Fort Dale #8220uglied out#8221; a win over Rebels

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 7, 2006

If Fort Dale coach Reggie Mantooth was looking to improve style points following an ugly win for his girls over Lowndes Academy on Tuesday, he was mistaken.

After stuggling to a 23-19 lead going into the final period, Eagle sophomore forward Casey Weston scored 11 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth period to give the boys basketball team back-to-back wins for the first time all season with a 41-29 decision.

&#8220We kinda uglied out a win tonight,” Mantooth said with a smile. &#8220It wasn't pretty for the boys, because they didn't shoot well at all. But I'll take that ugly win.”

Trailing 16-15 at the half, Fort Dale (5-7) regained the lead early in the third period on two Weston free throws and a key 3-pointer with 6:36 left to spark the Eagles to a 23-19 lead going into the final stanza.

That was when Weston took over.

&#8220We played some pretty good defense there in the second half,” Weston said. &#8220I was pressing there in the beginning of the game with my dad hollering at me that we needed to get ahead.”

Davis Watts chipped in eight points for the Eagles.

Lowndes Academy was led by Drew Harrell, who had eight. Robin Hagood added six.

While winning against a nearby rival was big for Fort Dale, Weston said winning back-to-back games seemed to be more important.

&#8220This win gives us more confidence that we can go out and play with anyone,” he said. &#8220And we need to keep improving with key area games coming up.”