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Lady Vikings Fall to Host Jones County 55-36 in Final Day of Christmas Tournament

GRAY, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls basketball team (6-5) took fourth place out of eight teams at the State Bank Holiday Classic on Wednesday afternoon, falling to the host Jones County Lady Greyhounds (9-5) at the Greyhound Gymnasium.

With the loss, the Lady Vikings snapped a quick one-game winning streak. Kate Patterson was named to the All-Tournament Team as well.

FPD led 9-6 at the end of the first quarter, but Jones County came out firing on all cylinders, outscoring the Lady Vikings 21-8 in the second quarter for a 27-17 lead.

“We fell back in our trap of not playing together as a team,” FPD girls head coach John Griffin said. “We didn’t play for one another like we did a day ago in the win against Monroe Area.”

Bailey Ruble led FPD in scoring, totaling 12 points for the Lady Vikings for four made 3-pointers. Patterson scored 10 points and snatched down 12 rebounds while Ali Purdy drained two 3-pointers for six points.

Sydney Reese also totaled five rebounds and five assists while Emma Lako finished with five steals in the contest.

The Lady Vikings were outscored 28-19 in the second half by the Lady Greyhounds.

“We made way too many mental errors,” Griffin said. “There were a lot of times that were in spots that we didn’t need to be in on the floor.”

Jones Country’s Kaitlyn Towers led all scorers in the match with 21 points. Atravia Rawlings and Amber White each chipped in with 10 points as well.

“They have a really good basketball team,” Griffin said. “They play fast like we do and they were able to get under control better than we could today.”

Now the focus shifts to Region-7A play for the Lady Vikings.

FPD will open up region action on Saturday, Jan. 2 against the Twiggs County Lady Cobras.

Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

Live audio will be available on the Viking Sports Radio Network beginning at 3:50 p.m. on www.livestream.com

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BOX SCORE:

JONES COUNTY 55, FPD 36

FPD 9-8-10-0 — 38
JCHS 6-21-14-14 — 55

FPD: Bailey Ruble 12, Kate Patterson 10, Ali Purdy 6, Sadie Frame 4, Emma Lako 4.

Jones County: Kaitlyn Towers 21, Atravia Rawlings 10, Amber White 10, Krystal Wimberly 7, Davilynn Dozier 7.

3-pointers: FPD 6 (Ruble 4, Purdy 2); Jones County 3 (Towers 1, Wimberly, Dozier 1).

Records: FPD 6-5, Jones County 9-5.

Game notes: Patterson had a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds for FPD…Rawlings was named to the All-Tournament Team for Jones County…Sydney Reese had five rebounds and five assists for FPD…Emma Lako had five steals for FPD.

Next: Twiggs County at FPD, 4 p.m., Saturday.