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Slow Second Half Dooms Girls Hoops in 52-41 Home Loss to GMC Prep

MACON, Ga. – After leading 26-25 at halftime, all seemed well with the FPD varsity girls basketball team (3-3).

But all did not end well, as the GMC Prep Lady Bulldogs (3-3) completed the regular season series sweep of the Lady Vikings, outscoring FPD 27-15 in the second half to earn a 52-41 victory on Friday night at FPD’s Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

FPD has now lost five straight dating back to the 2014-15 season to the Lady Bulldogs and trail the overall series 5-4.

“We didn’t match their intensity and couldn’t stop them from getting to the rim,” FPD head girls coach John Griffin said. “They really outplayed us the second half and were more physical than we were. You have to tip your cap to them because they were ready to play and we were not.”

The Lady Bulldogs were led by the game-high 18 points of Karlie Harding, 12 of which came via the 3-pointer. Kaylie Harding and Cade Bass each added nine as well.

“We couldn’t stop the (Karlie) Hardin,” Griffin said. “She got to the rim when she wanted to and we didn’t rotate well on our man-to-man defense. She was driving to the basket and we had no answer.”

The Lady Vikings were paced in scoring by the 14 points of Kate Patterson while Bailey Ruble added 11 points, including three made 3-pointers.

Both squads struggled mightily from foul line. FPD finished the game at 8-of-19 while GMC Prep was 13-of-27.

“We didn’t do a really good job of helping ourselves,” Griffin said. “We had too many fouls and didn’t make our free throws. We also allowed them too many free throw chances.”

FPD’s Sadie Frame finished the night with two points to go along with her seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Patterson also added six rebounds in the match.

The Lady Vikings committed 17 turnovers in the contest.

“We have to get back to playing team ball,” Griffin said. “That’s the bottom line. We are playing too individually. We start off well playing as a team, but we fall back in the trap like we did last of year of playing a one-minded game. That has to stop for us to be successful.”

FPD, now losers of two straight, will return to the hardwood on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 12, traveling to Brookstone High School in Columbus, Ga.

Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at Illges Gymnasium.

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:

GMC PREP 52, FPD 41

GMC 11-14-8-9 — 52
FPD 15-11-9-6 — 41

GMC: Karlie Harding 18, Kaylie Harding 9, Cade Bass 9, Megan Rackley 6, Cire Foston 6, Kate McGhee 4.

FPD: Kate Patterson 14, Sydney Reese 12, Bailey Ruble 11, Sadie Frame 2, Emma Lako 2.

3-pointers: GMC Prep 7 (Karlie Harding 4, Kaylie Harding 1, Bass 1, Rackley 1); FPD 3 (Ruble 3).

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

Game notes: Frame had seven rebounds, four assists and two steals for FPD…Patterson had six rebounds for FPD…FPD has now lost five straight to GMC Prep dating back to the 2013-14 season.