Free throws lift FDA to win over Escambia
There are games where everything a player throws toward the rim goes in.
And then there are games like Fort Dale Academy’s Anne Matthews had on Friday night.
Matthews, who averages a team-best 12.2 points per game, just couldn’t find the mark, connecting on only 1-of-15 attempts. But that didn’t stop Matthews from scoring 15 points and leading the Lady Eagles to a 40-37 win over Escambia Academy.
Matthews did her damage from the free-throw line where she scored 13 of her 15 points, including three free throws in the final 32 seconds of play to secure the win for Fort Dale.
She got help from Theresa Scott and Katie Cox who combined to snag 29 of the team’s 42 rebounds. Scott pulled down 17, while Cox tallied 12 rebounds.
“I thought Theresa and Katie did a good job of rebounding the ball and getting some second chance points” FDA head coach Reggie Mantooth said. “We had a size advantage and wanted to control the rebounding.”
Scott also scored 11 points on the strength of a 5-for-10 performance from the field to notch a double-double. Cox scored six points on a 3-for-4 effort from the field.
Caroline Snellgrove scored seven points in the win.
On Saturday, the Lady Eagles were unable to overcome a sluggish offensive performance.
Fort Dale connected on just 6-of-31 attempts and turned the ball over 22 times in a 47-28 loss to Tuscaloosa Academy.
Matthews once again paced the Lady Eagles’ attack with 15 points. Eleven of those points came from the free-throw line. Mary Sanford Perdue added five points and four steals, while Scott yanked down 10 of the Lady Eagles 18 rebounds.
The Lady Eagles (14-8) will be back in action Friday when they take on the winner of the Kingwood Christian School/Monroe Academy matchup at the Class AAA, Region 2 tournament. The game will begin at 3 p.m. at Morgan Academy in Selma.