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Decatur's comeback falls short in loss to Cullman

Jan. 24—Decatur put together a furious second half rally Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough as the Red Raiders suffered an area loss to Cullman.

After trailing by 13 at halftime, Decatur cut the lead to two points in the fourth but was unable to get any closer as Cullman picked up the win 52-46.

Cullman led just 12-11 midway through the second quarter, but a 17-5 run to close the first half ended up being the difference in the game.

"We gave up three wide open 3-pointers at the top of the key and that allowed them to stretch that lead out," Decatur head coach Kori Walker said. "They have shooters all over the floor, and we left them open. They made us pay."

Cullman pushed its lead to 29-16 at halftime. Decatur grabbed the momentum in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 40-36 by the end of the quarter.

"That's a really good basketball team, and we came out in the second half and matched their intensity," Walker said. "We've got a lot of young guys on the floor, and they stepped up in the second half. We had it down to two points late in the fourth quarter, but they just made a play to win it."

Chandler Moore led Decatur with 11 points, while Tre Kirk and Wyatt Smith each had eight. Sam Durskin led Cullman with a game high 25.

The loss drops Decatur 1-2 in area play, but the Red Raiders still have a shot at hosting the area tournament as they will meet Cullman again on Jan. 29.

"This is a tough area we're in, but we're going to keep getting better and we'll see them again," Walker said.

Cullman girls 54, Decatur 48: Cullman jumped out to an early 13-2 lead and controlled the game the rest of the way as they picked up a win over Decatur on Tuesday.

The Bearcats led 31-14 ta halftime and 42-29 at the end of the third quarter.

Jenny Mitchell poured in a game high 27 points for the Red Raiders, while Kadence Hanback and Rachel Hoffman each had 14 to lead Cullman.

—caleb.suggs@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2395. Twitter @CalebSuggs2