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Girls Basketball Drops State Playoff Opener at Calvary

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The FPD girls basketball team (16-9) dropped its first round state playoff game in double overtime on Monday night, February 24, falling 64-60 to the Calvary Day School Lady Cavaliers.

“Our girls fought hard and played well enough to win,” head coach Charley Chase said. “They did everything our coaching staff asked them to do.”

FPD came out hot in the first half, outscoring Calvary 14-8 in the first quarter and taking a 32-20 lead into halftime.

“We executed our offense very well tonight,” Chase said. “The starting five came out with great energy and our players off the bench came in with that same desire to play hard.”

But the Lady Cavaliers punched back in the third quarter, out-dueling FPD 21-12 to pull within three at 44-41.

Both squads struggled in the fourth quarter offensively, but Calvary outscored FPD 9-6 to send the contest to overtime.

“We couldn’t have asked for the girls to play any harder than they did,” Chase said. “To send the third-best team in the state to double overtime is quite an accomplishment.”

The Lady Vikings did just that, sending the contest into two periods of extra time, but it wasn’t enough as Calvary held on for the four-point win in the end.

“I just can’t say enough about these girls,” Chase said. “I told them before the game that they had already won. Nobody expected us to be where we were at tonight at the end of the season.”

Savannah Phillips led the Lady Vikings in scoring, pouring in 28 points. Kate Patterson and Bailey Ruble each scored 12 points, respectively.

The loss brings an end to the season for the girls basketball team.

The season was a memorable one, as the Lady Vikings finished runner-up in the Region-7 Tournament and finished no. 14 in the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings, earning a berth in the state playoffs for the second time in school history.

Phillips eclipsed the one-thousand point mark for her career this season as well, becoming the first Lady Viking to do so in over 10 years.

“We will miss our seniors,” Chase said. “All of our girls represented our school well tonight.”

FPD will graduate Phillips, Lizzie Lisenby and Caroline Stroud at the end of the school year.

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2014 for their hard work and dedication over the years.

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.

BOX SCORE:

CALVARY DAY 64, FPD 60 (2 OT)

 

FPD 14-18-12-6-5-5 – 60

Calvary 8-12-21-9-5-9 – 64

FPD: Savannah Phillips 28, Kate Patterson 12, Bailey Ruble 12, Lizzie Lisenby 4, Caroline Stroud 2, Sydney Reese 2.

Calvary: Dawana Maqwood 18, Abigail Lewis 14, Brittany Griffon 11, Quira Porter 9, Jessica Lanier 7, Ashley Keller 3, Katie Thomas 2

3-pointers: FPD 2 (Phillips 1, Ruble 1); Calvary 2 (Keller 1, Lanier 1)

Records: FPD 16-9.

Game notes: Game went into double overtime…Season over for FPD.