Eagles advance to AAA title rematch with Faith

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2005

It's a rematch that the Fort Dale girls basketball team has wanted since February.

And the Lady Eagles finally get that rematch this afternoon in the championship game of the Fort Dale Thanksgiving Classic.

Fort Dale's Frances Watts poured in a game-high 20 points to lead the Lady Eagles to a 60-43 victory over Pike Liberal Arts to set up the Class AAA Alabama Independent School Association title rematch with Faith Academy at 4 p.m. today.

Faith Academy advanced to the championship game with a 58-34 win over Monroe Academy.

&#8220We are very excited about the fact we get to play Faith again,” said Fort Dale senior Maryanne Hancock, who added eight points in the win over Pike. &#8220After the way we played against Faith in that championship game, we were ready the very next day to play them again.”

Faith beat Fort Dale by almost 40 points to win the AAA title at Huntingdon College.

The win also was important for the Lady Eagles, who fell earlier in the week to Mobile Christian, to get back some momentum.

&#8220We are just trying to get better each game we play no matter who we play,” Fort Dale coach Reggie Mantooth said. &#8220We aren't as good as we are gonna be though.”

The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 22-9 lead after the first quarter and continued to pour it on in the second to take a 34-18 lead at intermission.

&#8220We jumped on them early and then got to play everyone which is good,” Mantooth said. &#8220That will help is down the road by getting all of our players some good playing time.”

Fort Dale continued to build on its lead in the third period by heading into the final eight minutes of the game with a comfortable 48-29 lead.

Eden Harris led Pike Liberal Arts, which will play Monroe Academy in the consolation game at 1 p.m. today, with 14 points. Sarah Sellers chipped in 12.