Senators stunned in double OT on senior night
Fort Dale stormed back from a late ten-point deficit in regulation to put a damper on senior night at Morgan Academy, shocking the Senators 75-73 in double overtime.
Morgan Academy seemed to have the game in hand after Trey Powe hit a three-pointer with 1:58 left in regulation to give the Senators a 58-48 lead, but Fort Dale refused to go away. The Eagles scored 15 points in the final two minutes of regulation, including a three-pointer by Ryan Burkett as time expired to send the game into overtime.
“Fort Dale did a tremendous job getting the ball down [the court],” Morgan head coach Bob Taylor said of the Eagles’ game tying shot. “They made a great play at the end of the game to get the play off and the kid hit a big shot. They forced some turnovers against us in the fourth quarter and we sort of lost what we were doing.”
From there, Fort Dale controlled the action in overtime. The Senators were able to overcome a five-point deficit to send the game to double overtime, but Fort Dale jumped out to a four-point lead in double overtime and then held on.
Morgan had a chance with a win to tie Fort Dale for first place in the area, but the loss elminiates the Senators from winning the regular season area title.
“That was a great comeback,” Fort Dale head coach Reggie Mantooth said. “We struggled most of the game. We had our leading scorer in foul trouble a lot of the game and Morgan really played well and shot the ball well, so it was a great comeback for us.”
Mantooth said it was huge for the Eagles to jump into the lead in both overtime periods. Fort Dale did not trail in either overtime.
“It makes a big difference,” Mantooth said about taking a quick lead in overtime. “It kind of puts the pressure on the other team right away so that was a big difference in both of them.”
The Eagles led in overtime 69-64 and seemed prepared to ride the momentum of Barkett’s buzzer beating three to a easy win in the extra session, but that wasn’t the case. Dalton Lee hit a three-pointer with 1:49 left to pull the Senators within 69-67 and then after getting a stop, Connor Henderson made a layup to tie the game 69-69 and send it to double overtime.
The Eagles jumped out to a 72-69 lead, but Lee answered with a layup to cut the Fort Dale lead to one with 41.3 seconds left.
Down 73-71 with 28.5 seconds left in overtime, Lee was unable to make two free throws to tie the game.
Fort Dale’s Chip Taylor made one out of two attempts, leaving the door open for the Senators, but Henderson’s three-point attempt failed to go in and the Eagles got the rebound and made another free throw to put the game away.
“We had opportunities to tie it in both of them and to take the lead in the first one and we didn’t capitalize on the opportunities that we had,” Taylor said. “That’s just part of basketball. It was a good basketball game by both teams. They both played hard and we just didn’t capitalize when the opportunities presented themselves.”
The Senators led most of the game. Morgan took an early 17-9 lead in the second quarter, led 23-15 at halftime, and had a 40-34 advantage through three quarters.
The fourth quarter seemed like an afterthought after Morgan took a 12-point lead on a Lee layup, but missed free throws and turnovers down the stretch proved to be costly for the Senators.
Fort Dale’s Taylor made a layup with 19.0 seconds left to cut the score to 62-58. The Senators turned it over on their next possession and the Eagles’ Taylor Thomas scored a quick bucket on a layup. Henderson was fouled with 7.5 seconds left and made one of two free throws. After the miss, Fort Dale ran the perfect play — a rebound and two quick passes, setting up Burkett in the corner for a game tying three as regulation ended.
Lee led the Hornets with 25 points in the game.
Fort Dale 56, Morgan 15 (Girls)
Morgan Academy’s Lady Senators had five seniors play their final home games Tuesday night in a 56-15 loss to Fort Dale.
Unfortunately for Morgan Academy, the game ended like all others this season: in defeat.
Morgan trailed 31-13 at halftime and could not inch its way back into the game.
“They played hard all season,” Morgan Academy head coach Jennifer Moore said. “They haven’t come out on the winning end but they have grown and they have grown together.”
Katherine Averitt led the Senators with eight points and Haylee Grace Bone added five points.