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Lady Vikings Snap Three-Game Skid with 58-42 Region 7-A Win at Twiggs County

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls basketball appeared to be headed for its fourth straight loss on Tuesday evening at Twiggs County High School.

At the end of the first quarter, the Lady Vikings trailed the Lady Cobras 17-10.

But over the next two quarters, FPD (11-8, 4-2 Reg. 7-A) snapped out of its funk, in particular the second quarter, and ended the final three quarters on a 38-25 run to claim a 58-42 Region 7-A victory over the Lady Cobras (1-8, 1-5 Reg. 7-A).

The win gives the Lady Vikings a commanding lead in the overall series against the Lady Cobras at 8-0.

“We came out unorganized in the first quarter and you can’t do that against a quick team like Twiggs,” FPD head girls coach John Griffin said. “But we finally settled down and got into a rhythm on offense and our defense led to some offense as well. It was good to get back on track tonight.”

Kate Patterson and Emma Lako led FPD’s charge to get back in the win columns, totaling 35 of the Lady Vikings’ 58 points. Patterson netted 19, including 13 in the second quarter, to go with 11 rebounds for the double-double. Lako tallied 16 points and six rebounds as well.

“I though we played like a team after the first quarter and that hasn’t really happened since the Tattnall game,” Griffin said. “We were trying to find the open girl to get the best shot we could possibly get and I think for the most part we did.”

The Lady Vikings led 35-21 at halftime and 52-26 at the end of the third quarter.

After leading by a large margin, Griffin would sub in the majority of the junior varsity players at five minute mark of the fourth quarter.

“Our starting unit and main supporting group got the job done,” Griffin said, “And I’m glad that our younger girls got in some real varsity experience as well.”

FPD moved the basketball well all evening, finishing 17 assists. Patterson finished with five and Sadie Frame notched five.

The Lady Vikings also rebounded well. For the game, FPD corralled 39 rebounds, almost 10 over its season average. Along with Patterson’s 11, Frame grabbed six boards, and Lako and Caroline Harrison each totaled five.

FPD will not put its focus on their arch-rival in the Stratford Academy Eaglettes on Friday, Jan. 22 in another Region 7-A contest.

“Tonight’s win was big because it will hopefully give us some momentum going into Friday’s big game with Stratford,” Griffin said.

Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Coach Mac’s Court at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center at FPD.

The Lady Vikings defeated the Eaglettes in the first meeting this season 38-32 on Jan. 5 at Stratford’s Grady Smith Gymnasium.

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BOX SCORE:

FPD 58, TWIGGS COUNTY 42

FPD 10-25-17-6 — 58
Twiggs 17-4-5-16 — 42

FPD: Kate Patterson 19, Emma Lako 16, Sydney Reese 7, Bailey Ruble 7, Siarra Reese 4, Ali Purdy 2, Whitney Sikes 2, Sadie Frame 1.

Twiggs: Yasmine Golover 11, Teoshamier Williams 9, Shaniya Coley 6, Christian Carswell 6, Jadajah Pierce 4, Tyrena Level 3, Marvesha Stephens 2, Rickieda Height 1.

3-pointers: FPD 2 (Patterson 1, Ruble 1); Twiggs County 2 (Level 1,Coley 1).

Game notes: Patterson had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds…FPD finished with 39 team rebounds…Sadie Frame had five rebounds and five assists for FPD…Lako and Caroline Harrison each had five rebounds for FPD…Patterson had six assists for FPD.

Records: FPD 11-8, 4-2 Reg. 7-A; Twiggs County 1-8, 1-5 Reg. 7-A

Next: Stratford at FPD, 6:30 p.m., Friday.