls Scalp Indians, 63-28

Decatur’s Payton VanKirk puts up a shot during the second half of the Seahawks’ game against Indian River at home on Monday. The Seahawks cruised past the visiting Indians, 63-28. Photo by Shawn Soper

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity basketball team got out to a big early lead and cruised past visiting Indian River, 63-28, in the first game of the 2014 Mason Dixon Tipoff Classic on Monday afternoon.

The Seahawks led 28-12 at the half in the rare holiday matinee on Monday and never looked back. At the start of the third quarter, back-to-back layups by Marina Jones extended the Seahawk lead to 36-12. After a technical foul on the Indian River bench, Dayona Godwin made a pair of free throws, then got the ball underneath after some nice Decatur passing and converted the lay-up to extend the lead to 40-12.

Indian River was forced to go to a perimeter game on offense against the bigger, faster Seahawks, who shut down the inside. An Indian River three-pointer with 4:32 remaining in the third cut the Seahawk lead to 40-15. After a lay-up by Jones, Indian River hit another three-pointer to cut the lead to 45-20. Indian River continued its scoring run and closed the Decatur lead to 47-25 at the end of the third. In the fourth, however, the Seahawks wore down the overmatched Indians and cruised to the 63-28 win.