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Lady Vikings Tame GMC Prep Lady Bulldogs 37-28 in Region 7 Tournament Opener

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls basketball team (17-5, 9-2 Reg. 7, 1A) took down the GMC Prep Lady Bulldogs (15-8, 13-6 Reg. 7, 1A) in the first round of the GHSA Class-A Region-7 Tournament at The Grady Smith Gymnasium at Stratford Academy on Tuesday night, Feb. 7.

Emma Lako posted a game-high 14 points, all in the first half, to push the Lady Vikings to their fourth straight win. Teammate Bailey Ruble netted eight points, including two made 3-pointers.

FPD jumped out to an early 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 25-11 at halftime.

But in the second half, both offenses sputtered while both defenses clamped down.

Both squads combined for just 25 points in the second half.

The Lady Bulldogs won the third quarter 6-5 but the Lady Vikings led 30-21 going into the fourth quarter.

GMC Prep opened the final frame on a 5-0 run to pull within four points at 30-26, but the Lady Vikings closed out the game on a 7-2 run to take the victory.

Kennedy Davis paced the Lady Bulldogs, the no. 3 seed from the eastern division, with eight points in the defeat.

FPD has now won two straight against GMC Prep, taking both games in the 2016-17 season. The Lady Vikings defeated the Lady Bulldogs 46-30 on Nov. 22, 2016, also at Stratford.

The overall series is tied at 6-6 as well.

The Lady Vikings, the no. 2 seed from the western division, will take on Tattnall Square (#4 West) on Friday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. at Stratford Academy in the Region-7 Tournament Semifinals. The Lady Trojans defeated Hancock Central (#1 East) 53-42 on Tuesday.

Check www.fpdvikings.com, @FPDVikingSports on Twitter and FPD Athletics on Facebook for further developments leading into Friday’s contest.

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 SCORE:

FPD 37, GMC PREP 28

GMC 9-6-6-7 — 28
FPD 17-8-5-7 — 37

GMC: Kennedy Davis 8, Cire Foston 7, Cade Bass 4, Sara Bloodworth 3, Kendall Calhoun 3, Kate McGhee 3.

FPD: Emma Lako 14, Bailey Ruble 8, Molly Lee 7, Kate Patterson 5, Sadie Frame 2, Kennedy Cauley 1.

3-pointers: FPD 2 (Ruble 2); GMC 2 (Bloodworth 1, Calhoun 1).

Records: FPD 17-5, 9-2 Reg. 7, 1A; GMC Prep 14-9, 13-6 Reg. 7, 1A.

Next: FPD v. Tattnall Square, 4 p.m., Friday (at Stratford).