FMS Lady Eagles Sore to Middle School Championship!
March 1, 2022
The story of the 2021-22 Fisher Middle School Girls Basketball team is one of resiliency, determination, fortitude and ultimately…triumph.
Last year, the middle school sports season was lost to the pandemic.
This year, although thrilled to be back on the court and competing, the Lady Eagles season started with some trials and tribulations.
After losing last season, many of the girls were not familiar with each other. Some had never been a part of a competitive basketball team but knew they wanted to play and improve their skills. After a few weeks of practicing together, getting to know one another both on and off the court, the girls suffered a tough loss in their first game against Grover, dropping a 43 to 25 contest.
The Lady Eagles refused to let that determine the fate of their season. After defeating Kreps and Lawrence in the following two games, they had to endure two more tough losses, a game where little went right against Pond Road, losing 64 to 25, and then dropping a tight game against Princeton Middle School.
This turned out to be the pivotal moment in Lady Eagle’s season, and they went on to win their next six games in a row. They entered the Mercer County Tournament with the number four (4) seed, giving them a bye in the first round.
In the quarterfinals, the Lady Eagles took on Pond Road once again in a nail-biter of a game. The girls battled until the final buzzer and gained revenge on the Knights with a thrilling 30-28 victory.
Moving into the semifinals, Fisher met a familiar foe in Princeton Middle School. It was a tight game throughout, but the Lady Eagles demonstrated poise and composure and knocked off Princeton 43 to 37 to move into the county championship.
The title game would bring an unfamiliar foe, a new rival from the prep school ranks, as Fisher would be matched up with the Hun School in the championship tilt. The Lady Eagles came out in a strong full-court press, causing chaos for Hun and building a strong lead in the first half of the game. The Red Raiders came out with a vengeance in the third quarter, going on a 10 point run to reduce the lead to three points. The Lady Eagles amped each other up, kept their focus and their drive, and pulled away to a victory, winning the title game 43 to 34.
The girls finished their season with a 12 and 5 record and middle school champions of Mercer County.
“Fisher Middle School is proud of its Lady Eagles for this impressive accomplishment,” Assistant Principal Hugh Dwyer stated. “They showed incredible perseverance and resilience throughout a tough season. Most importantly, they showed the heart of a champion.”