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Lady Vikings, Vikings Sweep Twiggs County to Begin Region 7 Play

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls and boys basketball teams got their 2017 off on the right foot on Tuesday night, defeating the Twiggs County Lady Cobras and Cobras in the GHSA Class-A, Region 7 opener for both schools at Coach Mac’s Court at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

Kate Patterson poured in 21 points to lead the Lady Vikings (8-3, 1-0 Reg. 7, 1A) past the Lady Cobras (6-8, 0-1 Reg. 7, 1A) 50-28.

After a a first quarter that saw the Lady Vikings score just five point but hold the Lady Cobras to none, FPD’s offense woke up in the middle two frames.

The Lady Vikings outscored the Lady Cobras 35-17 in the second and third quarter to take the victory.

Emma Lako recorded 12 points while Bailey Ruble totaled seven in the Lady Viking victory.

The Lady Cobras were paced by the 17 points of Kee’ala Stephens.

The Lady Vikings are no 9-0 all-time against the Lady Cobras, with all games coming in the school’s GHSA era.

In the nightcap, the Vikings (6-3, 1-0 reg.7, 1A) defended home court to defeat the Cobras (7-6, 0-1 Reg. 7, 1A) 53-44.

The Vikings led 10-9 at the end of the first period and outscored the Cobras 22-16 in the second quarter to take a 32-25 lead at intermission.

Both offenses sputtered in the third quarter, as the Cobras outscored the Vikings 8-7.

FPD would finish the game on a 14-11 run over the final eight minutes to take the win.

The Vikings were led by the 12 points of Maurice Gordon while Armaun Smith dialed in 10.

Zuri Brown paced the Cobras with a game-high 19 points.

The Vikings are now 6-3 all-time against the Vikings and have won three straight dating back to the 2015-16 campaign.

The Lady Vikings and Vikings return to the court on Friday, Jan.6, hosting cross-town rival Stratford Academy.

Tip-off for the varsity girls game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with the varsity boys to follow at 8:30 p.m. 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 visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

BOX SCORES:

GIRLS

FPD 50, TWIGGS COUNTY 28

TC 0-15-2-11 — 28

FPD 5-13-22-10 — 50

Twiggs: Kee’ala Stephens 17, Jadajah Pierce 5, Tyrena Level 3, Christin Carswell 2, Yasmine Glover 1.

FPD: Kate Patterson 21, Emma Lako 12, Bailey Ruble 7, Sadie Frame 4, Kaylee Moore 3, Molly Lee 2, Kennedy Cauley 1.

3-pointers: Twiggs 3 (Stephens 2, Level); FPD 2 (Patterson, Ruble).

Records: FPD 8-3, 1-0 Reg. 7, 1A; Twiggs County 6-8, 0-1 Reg. 7, 1A.

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

BOYS

FPD 53, TWIGGS COUNTY 44

TC 9-16-9-10 — 44

FPD 10-22-7-14 — 53

Twiggs County: Zuri Brown 19, Tyrik Carswell 5, Cortavius Ates 4, Tekebrion Blackshear 4, Juwaun Brown 3, Adrian Thomas 3, Dylan Loyd 3, Kameron Dixon 2, Tyrese Blackshear 1.

FPD: Maurice Gordon 12, Armaun Smith 10, Henry Middlebrooks 9, Caleb Kelly 8, Titus Moore 6, C.J. Harris 4, Stephen Summerow 2, Wesley Wilson 2.

3-pointers: Twiggs 5 (Zuri Brown 2, Juwaun Brown, Carswell, Loyd); FPD 1 (Middlebrooks).

Records: FPD 6-3, 1-0 Reg. 7, 1A; Twiggs County 7-6, 0-1 Reg. 7, 1A.

Next: Stratford at FPD, 8 p.m., Friday.