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Girls Hoops Drops Late at GMC Prep 61-55

MILLEDGEVILLE Ga. – The FPD varsity girls basketball team (1-1) led by as many as 14 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to erase a valiant second half effort by the GMC Prep Lady Bulldogs (1-3), falling 61-55 on Tuesday night, Dec. 1 at the Cordell Events Center.

FPD led 27-17 at halftime but GMC Prep outscored the Lady Vikings 45-28 in the second half.

“A lot of adversity set in late in the third quarter and fourth quarter,” FPD girls head coach John Griffin said. “We had five girls foul out and committed about 30 fouls. It was just a tale of two halves where we didn’t get into a rhythm offensively in the second half and it cost.”

FPD was led by the 26 points and 18 rebounds by Kate Patterson while Emma Lako added 15 points.

GMC was paced by the 22 points of Kaylie Harding while her sister, Karlie, dropped in 11.

The Lady Bulldogs also capitalized from the behind the arc, knocking down seven 3-pointers in the contest.

“I thought we allowed too many second shots and we were out-rebounded in the second half,” Griffin said.

Griffin also knows that the Lady Vikings have to improve in many areas as the young season is still underway.

“I like how we are playing hard and running the floor,” Griffin said. “But we have to get in an offense when we’re in transition.”

The Lady Vikings struggled from the free throw line, shooting 23 of 41 (56 percent).

“We had plenty of chances, but let our emotions get the best of us there in the second half,” Griffin said. “They knocked us out of the Region Tournament last year and we just couldn’t get it together late in the third and throughout the fourth quarter.”

FPD will hope to rebound after its recent loss on Friday night, Dec. 4, hosting the George Walton Academy Lady Bulldogs in the 2015-16 home opener.

Tip-off is set for 6:15 p.m. at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

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BOX SCORE:

GMC 61, FPD 55

FPD 13-14-15-13–55

GMC 8-9-21-23–61

FPD: Kate Patterson 26, Emma Lako 15, Sadie Frame 6, Sydney Reese 4, Molly Lee 4.

GMC: Kaylie Harding 22, Karlie Harding 11, Cade Bass 12, Megan Rackley 11, Cire Foston 5.

3-pointers: GMC 7 (Kay. Hardin 3, Kar. Harding 2, Bass 2).

Records: FPD 1-1, GMC 1-3.

Next: George Walton at FPD, 6:15 p.m., Friday.