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Lady Vikings Pounce Past Schley County Lady Wildcats for 67-33 Road Win

ELLAVILLE, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls basketball team (12-9) quickly erased thoughts of Friday’s home region loss to Stratford, claiming a commanding 67-33 non-region road win over the Schley County Lady Wildcats (2-16) on Saturday afternoon.

The win gives the Lady Vikings the season series 2-0 and a 5-2 series lead overall.

“I thought we came out with a much better purpose in this game,” FPD head girls coach John Griffin said. “We played aggressive and got into the right spots on both ends of the floor. I’m really proud of the girls for the way they responded after last night’s loss.”

After leading 12-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Vikings poured in the offense that was created by outstanding full-court pressure defense in the second and third quarters. FPD would post 20 points in the second quarter followed by 25 in the third frame for a 57-24 lead.

“Our defense created some problems for them and we were able to make some shots both on our layups and from the outside,” Griffin said. “We hit the open shots when we had the opportunity and it was fun to see the girls capitalize on their chances.”

FPD outscored Schley County 10-9 in the fourth quarter with the majority of it’s junior varsity team on the floor.

“It was great to rest some of our regulars and probably even better to get some of the girls in that haven’t played that much to get them some varsity experience.”

FPD had four players in double figures, led by the 15 points of Kate Patterson and Emma Lako. Bailey Ruble finished with 12 points while Sydney Reese totaled 11.

The Lady Vikings outshot the Lady Wildcats from behind the arc 7-1. Ruble hit four 3-pointers for FPD and Ali Purdy, Reese and Patterson each knocked in one from downtown.

FPD will return to play on Tuesday, Jan. 26, traveling to downtown Macon for a Region 7-A contest against the Lady Cavaliers of Mount de Sales.

The Lady Vikings defeated the Lady Cavaliers earlier this season at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center 50-24 on Jan. 8.

Tip-off on Tuesday night is scheduled for 6 p.m. at McAuley Hall.

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BOX SCORE:

FPD 67, SCHLEY COUNTY 33

FPD 12-20-25-10 — 67
Schley 7-9-8-9 — 33

FPD: Emma Lako 15, Kate Patterson 15, Bailey Ruble 12, Sydney Reese 11, Molly Lee 5, Ali Purdy 5, Sadie Frame 4.

Schley County: Brandilyn Cromer 12, Raven Butler 7, Brittany Phillips 5, Kelli Rees 3, Emily Campbell 2, Ashton Satterfield 2, Rachel Mullis 2.

3-pointers: FPD 7 (Ruble 4, Patterson 1, Purdy 1, Reese 1); Schley County 1 (Rees 1).

Records: FPD 12-9, Schley County 2-16.

Next: FPD at Mount de Sales, 6 p.m., Tuesday.