Austin girls prevail in first round

Austin’s girls prevailed on the first night of a new-look River City Rivalry on Thursday, defeating Decatur 45-27 in front of a limited crowd at Decatur High.

Due to Covid-19 precautions, capacity has been limited to 25 percent for the games this year. The boys will play tonight at Decatur following the junior varsity girls game that is scheduled to tip at 5:30 p.m.

After a slow start that saw the Black Bears build a 7-3 lead after one quarter, Austin outscored Decatur 19-4 in the second to take a 26-7 lead into halftime.

Austin held control of the game in the second half to pick up the win.

Tashanti Watkins scored a game-high 16 points for the Black Bears, while Hannah Cohn added 10 points.

Indyia Swoopes led Decatur with nine points. Jayden Stover scored seven and Dailee Chatman, Whitley Chapman, and Meyah Miller added four points each.

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