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Girls Basketball Knocks Off Twiggs 48-34 for First Region Win

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ga. – The FPD girls basketball team used a 24-point first half and sophomore Kate Patterson turned in a 17 point, 11 rebound double-double as the Lady Vikings (2-5) picked up their first GHSA Region 7-A win of 2014-15 in as many tries at the Twiggs County Gymnasium on Friday night 48-34.

The victory also snaps a five game losing skid for the Lady Vikings.

“This was a big win for us after facing adversity for the past few weeks,” FPD head coach John Griffin said. “It’s nice to start off region play with a win.”

Sophomore Bailey Ruble impressed all evening as well, tossing in nine points, corralling a game-high 16 rebounds and six steals.

“We played like a team really well tonight,” Ruble said. “We moved the ball when we had to and played as one unit. Coach Griffin jokes around that I never get a rebound, so I made it a point tonight to go rebound.”

Griffin echoed those same sentiments.

“Bailey and all of our girls were great in banding together and playing hard,” Griffin said. “We’ll definitely need more of that as the season progresses.”

The Lady Vikings led 24-15 at halftime and 32-24 at the end of the third quarter.

FPD outscored the Lady Cobras 16-10 in the final eight minutes of play to seal the win.

The Lady Vikings made two 3-pointers in the contest, both from Ruble, and finished at 10-of-19 from the free throw line as a team.

Point guard Sydney Reese racked up 12 points and four assists as well in the Lady Viking victory.

Twiggs County was led in scoring by the 12 points of Cheyenne Burrels.

“As long as we keep making the effort to get better we will be ok,” Griffin said. “We have some tough games coming ahead in George Walton and Stratford, so we’ll have to be sharp.”

It’s a simple answer for Ruble.

“If we keep working hard and practicing as a team, we’ll be fine.”

The Lady Vikings return to the court quickly, hosting George Walton Academy on Saturday, Jan. 3. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

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 following the Vikings on Twitter at @FPDVikingSports.

BOX SCORE:

FPD 48, TWIGGS COUNTY 34

FPD 12-12-8-16 — 48
Twiggs 7-8-9-10 — 34

FPD: Kate Patterson 17, Sydney Reese 12, Bailey Ruble 9, Sadie Frame 4, Ali Purdy 2, Maggie Renfroe 2, Emma Lako 2.

Twiggs: Cheyenne Burrels 12, Jones 9, Thomas 6, Gyone 3, Carswell 2, Bailey 1, Stpehens 1.

Game notes: Bailey Ruble and Kate Patterson combined for 26 of FPD’s 37 total rebounds…Ruble had 15 rebounds…Patterson had 15 rebounds for FPD … Sydney Reese had four assists and two steals … Ruble had six steals.

Records: FPD 2-5, 1-0 Reg. 7A; Twiggs 0-8, 0-1 Reg. 7A.

Next: George Walton at FPD, 4 p.m., Saturday; Mt. de Sales at Twiggs, 6 p.m., Tuesday.