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Patriots look to stay hot on road

The girls of Pike Liberal Arts will be looking for a little bit of revenge today when they travel to Greenville to take on Fort Dale Academy.

The Patriots and Eagles played back on Dec. 8, with Ft. Dale taking home a 40-39 win.

PLAS lost after leading by two with 4.6 seconds remaining. FDA stole an inbounds pass and knocked down a shot as time expired to break the Patriots’ hearts.

With the rematch looming, head coach Steven Kilcrease said the Patriots have studied the film from that game thoroughly.

“We’ve watched a lot of film from that game,” Kilcrease said. “We actually spent all weekend watching film from that game, and we’ve been over it with the girls pretty extensively. After watching that last game, I think there are a lot of things that both coaches can look at and see a lot of points and opportunities that were left out there.”

While the Patriots are looking to their last match up with FDA for guidance, Kilcrease said the two teams are completely different.

“The thing about that game is that it was early in the season,” Kilcrease said. “I’ve had a chance to see Fort Dale a couple of times since then, and they do a lot of things differently now than they did then, and we do too, to be honest.”

The Patriots have begun to build some momentum coming into this game, as they are coming off a 57-50 win over Glenwood Friday night.

“We’ve just got to continue what we did Friday against Glenwood,” Kilcrease said.

“For us, it all starts in the post. We’ve been getting more scoring and better defense out of our post players, so I’d say there’s no doubt we’ve been playing better basketball since Christmas.”