JV Lady Eagles fall

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 8, 2005

While the Fort Dale Eagles watched their unbeaten streak extend, their female counterparts, the Junior Varsity Lady Eagles were in the midst of a change of fortune. The Lady Eagles who have only tasted victory twice this season have at least 10 more chances to try to turn things around. But, Friday night, they weren't able to.

The game was very hectic with a lot of action, but not much scoring. The first quarter ended with the two teams deadlocked at two baskets each, 4-4.

But, after that, the Hooper Academy Colts turned up the heat and took control of the game. By the end of the first half, they had turned that 4-4 first period tie into a 16-7 halftime lead.

"You just can't get in a rhythm, we've had three cancellation and then you had Christmas break," said Johnny Mack Brown, coach of the Fort Dale Eagles. "We didn't play for three weeks and then we had players that didn't come to practice during Christmas Holidays. We expect to be playing better from here on out.

The potential for us is there, we just haven't been living up to it."

The second half had the Lady Eagles trailing once more.

Fort Dale was in the game, never falling behind by more than 12 points actually brought the game to within a seven point deficit with under 1:00 to go in the game.

But, for every bit of momentum the Lady Eagles would get going their way,

a mistake or a turnover would send it the other way.

By the time the final whistle blew, Fort Dale was on the low end of the scoreboard.

But, the Lady Eagles did have some bright spots. Tyler Manningham was the squads leading scorer with seven points. She was followed by Emily Boulware with four.

For the Lady Colts, Jessie Andrews and Amy Hughes combined for 15 of the team's 25 points.

Fort Dale will be in action this weekend against Cottage Hill in Mobile.