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Lady Vikings Fall at ELCA 56-38 to Close Out Regular Season

McDONOUGH, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls basketball team ended the 2015-16 regular season on Friday night on the road, falling to the ELCA Lady Chargers 56-38.

With the loss, the Lady Vikings (14-11) finished with a season record above .500 albeit dropping the season series to the Lady Chargers (14-7) 2-0. FPD trailed the all-time series 5-2 against ELCA.

FPD will now look to the GHSA Class-A Region-7 Tournament, set to begin next Tuesday, Feb. 9. The Lady Vikings will take on the GMC Prep Lady Bulldogs for the third time this season in the first round at Tattnall Square at a time to be determined.

“I’m proud of our girls for their work this season,” FPD head coach John Griffin said. “We got better through some ups and downs and even though we lost tonight, now it’s time to turn the page and get ready for the Region Tournament.”

In Friday’s contest at ELCA, the Lady Vikings hung tight for the first half. FPD trailed 13-11 at the end of the first quarter and was down 24-21 at halftime.

“We played with them for the majority of the first half,” Griffin said. “I thought we matched their intensity well.”

But the Lady Chargers created some separation in the third quarter, limiting the Lady Vikings to seven points while scoring 11. ELCA would lead 35-28 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Chargers then got hot from the floor the final eight minutes, ending the game on a 21-10 run.

“They are a rally good basketball team,” Griffin said. “They play well off of each other and turned it up a notch in the fourth quarter and we just didn’t match it.”

FPD was led by the 16 point, 14 rebound double-double performance of Kate Patterson. Emma Lako knocked in 10 points in her first game back after a sprained ankle.

Both teams shot plenty of free throws, with a total of 42 coming in the game. FPD finished 8-of-19 from the line while ELCA was 16-of-23.

FPD hit two 3-pointers on the night as well.

“We are pleased with the progress we made from last season,” Griffin said. “But now the slate is wiped clean and we have to get ready for postseason play.

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for an announcement on Tuesday’s game time.

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:

ELCA 56, FPD 38

FPD 11-10-7-10 — 38
ELCA 13-11-11-21 — 56

FPD: Kate Patterson 16 points, Emma Lako 10, Ali Purdy 3, Sadie Frame 3, Bailey Ruble 3, Molly Lee 2, Sydney Reese 1.

ELCA: Abigail Rogers 16, Ryane Brown 15, Parker Pinholster 13, Catie Wallace 11, Ashley Warren 1.

3-pointers: FPD 2 (Ruble, Purdy).

Records: ELCA 14-7, FPD 14-11.

Next: FPD v. GMC Prep at Tattnall Square (Reg. 7 Tournament First Round), Time TBD, Tuesday.