Hot shooting Knights down Fort Dale

Published 10:08 am Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A barrage of 3-pointers from Tuscaloosa Academy’s outside shooters proved too much for Fort Dale Academy to overcome Saturday, as the Knights scored a 68-42 win over the Eagles in Greenville.

The Knights connected on nearly 61 percent of their attempts from the field, including 6-of-11 shots from beyond the arc.

Fort Dale hit just 15-of-41 attempts from the field and was 3-for-19 from behind the 3-point arc.

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Chip Taylor led the Eagles with 11 points.

Ryan Burkett and Taylor Thomas each had nine points, while John Coleman Poole chipped in six points in the loss.

The loss came on the heels of a 62-54 win over Escambia Academy on senior night Friday.

The Eagles (13-10) were able to hold off a late charge from the Cougars to earn the victory. Fort Dale led by 16 heading into the final period of play, but was outpaced 20-12 by Escambia.

Fort Dale was led by Taylor’s 32 points.

Thomas scored eight, and Poole and Burkett scored six and five points, respectively.

In girls’ action, Fort Dale Academy cruised to a 38-17 win over Tuscaloosa Academy Saturday.

The Lady Eagles (13-9) forced 33 turnovers and limited the Lady Knights to just 19 shot attempts to secure the win.

Ashton Scott led the way for Fort Dale with eight points.

AnJoy Castleberry added seven, Hannah Johnson scored six and Nedra Toulmin Crosby and Madison Ann Gaston each scored five points in the win.

The victory followed a 49-35 loss to Escambia Academy on Friday night.

In the loss the Lady Eagles hit just 25.5 percent of their shots.

Scott and Crosby led the offensive charge with eight points.

Castleberry, Marion Lightfoot and Samantha Smith each scored four points for Fort Dale.