The Decatur Lady Eagles kept their playoff hopes alive Tuesday with a decisive 38-20 win over the Bridgeport Sissies.
Decatur (16-12, 3-4) now needs a win at Sanger to make it to the postseason.
“Win and we are in,” Decatur coach Billy Garner said. “We had to win two, but you can’t win two unless you win the first one. We won the first one tonight, and we will concentrate on Sanger for the rest of the week.”
Needing a victory, Decatur got the exact start they needed. Their defense was relentless early as the Lady Eagles offense slowly built a lead.
Decatur led 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. Bridgeport (14-16, 0-6) was only able to muster five more points in the second. Led by Shelby Drews’ seven-point quarter, the Lady Eagles took a 26-8 lead at the half.
“Turnovers, foul trouble and a bad offensive night killed any chance we had of finding a win tonight,” Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor said. “We have been playing good basketball, but tonight we took a step backwards.”
Bridgeport stayed with Decatur bucket-for-bucket out of the locker room, but could they not sustain any type of run. Each team only put up 12 points in the second half.
Garner was happy to see his defense rise to the occasion.
“We did a much better job playing defense, blocking out and rebounding tonight,” Garner said. “That set the tone for the rest of night. We are still having trouble scoring with the ball, but if you play defense like that every night, you should be in every game.”
Drews led Decatur with 14, and Katie Isham had eight. Makayla Mayfield and Traci Hale each finished with six.
Bailey Thompson, Lauren Stowers and Cheyenne Davidson all scored five to lead Bridgeport.
The Lady Eagles will travel to Sanger Tuesday, while the Sissies will be at Gainesville.