Academy girls no match for SWFCA

Roger LaLonde/StaffMarco Academy's Katherine Felipe grabs a rebound in the team's loss to Southwest Florida Christian Academy at home on Tuesday.

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Roger LaLonde/StaffMarco Academy's Katherine Felipe grabs a rebound in the team's loss to Southwest Florida Christian Academy at home on Tuesday.

The Marco Island Academy girls basketball team fell to Southwest Florida Christian Academy at home on Tuesday.

The shorthanded Lady Manta Rays had no chance against a more experienced team.

The visitors mauled the Rays early, taking a huge 28-2 lead in the first half. The Academy battled back, actually staying close in one stretch where they outscored SWFCA 16-12. However the experience and depth took its toll, with SWFCA winning 60-22.

The night before the Lady Manta Rays won over Community Christian of Port Charlotte, 36-34. They are 3-11 on the season.

Against SWFCA Victoria Vale led the team, scoring 12 points and spurring a short-lived rally in the third quarter. The taller SWFCA team controlled the boards and recorded several blocked shots.

"They played a good basketball team, that was experienced and played physical," Athletic Director Roger Raymond said of the Lady Manta Rays. He coached the girls in Amber Prange's absence.

"The girls didn't give up and are playing better," he said.

In Monday's victory it was again Vale leading offensively with 23 points. Coach Prange credited Vale, Diamonique Woods and Mallory Denisen for having solid games.

The Lady Manta Rays next host Immokalee at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

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