Decatur High girls basketball coach Brad Boy and the coaching staff challenged their players to play with desire.
Decatur showed its desire by overcoming second-quarter deficit and withstanding a late Hazel Green rally to prevail 49-44 on Friday.
In the boys game, Decatur fell to Hazel Green 66-58.
Taneisha Johnson and Constance Steele dominated on the boards and scored numerous baskets around the hoop for the Raiders (7-21). Johnson finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Six of her rebounds came off the offensive glass. Steele added seven points and a game-high 15 boards.
"We played with desire," Boy said. "We could have folded it in. The girls aren't ready to quit."
Tyra Caudle led Hazel Green (3-20) with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Decatur trailed 21-12 midway through the second quarter. The Raiders outscored Hazel Green 30-8 from that point until the 6:17 mark of the fourth quarter.
Hazel Green boys 66, Decatur 58: Kaleb Smith poured in 21 points for Decatur (11-14).
Matthew Papich finished with 14 points, NaVante Williams added 11, and Chandler Boy had 10 for the Red Raiders.
Austin Dempsey led Hazel Green (21-7) with 25 points.
"We gave them everything we had," Decatur coach Jamie Lee said. "We couldn't make any shots around the rim (in the second half)."
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