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The injury-riddled Decatur Lady Eagles (15-12, 2-4) struggled offensively early against the No. 4 Krum Lady Cats Friday and could never recover.
Krum eventually pulled away for a 55-29 victory.
Decatur’s defense held the game scoreless for the first three minutes, but Krum scored the first 12 points and took a 14-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Eagles defense was the highlight for Decatur in the first half but gave up too many offensive rebounds.
“When we didn’t turn the ball over and we rebounded, I thought our defense played well,” Decatur coach Billy Garner said. “You can’t give them four or five shots [a possession]. They don’t need any help.”
It was the first full game without either Jasmyne Tate or Murphy Graham and Garner knows his team will have to make a big adjustment quickly with the season winding down.
“It’s still tough,” Garner said about the situation. “You can’t replace in one or two games what those girls have worked all year to become.
“Some of our younger girls are going to have to step up.”
Krum built a 28-13 lead at the half and totally shut down the Decatur offense in the third, holding the Lady Eagles to two points in the frame.
With a commanding lead, Krum backed out of their pressure in the fourth, and Decatur took advantage, hitting numerous perimeter shots down the stretch.
“I got excited,” Garner said about the late offensive output. “They [Krum] got in a zone, and we hit some perimeter shots. That was something positive.”
Decatur was led by Makayla Mayfield with nine and Shelby Drews with seven. Haley Dennard finished with six, and Katie Isham added four.
The Lady Eagles will enjoy an open date Friday before ending the regular season on the road Tuesday at Sanger.