Girls Hoops Bests Aquinas, Advances to Region Finals

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The FPD girls basketball team (16-7) is headed back to familiar territory: the GHSA Class-A Region-7 Tournament Championship game.

The Lady Vikings defeated the Aquinas Fighting Irish 30-22 on Monday night, February 17, in the region tournament semifinals to advance to the title game for the second straight season.

Savannah Phillips netted 16 points to lead the Lady Vikings to the win. Sydney Reese scored eight points while Kate Patterson, Lizzie Lisenby and Bailey Ruble each scored two points, respectively.

Tied at 13-13, FPD outscored the Fighting Irish 17-9 in the second half to secure a spot in the championship game.

The opponent is a familiar one for the Lady Vikings: the Wilkinson County Lady Warriors.

A year ago, FPD advanced to the region tournament championship, falling to Wilco 50-31.

This year, FPD looks to avenge its loss from last season and earn an automatic bid into the GHSA Class-A State Tournament.

Wilco has taken both meetings this season, winning 52-45 in Iriwnton on Jan. 15 and besting FPD 56-49 on Jan. 31 in Macon.

Tip-off on Tuesday night in Augusta at Aquinas High School is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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FPD’s last region title in girls basketball was in 2009 when the school was a member of the GISA.

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