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Lady Vikings Snag 48-37 Win at AAAA Mary Persons

FORSYTH, Ga. – Going into the final game of a back-to-back is always tough.

But FPD weathered the storm just fine, defeating the Mary Persons Lady Bulldogs (AAAA) 48-37 on Saturday night at the JP Evans Gymnasium.

Emma Lako led all scorers with a game-high 18 points, putting her in double figures for for the fourth consecutive game. She also added three rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the win.

“I’m just really happy the way we played,” FPD head girls coach John Griffin said. “This was our first back-to-back of the season. After beating George Walton (last night), we knew we would be tired and a little sluggish. But we also knew Mary Persons was coming off a back-to-back as well. We finally settled down in the second half and played our type of basketball and were able to come away with the win.”

FPD led 10-9 at the end of the first quarter and 25-24 at halftime.

“I told the girls at halftime that we just had to get under control,” Griffin said. “Our effort was there, but we were making some silly turnovers and weren’t getting into any rhythm. We did that in the second half.”

Indeed, the Lady Vikings did.

FPD outscored Mary Persons 15-4 in the third frame to take a commanding 39-28 lead after 24 minutes of action. All that was left to do was stay the course in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Vikings did just that, winning the quarter 9-7.

Sydney Reese totaled nine points, three assists, two rebounds and two assists in the win. Kate Patterson, who returned from a soccer showcase tournament in North Carolina, finished the night with 8 points while Sadie Frame knocked in seven points.

Frame also finished with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

“It was good to get this back-to-back experience,” Griffin said. ‘They’re hard on everybody, but I know in the long-run it will make us all better.”

The Lady Vikings are back in action on Tuesday night, Dec. 8, hosting the ELCA Lady Chargers at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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 48, MARY PERSONS 37

FPD 10-15-14-9 — 48
MPHS 9-15-4-7 — 37

FPD: Emma Lako 18, Sydney Reese 9, Kate Patterson 8, Sadie Frame 7, Molly Lee 4, Ali Purdy 2.

MPHS: Kver Shannon 13, Ateria McDowell 9, Olympia High 7, Taliyah Slocumb 4, Carmen Ralls 2, Abigail Hightower 2.

3-pointers: MPHS – 2 (Shannon 1, High 1).

Records: FPD 3-1, Mary Persons 0-4.

Next: ELCA at FPD, 6 p.m., Tuesday; Howard at Mary Persons, 6 p.m., Tuesday.