Wildcats end Eagles#039; reign as champs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 17, 2005

Fort Dale's quest for a third ring was halted on Saturday afternoon by a group of 23-2 Edgewood Wildcat, 56-35.

In the team's second meeting of the season, the Eagles were able to keep pace with their opponents from Elmore, however, they were never able to capture the lead.

The Wildcats jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead but with one shot from Carson Moseley, the Eagles were back in it, down by one, 4-3.

Edgewood tacked on another pair of baskets, 8-3, before the Eagles could answer to make it 8-5.

The Eagles gave the ball back to the Wildcats when they were called for a backcourt violation following a bad pass, that turnover led the Wildcats to two more baskets and a 12-5 lead with 1:08 left in the first period.

"It was a tough game for us," said Reggie Mantooth, coach of the Fort Dale Eagles. "I thought we controlled the tempo like we wanted to in the first half, we just couldn't make any shots. In the second half they came out and expanded their zone a little and it just kind of went downhill from there with us trying to play catch-up. I think we had a good game plan and we were executing we just couldn't make shots and got a little frustrated and couldn't make shots.

The Wildcats slowed things down and work the ball around, tacking on a final three pointer as the period ends with Edgewood leading 15-5.

Brady Newton comes into the game during the second period and drains a three to cut the lead to seven, 15-8 but the Wildcats tack on a basket pushing them further ahead, 17-8.

Mason Bass drives the lane and comes down with a basket making the score 17-10, and then the Eagles tacked on a free throw, further cutting into the Wildcat lead, 17-11.

The six-point gap quickly eroded away as the Wildcats posted baskets on successive trips down the floor bringing the score to 23-11. With 2:33 left in the half, Mantooth had seen enough and called a timeout to talk to his players.

At the half, the Eagles trailed 26-15. The Wildcats open the second half with a 12-point run that effectively put the lead out of reach for the Eagles.

At the end of the third frame of action, Fort Dale was still on the low-side of the scoreboard, 38-20.

The Edgewood fans came to life during the fourth period. With chants of "this one's over," "warm up the bus" (with keys jingling for effect), and "better luck next year."

As the game played on in the fourth period, each teams traded baskets and the Eagles tried to cut the 18-point lead, instead they were forced to watch as it expanded into a 20 point lead. The Fort Dale fan's, who had been very active all year finally responded to the chants from Edgewood with "we've got two rings."

Fort Dale was led by Moseley with 11 points, Chuck Barrett with 10 points and eight rebounds and Bass with seven points.