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FPD Lady Vikings Slash Schley County Lady Wildcats 69-28

MACON, Ga. – FPD head girls basketball coach John Griffin wanted to see his players play more energetic and with more poise for the full duration of a ball game. Bottom line: he wanted them to execute better and play as a team.

Griffin got that and more on Friday night, as the Lady Vikings (5-3) won their second in a row, this time a 69-28 thrashing of the Schley County Lady Wildcats (2-8) at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center in non-region play.

The win gives FPD a 4-2 lead in the all-time series since joining the GHSA.

“I thought we came out tonight and set our pace of play and got into an offense early,” Griffin said. “We’ve been working on trying to get better at running our offensive sets in practice this week and tonight everything looked much better.”

It also helps when your two team leaders in Emma Lako and Kate Patterson contribute in a large way. Lako finished with a game-high 19 points and hit 5-of-8 free throws on the night. Patterson totaled 13 points and seven rebounds as well.

“When we get those two (players) going, it makes our whole team better,” Griffin said. “We played team basketball again tonight. Emma ran the floor great. Kate played like we know how Kate can play and everyone else contributed in a big way.”

FPD led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter but outscored Schley County 19-5 in the second quarter for a commanding 34-17 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Vikings totaled 37 points while holding the Lady Wildcats to just 11.

“We played great on defense tonight, I just can’t say that enough,” Griffin said, “We created turnovers and steals. It was truly a team effort tonight.

Griffin was right.

FPD finished with 17 steals and 13 assists as a team. The Lady Vikings only turned the ball over 13 times, close to seven turnovers lower than average.

FPD’s bench also chipped in nicely, outscoring Schley’s bench 23-1.

When the game was clearly out of reach for the Lady Wildcats, the Lady Vikings subbed in many players. A total of 11 players scored at least one point for the Lady Vikings in the win.

“I’m just proud of our girls and I hope they understand that when we play hard on defense, and execute and play as a team, that we can be really good.”

FPD is back in action after the Christmas Holiday, playing in the Bank of Gray Classic hosted by Jones County High School in Gray, Ga. on Monday, Dec. 28 – Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Times and opponents will be released before the Lady Vikings hit the court after Christmas. Check www.fpdvikings.com for updated scheduling information.

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 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fpdathletics.

BOX SCORE:

FPD 69, SCHLEY COUNTY 28

Schley County: Emily Campbell 10, Bethany Phillips 9, Mareisha Brooks 5, Chelsey Carter 3, Jesse Westburry 1.

FPD: Emma Lako 19, Kate Patterson 13, Ali Purdy 8, Sydney Reese 6, Molly Lee 6, Bailey Ruble 6, Karsten Herron 3, Rachel Jones 3, Sadie Frame 2, Siarra Reese 2.

3-pointers: Schley County 4 (Campbell 2, Brooks 1, Phillips 1); FPD 2 (Ruble 2).

Records: FPD 5-3, Schley County 2-8.

Next: Schley County at Stratford, 2 p.m., Saturday; FPD at Bank of Gray Classic, Dec. 28-30, TBD.

Game notes: FPD totaled 13 assists, 17 steals and 33 rebounds as a team…Ruble had five rebounds…Sydney Reese had four assists and four steals…Patterson had seven rebounds.