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Lady Vikings, Vikings Surge Past Tattnall Square Academy

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls and boys basketball teams picked up Region-7 victories on Tuesday night, knocking off the Tattnall Square Academy Lady Trojans and Trojans on the road at Richard Reid Court.

In the girls contest, the Lady Vikings (12-4, 4-1 Reg. 7, 1A) erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter by ending the contest on a 23-4 run over the final eight minutes to take a 50-41 victory over the Lady Trojans (10-7, 2-3 Reg. 7, 1A).

Kate Patterson netted a game-high 26 points, 15 coming in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Teammate Bailey Ruble added 15 on five made 3-pointers as well.

The Lady Vikings trailed 9-5 at the end of the first quarter and 21-15 at halftime.

The Lady Trojans outscored the Lady Vikings 16-12 in the third quarter to seemingly put the game away.

But the Lady Vikings clamped down on defense and Patterson and her teammates went to work in the final quarter.

McKenzie Sams paced the Lady Trojans in scoring with 15 points, all from beyond the arc.

Tuesday’s victory over the Lady Trojans is the first in the GHSA era for the Lady Vikings.

Patterson moved into seventh place on the all-time scoring list at FPD with her 26-point performance, passing Norma Williamson (1975-79) and Savannah Phillips (2011-14).

The senior is 32 points away from tying sixth place with Diane Graves (1976-80).

In the guys contest, the Vikings (9-5, 4-1 Reg. 7, 1A) held on for a 48-46 victory over the Trojans (10-5, 4-1 Reg. 7, 1A).

The Vikings led 9-6 at the end of the first quarter and 20-14 at intermission.

FPD pushed its lead to 31-24 at the end of third period before both teams traded blows in the final quarter.

The Vikings led 36-26 the first two minutes into the fourth quarter and 41-31 midway through the final frame, but the Trojans went on a 10-3 run to pull within three with 44.1 seconds to play.

The Trojans outscored the Vikings 5-4 over the remaining seconds, but it wasn’t enough to pull through.

Armaun Smith and Henry Middlebrooks paced the Vikings with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Jimmy Marshall led the Trojans with 19, including 13 in the second half, while teammate Calvin Slaughter pumped in 10 points.

With the win, the Vikings are now just one game down in the GHSA series again Tattnall with the Trojans holding a 3-2 lead.

The Lady Vikings and Vikings return to action on Friday, Jan. 20, traveling to Twiggs County High School for a Region-7 match-up against the Lady Cobras and Cobras.

Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. for the varsity girls followed by 7:30 p.m. for the varsity boys.

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 visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

BOX SCORES:

GIRLS

FPD 50, TATTNALL SQUARE 41

FPD 5-10-12-23 — 50
TSA 9-12-16-4 — 41

FPD: Kate Patterson 26, Bailey Ruble 15, Emma Lako 4, Sadie Frame 2, Molly Lee 2.

Tattnall: McKenzie Sams 15, Allie Gordon 8, I’uana Slaughter 7, Ivey Whetsel, Abby Rouse 3, Blair Back 2, Breonna Glover 2.

3-pointers: FPD 8 (Ruble 5, Patterson 3); Tattnall 5 (Sams 5).

Records: FPD 12-4, 4-1 Reg. 7, 1A; Tattnall Square 10-7, 2-3 Reg. 7, 1A.

Next: FPD at Twiggs County, 6 p.m., Friday.

BOYS

FPD 48, TATTNALL SQUARE 46

FPD 9-11-11-17 — 48
TSA 6-11-7-22 — 46

FPD: Armaun Smith 12, Henry Middlebrooks 11, C.J. Harris 7, Maurice Gordon 6, Caleb Kelly 6, Wesley Wilson 3, Jacobe Singletary 3.

Tattnall: Jimmy Marshall 19, Calvin Slaughter 10, Ahmad Barron 5, Logan Fink 5, Sean Brown 4, Zion Blasingame 3.

3-pointers: FPD 3 (Middlebrooks 3); Tattnall 3 (Barron, Blasingame, Marshall).

Records: FPD 9-5, 4-1 Reg. 7, 1A; Tattnall Square 10-5, 4-1 Reg. 7, 1A.

Next: FPD at Twiggs County, 7:30 p.m., Friday.