Fort Dale varsity Eagles win 3 of 4 at Nest#039;

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 22, 2000

The FDA Eagle varsity teams recently took three of four from Morgan Academy and Lowndes Academy.

The varsity teams found themselves producing opposite results on Jan. 18 against Morgan Academy.

The girls advanced to 14-3 on the season with a 66-34 win while the boys lost by 12 points at "the Nest".

In the girls' game, the Eagles ran the court from the opening tip-off.

Senior guard Melissa Gilbert had 20 points with eight steals in the contest.

She hit three three-pointers en route to a 5 for 14 shooting mark from the field.

Senior forward Abbie Gardner scored eight points. FDA junior Meredith Moseley also dropped in eight in the win.

Eagles varsity coach Reggie Mantooth said the team was in control the entire game.

"Although we didn't shoot the ball well, we took over the game from the start," Mantooth said.

The coach said the defensive effort made a big difference in the game. As a team, the Eagles recorded 19 steals.

In the next game, the boys were upended by Morgan

59-47.

After the Eagles led 11-9, Morgan took over the lead in the second quarter and went to the half with a 22-20 edge.

However, the Eagles took the lead again in the third behind the shooting of senior Marshall Watts.

He scored a team-high 15 points.

"We were up by five early in the third quarter but let it get away," Mantooth said.

"We were not very patient on offense, and we struggled to score."

Adam Crenshaw dropped in seven points in the losing effort.

The Eagles shot just 12 of 45 in the game.

"Hopefully, we'll get another shot at Morgan at the area tournament," Mantooth said.

On last Friday, both teams defeated Lowndes Academy.

In the boys' game, the Eagles flew past the Rebels 78-47.

Watts had another double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

With the game close at first, the Eagles then found themselves ahead for good in the second quarter. In the second and third, the Eagles outscored LA 49-24.

Stephen Sorrells also scored 14 in the win.

Sorrells hit five of eight shots from the field.

The girls had a closer game beforehand.

In the first quarter, FDA jumped out for a 17-9 lead.

By the half, it was extended to 10.

The Rebels traded baskets with the Eagles in the third but could not cut the lead into single digits.

FDA's Gardner led all scorers with 17 points. Gardner's 10 rebounds helped the senior to record a double-double.

Gilbert scored 16 points and had five assists in the game.

"Both the girls and boys played a good game against Lowndes Academy," Mantooth said.

The Eagles will play Sparta at home this Friday.

Tip-off is at 5 p.m.