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Lady Vikings Drop Heartbreaker to Region Rival Tattnall Square 31-29

MACON Ga. – From the opening tip to the final horn, the Lady Trojans of Tattnall Square Academy (14-1 2-1 Reg. 7-A) and the Lady Vikings of FPD (10-6, 3-1 Reg. 7-A) battled back and forth up until the final shot in Tuesday’s Region 7-A contest at Coach Mac’s Court at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

With six seconds left in the game and down by two points, FPD in-bounded the ball to Kate Patterson, who drove the full length of the floor and just missed tying the game as her last second layup in the lane rattled off the back iron and the Lady Trojans held on for the 41-39 victory.

“What a game,” FPD head girls coach John Griffin said. “I know we came out on the losing end, but I’m so proud of the girls for the way they fought the entire night. Tattnall is a really good team and Coach Whetsel does a great job with his girls. We gave ourselves a chance to win and it just didn’t fall for us.”

The Lady Vikings led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter and took a 20-19 lead into halftime.

The Lady Trojans outscored the Lady Vikings 8-7 in the third quarter to tie the contest at 27-27 heading to the fourth quarter.

“It was a real physical game” Griffin said. “Both teams played with a lot of heart and emotion and I knew in the fourth quarter either Tattnall or us would have to make a run to win the game.”

What Griffin didn’t realize is the struggle both teams would have putting the basketball in hoop over the final eight minutes.

Both defenses clamped down while both offenses went cold as the Lady Trojans outscored the Lady Vikings 4-2 in the final quarter to hang on for the win.

“I can’t fault our effort one bit,” Griffin said. “I’m proud of the girls. We just didn’t execute in the fourth quarter and they just edged us.”

Patterson led FPD and all scorers with 16 points while Emma Lako knocked in seven points.

FPD was just 8-of-16 from the free throw line while Tattnall was 9-of-16.

The Lady Trojans were led by the seven points of Allie Gordon. Brianna Beasley and Abby Rouse each chipped in with six points.

“It was an ugly basketball game in a way, but it was a battle,” Griffin said. “We’ll take the positives from how we played move forward. Even though we lost, I still think we can find some things we did well and keep doing those things.”

Patterson totaled eight rebounds for the Lady Vikings while Sadie Frame corralled seven boards. Sydney Reese led the team in assists and steals with two apiece.

The Lady Vikings are back in action on Friday, Jan. 15 for another Region-7A showdown against the Wilkinson County Lady Warriors.

The opening tip is set for 6 p.m. at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

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BOX SCORE:

TATTNALL 31, FPD 29

TSA 10-9-8-4 — 31
FPD 11-9-7-2 — 29

Tattnall: Allie Gordon 7, Brianna Beasley 6, Abby Rouse 6, Ivey Whetsel 5, Jordan Allen 4, I’Uana Slaughter 2, Blair Back 1.

FPD: Kate Patterson 16, Emma Lako 7, Sadie Frame 4, Bailey Ruble 2.

3-pointers: FPD 1 (Patterson).

Records: Tattnall 14-1, 2-1 Reg. 7-A; FPD 10-6, 3-1 Reg. 7-A.

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