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We had a chance to talk to them at half­time and we did a lot bet­ter on the boards. That makes a dif­fer­ence, and we shot the ball bet­ter from the free-throw line. We’re a pretty good free-throw shoot­ing team, so that also helped.”

Soon af­ter a Kent Is­land time­out, the Sea­hawks took their fi­nal lead, 16-15, when Sarah En­gle scored from the left base­line. Kent Is­land then went on its 15-1 run stretch­ing into the third quar­ter to take con­trol.

Patch­ett scored off a feed from Mo­ran to put the Bucs up 17-16. Miles drained a 3-pointer off the glass from the top of the arc. Patch­ett was fouled dur­ing the pos­ses­sion and hit a free throw for a 21-16 lead with 2:14 left in the sec­ond quar­ter. Af­ter De­catur got a point on a free throw by Mum­ford, Miles and Patch­ett each net­ted one to make it 23-17. Bucs fresh­man Blair Goodrich started a fast break that led to two more suc­cess­ful free throws by Patch­ett for a 25-17 half­time lead.

Miles opened the sec­ond half by cir­cling be­hind the Sea­hawks’ de­fense, col­lect­ing a pass, and driv­ing the lane for bucket to make it 27-17. Af­ter a de­fen­sive re­bound by Patch­ett, Mo­ran added a long 3-pointer for a 30-17 lead.

“Tonight the big play­ers, Han­nah and Se’Ri, just came up huge,” said Plumer. “Once they get go­ing with their sup­port­ing cast, when we can get every­body sup­port­ing them, we have a lot of con­fi­dence in the team go­ing a long way.”

The Sea­hawks closed within six points, 30-24, on a base­line trey by Mum­ford, but that’s as close as they could get the rest of the game.

Mum­ford fin­ished with 17 points for De­catur. En­gle net- ted 14 and Sa­van­nah Schultz 11.

The top-seeded and de­fend­ing re­gional cham­pion Bucs have a first-round bye in the 2A East Re­gion Sec­tion II play­offs, and on Mon­day, Feb. 27 they will host the win­ner of an open­ing-round game be­tween fourth seed Wi­comico and fifth seed North Caro­line. De­catur, a top seed in the 3A East play­offs, will host the win­ner of fourth seed James M. Ben­nett and fifth seed Ham­mond.

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