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Lady Vikings Run Past George Walton 54-44 in Home Opener

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls basketball team (2-1) snapped a three-game losing skid to the George Walton Academy Lady Bulldogs (1-2), claiming a 54-44 victory in their 2015-16 home opener on Friday night, Dec. 4 at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

Two players scored in double figures fort the Lady Vikings, who were without leading scorer Kate Patterson (20.5 points per game) due to being at a soccer showcase tournament in North Carolina.

“I’m so proud of our girls,” FPD head coach John Griffin said. “We all came together and knew we were about to play a team that has had really good success over the last few years. We knew we were going to be without Kate and we definitely were wishing her well. It was nice to see us show some leadership and take on a challenge tonight.”

FPD outscored George Walton 20-14 at the end of the first quarter and led 38-23 at halftime.

“We just played with a lot of speed on both ends of the floor, but the key was we did it under control,” Griffin said. “We played a lot smarter.”

Indeed the Lady Vikings did.

Coming into Friday’s home opener, FPD was averaging 20.5 turnovers per game. Friday night, the Lady Vikings had just 11 mishaps.

Junior Emma Lako paced FPD with 17 points and recorded four steals in the win. Senior Sydney Reese also chipped in nicely with 15 points and eight assists.

“Emma just keeps getting better and smarter,” Griffin said. “She played really hard for us tonight. The whole team played really hard for us and that’s what I’m proud of. Sydney also found her rhythm which was great to see.”

FPD scored 17 points in the second half and limited George Walton to 21 points in the same time frame.

Bailey Ruble led the team with nine rebounds, eight of which were on the defensive glass. The junior also recorded two blocks to push her season total to four. Ruble led FPD in 3-pointers with two made.

“We just have to keep playing competitive and smart,” Griffin said. “The effort tonight from the players and coaching staff was tremendous.”

The Lady Vikings are back in action quickly, traveling to Mary Persons High School (Forsyth, Ga.) on Saturday night, Dec. 5.

Tip-off is scheduled at 5 p.m. Saturday.

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 54, GWA 44

GWA 14-9-8-13 — 44
FPD 20-18-7-9 — 54

GWA: Zalandria Hill 21, Sophie Chapar 8,Taryn Shelnutt 6, Elizabeth White 5, Kaiya Samuel 2, Morgan Heyde 2.

FPD: Emma Lako 17,Sydney Reese 15, Sadie Frame 9, Bailey Ruble 7, Ali Purdy 4, Molly Lee 2.

3-pointers: GWA 2 (Hill); FPD 3 (Ruble 2, Reese 1).

Game notes: Ruble had nine rebounds and two blocks for FPD…Lee had six rebounds…Reese had eight assists…Lako four steals for FPD.

Records: FPD 2-1, GWA 1-2.

Next: FPD at Mary Persons, 6 p.m., Saturday; Tallulah Falls at George Walton, 4:30 p.m., Saturday.