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Griffin Era Begins with 40-26 Win Over Brookstone for Girls Hoops

MACON, Ga. – John Griffin picked up his first win as head coach of the Lady Vikings as FPD (1-0) rolled to a 40-26 victory over the Brookstone Lady Cougars at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center on Tuesday night, Dec. 2.

“I was really pleased with the effort,” Griffin said. “Defensively we are further along than I thought and I am proud of the girls for how hard they played on opening night.”

FPD was paced by the 17 points of sophomore Kate Patterson. Teammate Bailey Ruble also dropped in nine points in the win.

“The team ran the plays and thankfully I was able to get the open shots,” Patterson said. “We played really good defense and moved the ball when we had to.”

FPD’s defense held the Lady Cougars to single digits in the first three quarters of play, including a one-point second quarter.

After a slow start that saw the Lady Vikings trailing 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, FPD outscored the Lady Cougars 10-1 to take a 16-8 lead into the locker room at intermission.

“We had some good looks on offense tonight,” Griffin said. “We just have to keep finding those roles for our players on offense as the season progresses. It’s still early, so there are still plenty of things to work on.”

The Lady Vikings outscored the Lady Cougars 24-18 in the second half to claim the win. Brookstone was led in scoring by the 10 points of junior Naeisha McClain.

FPD will now turn its attention to the Lady Bulldogs of George Walton Academy on Friday, Dec. 5.

“We need to be more patient on offense,” Patterson said. “And we need to take better care of the ball.”

Griffin echoed those same sentiments.

“We will need to slow things down on offense a bit to keep getting better looks,” Griffin said. “We didn’t box out well tonight, but we haven’t had much time to work on that aspect of the game.”

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BOX SCORE:

FPD 40, BROOKSTONE 26

Brookstone 7-1-7-11–26
FPD 6-10-14-10–40

Brookstone: McClain 10, Yancey 6, Snavely 4, McCormick 4, Sloan 2.

FPD: Patterson 17, Ruble 9, Frame 5, Ingram 4, Purdy 2, Lako 2, Reed 1.

3-pointers: Brookstone 1 (Yancey 1); FPD 3 (Ruble 2, Patterson 1).

Records: FPD 1-0.

Next: FPD at George Walton, 6:30 p.m., Friday.