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Lady Vikings Avenge Early Season Loss to Wilco. on the Road 37-27

IRWINTON, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls basketball (14-10, 6-4 Reg. 7-A) ended a one-game slide on Tuesday night, traveling to Wilkinson County High School and defeated the Lady Warriors (5-17, 4-5 Reg. 7-A) 37-27 at The Palace in GHSA Class-A Region-7 action.

The victory splits the season series against the Lady Warriors after Wilco. claimed a 36-31 win back on Jan. 15 at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center. The Lady Warriors still hold the overall series advantage at 8-2.

“I thought both teams came out sloppy, but I have to credit our girls, they got the job done,” FPD head girls coach John Griffin said. “It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but you’ll take them any way you can get them and we needed this one tonight to stay at a good spot entering into the Region Tournament.”

The Lady Vikings struggled out of the gate, trailing 6-2 at the end of the first quarter.

But in the second quarter, FPD went on a 15-9 run to lead 17-15 at the halfway mark.

In the second half, the Lady Vikings outscored the Lady Warriors 20-12 for the victory.

“Wilkinson County is a tough team defensively,” Griffin said. “They aren’t afraid to play aggressive and can really hurt you from the inside. I thought we did a good job of limiting them on that tonight.”

Kate Patterson led FPD in scoring with 13 points while Sydney Reese chipped in with 10 points for the Lady Viking win.

Ladasha Shinholster netted 11 in the loss for the Lady Warriors.

Tuesday’s contest brings an end to Region-7A play for the Lady Vikings, with the Region Tournament coming up next week.

FPD will close out the regular season on the road on Friday, Feb. 5, traveling to ELCA for a non-region Class-A contest.

“We just have to keep getting better for the Region Tournament,” Griffin said. “I want use to send the regular season on a high note, play hard and play as a team.”

The Lady Chargers defeated FPD 63-41 back on Dec. 8 at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

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:

FPD 37, WILKINSON COUNTY 27

FPD 2-15-17-13 — 37
WCHS 6-9-4-8 — 27

FPD: Kate Patterson 13, Sydney Reese 10, Sadie Frame 5, Bailey Ruble 5, Ali Purdy 4.

Wilkinson County: Ladasha Shinholster 10, Zhakire Simmons 6, Ja’Tosjah Bolston 4, Jamilah Hart 3, Alex Shinholster 2, Jamie Wilkerson 2.

3-pointers: FPD 1 (Ruble).

Records: FPD 14-10, 6-4 Reg. 7-A; Wilkinson County 5-17, 4-5 Reg. 7-A.

Next: FPD at ELCA, 7 p.m., Friday; Wilkinson County at Portal, 6 p.m., Friday.