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Girls Hoops Lands Win Over Putnam Coutny

MACON, Ga. – Four players scored in double-figures and the FPD girls basketball team (8-6) held on for a 52-48 non-region win over the Putnam County Lady Eagles on Saturday afternoon, January 18, at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

“We’ve got a great group of kids,” head coach Charley Chase said. “They refused to quit and believed all along we would get it done today.”

The Lady Vikings had their beliefs in question when the Lady Eagles snatched the lead away by the end of the third quarter, taking a 43-35 advantage into the fourth frame.

But the Lady Vikings came roaring back on a run of their own, ending the contest on a 17-13 spurt, highlighted by the play of freshman forward Kate Patterson, who finished the day with 12 points.

Patterson was part of an intriguing play towards the end of regulation, going down hard after being fouled, forcing her to come out of the game briefly.

Chase put fellow freshman Bailey Ruble into the match to attempt the free throws with the Lady Vikings in the bonus, and Ruble didn’t disappoint, nailing the two clutch tosses late to help send FPD to a victory.

“This should give us some points in the power rankings,” Chase said. “This is one of the biggest wins in my seven years of coaching and I am just really proud of these girls.”

Senior Savannah Phillips scored 13 points to lead the Lady Vikings, while senior forward Lizzie Lisenby chipped in with 12 points and sophomore guard Sydney Reese scored 10, respectively.

“When we get balanced offense, we’re a solid team,” Chase said. “We just have to keep this going.”

FPD, winners of two straight, will return to play on Tuesday night, Jan. 21, hosting the Hancock Central Lady Bulldogs in a region-7 game at 6 p.m. at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

FPD edged Hancock Central earlier this season, a 51-41 decision in Sparta on Jan. 3

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.