Eagles overcome by poor shooting

Published 2:22 pm Monday, December 23, 2013

Fort Dale Academy was unable to overcome a poor shooting performance, connected on just 27.5 percent of its attempts, in a 45-39 loss to No. 3 Lee-Scott Academy Friday night in Greenville.

The loss is the Eagles fifth in their last six games. They are now 4-5 on the season.

Against the Warriors, the Eagles connected on just 14-of-51 attempts from the field, and were 3-for-19 from beyond the arc.

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Things weren’t much better from the free-throw line where Fort Dale converted just 8-of-15 attempts.

Despite their shooting woes, the Eagles led at the break.

Lee-Scott staked claim to a 13-10 lead after the first eight minutes of play, but Fort Dale managed to outpace the Warriors 13-9 in the second stanza to take a 23-22 lead into the intermission.

But Fort Dale’s poor shooting continued in the second half, and the Eagles managed just even points in the third period and nine points in the final eight minutes of play. Meanwhile, Lee-Scott, who outrebounded the Eagles 40-26, managed 23 second-half points to secure the win.

Fort Dale’s offensive charge was led by Chip Taylor.

Taylor finished with 20 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Taylor Thomas scored six points and Michael Padalino added five points in the loss.

Hudson Branum had four blocks for the Eagles.