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Lady Vikings Drop to Lamar County in Day One of Jones County Christmas Tournament 51-43

GRAY, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls basketball team (5-4) fell to the Lamar County High School Lady Trojans (6-3) 51-43 at the Greyhound Gymnasium on the first day of the State Bank Holiday Classic hosted by Jones County High School on Monday afternoon, Dec. 28.

The loss puts FPD in the loser’s bracket for the remainder of the tournament. The Lady Vikings will now take on Monroe Area on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. in day two of the tournament.

The defeat also snaps a two-game winning streak for the Lady Vikings while the Lady Trojans claimed their sixth consecutive win.

“It was a tale of two halves, really,” FPD head coach John Griffin said. “We played hard, I can’t fault our girls for that. But we didn’t execute when we needed to. We turned it over in too many key situations in the game and they outplayed us in the second half.”

FPD will most likely look back on the loss being partially caused by poor free throw shooting. For the game, the Lady Vikings were 7-of-24 from the charity stripe for a mark of 29.1 percent.

“That’s just inexcusable,” Griffin said. “We have to knock those in. We know we can and we know we messed up. But we just didn’t today and that’s our wrong-doing as a team.”

FPD led 23-18 at halftime, but was outscored 33-20 in the second half.

Lamar County’s Daishai Almond led all scorers with 21 points, including one made 3-pointer. Teammate Tyschandra Castlin chipped in with 12 points as well.

The Lady Vikings were paced by the 18 point and 17 rebound double-double performance of Kate Patterson. Emma Lako added nine points while Bailey Ruble dropped in six points with two 3-pointers. Patterson also recorded five blocks.

“We came out really good to start the game,” Griffin said. “We just have to learn how to play under control as a team. There were too many times throughout the game where we had chances that we squandered.”

FPD totaled 29 turnovers on the game, over 10 miscues of its season average to date.

“The good things is we get a chance to play tomorrow and try to get better and fix some of the problems we had today,” Griffin said. “Hats off to Lamar County as well because they came back in the second half and played hard.”

Tip-off for Tuesday’s game against Monroe Area is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Check www.fpdvikings.com for further information throughout the tournament.

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:

LAMAR COUNTY 51, FPD 43 (at Jones County Christmas Tournament)

FPD 13-10-10-10 — 43
Lamar 11-7-17-16 — 51

Lamar County: Daishai Almond 21, Tyschandra Castlin 12, Nykia Thomas 9, Ny’Asia Shivers 7, Alexis Web 2.

FPD: Kate Patterson 18, Emma Lako 9, Bailey Ruble 6, Sydney Reese 4, Sadie Frame 4, Molly Lee 2.

3-pointers: Lamar County 2 (Almond, Shivers); FPD 2 (Ruble 2).

Records: Lamar County 6-3, FPD 5-4.

Game notes: Patterson had 17 rebounds and five blocks for FPD…Ruble had nine rebound for FPD…Lee had five rebounds for FPD…Reese had six rebounds and two assists for FPD.

Next: FPD v. Monroe Area, 10 a.m., Tuesday (at Jones County).