BERLIN – Stephen Decatur started slow against Parkside on Tuesday evening and never really recovered losing to the Rams 52-25. The Seahawks spotted Parkside an 11-0 lead before Jamie Parker scored Decatur’s first two points with less than two minutes in the first quarter.
Trailing 15-5 to start the second quarter, Decatur used a zone trap press to force several Parkside turnovers and climb back into the game and pulled to within 22-15 with Parker’s two free throws to end the half.
“In our first half I thought our girls did a good job of moving the ball around and getting it inside” said SDHS coach Amy Fenzel-Mergott. “I was very proud of my point guard (Sarah Wootten) and guard play. I think they were making good decisions.
“Toward the end of the first half we started to come back and make our press work and then in the second half we were just making some bad decisions,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “We didn’t make our layups or foul shots and didn’t get rebounds that we should have. Those things really hurt us in the second half.”
In the third quarter Parkside pulled away with a 14-4 run to go ahead by 36-19. In the fourth Parkside kept its momentum and eased to the win. Parker scored nine points for Decatur (0-3) in the loss.
“We’re a young team but we’re going to improve,” Fenzel-Mergott said.