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Lady Vikings Draw Close but Fall at Tattnall 39-36 in Region 7-A Play

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls basketball team (13-10, 5-4 Reg. 7-A) snapped a two-game winning streak on Friday night, falling to the Tattnall Square Academy Lady Trojans 39-36 (19-1, 7-1 Reg. 7-A) at Tattnall’s Athletic Center Gymnasium is GHSA Class-A Private Region 7 action.

The loss gives the Lady Trojan the season series 2-0 by a total of five points (Tattnall defeated FPD 31-29 back on Jan. 12). The victory is also good for a 4-0 GHSA series advantage for Tattnall.

“I thought our girl played really hard,” FPD head girls coach John Griffin said. “They did everything we asked for them to do. We just fell one shot short in the end. I’m proud of their effort.”

The Lady Vikings led 12-9 at the end of the first quarter but the Lady Trojans outscored the FPD 10-9 in the second quarter for a 19-18 halftime lead.

The biggest blow of the game for FPD, though, came in the first half when Emma Lako (12.7 ppg) was forced to leave the game with an ankle sprain and did not return to action.

“That certainly hurt us and I think it would have been a different game if she was in there,” Griffin said. “I hope she can return to play quickly because she’s a big part of what we do.”

Both teams netted nine points in the third quarter to send the game to the fourth frame with Tattnall leading 28-27.

“We stuck in there even though they made some big baskets,” Griffin said. “They are a really good basketball team. They’re well coached and have good players.”

But the Lady Vikings scored just nine points in the fourth while Tattnall posted 11 for the victory.

“We just came up short again like last time,” Griffin said. “I’m proud of our girls and their effort. There are a lot of positives we can take away from this game.”

Tattnall was led in scoring by the 14 points of Abby Rouse, 10 of which came in the second half. I’Auna Slaughter also netted seven in the win for the Lady Trojans, who have won six straight games.

The Lady Vikings were paced by the nine points and eight rebounds of Kate Patterson while Bailey Ruble added eight points and seven rebounds. Sydney Reese and Ruble also notched two steals.

“We’ll take this one and learn from it again,” Griffin said. “We still have some work today with all of our girls, but I’m just proud of their effort and the way they played tonight.”

The Lady Vikings return to action on Tuesday night, Feb. 2, traveling to Irwinton, Ga. to take on the Wilkinson County Lady Warriors.

The opening tip is set for 6 p.m. at The Palace.

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BOX SCORE:

TATTNALL 39, FPD 36

TSA 9-10-9-11 — 39
FPD 12-6-9-9 — 36

FPD: Kate Patterson 9, Bailey Ruble 8, Sadie Frame 6, Emma Lako 4, Sydney Reese 4, Molly Lee 3, Ali Purdy 2.

Tattnall: Abby Rouse 14, I’Auna Slaughter 7, Allie Gordon 6, Jodan Allen 6, Briana Beasley 6.

3-pointers: FPD 1 (Ruble).

Records: Tattnall 19-1, 7-1 Reg. 7-A; FPD 13-10, 5-4 Reg. 7-A.

Next: FPD at Wilkinson County, 6 p.m., Tuesday.