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Lady Vikings Fall to GMC Prep 31-29 in Region-7 Tournament Opener

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls basketball team (14-12, 6-5 Reg. 7), the no. 3 seed from the west division, fell to the GMC Prep Lady Bulldogs (14-8, 9-2 Reg. 7), the no. 2 seed in the east division, on Tuesday night in the opening round of the GHSA Class-A Region-7 Tournament at Tattnall Square Academy’s Athletic Center Gymnasium.

GMC Prep moves on to the semifinals at Hancock Central on Friday while FPD, who was ranked no. 16 in the Feb. 9 GHSA Class-A Private Power Ratings, will await word on a possible State Tournament berth early next week.

“We just turned the ball over too many times,” FPD head coach John Griffin said. “Defensively we played very well, but we couldn’t take care of the ball when it mattered most and missed some simple opportunities that should have capitalized on.”

FPD trailed 14-8 at the end of the first quarter but the Lady Vikings came out strong in the second quarter, going on a 10-3 run over the final eight minutes of the first half to lead 18-17 at halftime.

“Our girls showed a lot of heart and effort,” Griffin said. “I can’t fault them for that. The ball just didn’t bounce our way tonight when we needed to in clutch situations.”

In the second half, the Lady Bulldogs held the Lady Viking to just four points while scoring eight for a 25-22 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

FPD would battle back to pull within one point multiple times in the final frame, but costly errors down the stretch coupled with late GMC Prep free throws led to the defeat.

“GMC is just a hard-nosed team,” Griffin said. “They have a lot of athletes and aren’t afraid to play. Hats off to them on their win tonight.”

FPD was led by the game-high 15 points of Kate Patterson, who also secured nine rebounds and blocked seven shots. GMC Prep’s Karlie Harding finished with 13 points with three 3-pointers.

If the Lady Vikings do not earn a bid next week in the final GHSA Class-A Power Ratings, Tuesday’s game would be the last of the 2015-16 season.

“Whatever ends up happening, I’m proud of the girls for their work this season,” Griffin said. “We improved on last years’ record and just have to keep getting better. The seniors played a big role in helping us having a good year.”

FPD sincerely thanks the Class of 2016 (Ali Purdy, Sydney Reese and Caroline Harrison) for their dedication to the FPD basketball program throughout the years. We wish you God’s richest blessings in your lives!

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates on the varsity girls basketball team in the near future on an announcement for a State Tournament berth.

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:

GMC PREP 31, FPD 29

FPD 8-10-4-7 — 29
GMC 14-3-8-6 — 31

FPD: Kate Patterson 15, Emma Lako 8, Sadie Frame 4, Molly Lee 2.

GMC Prep: Karlie Harding 13, Cade Bass 6, Kaylie Harding 5, Cire Foston 4, Kate McGhee 2, Megan Rackley 1.

3-pointers: GMC 4 (Karlie Harding 3, Kaylie Harding 1).

Game notes: The game was played at Tattnall Square’s Richard Reid Court…Patterson had nine rebounds and seven blocks for FPD…Frame had five rebounds for FPD.

Records: GMC Prep 14-8, FPD 14-12.

Next: GMC Prep v. TBD at Region 7A Semifinals hosted by Hancock Central, TBD, Friday; FPD TBD on GHSA Power Ratings.