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.