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Lady Vikings Fall at GMC 41-36 in Region-7 Tournament Opener

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The 2014-15 season came to a close for the FPD Lady Vikings (6-16), falling to the GMC Prep Lady Bulldogs (16-10) 41-36 on Tuesday night, February 10, at the Cordell Events Center.

“I told our girls we were proud of them after the game,” FPD head coach John Griffin said. “They played with a lot of heart and passion tonight. You can’t take that away from them.”

The Lady Vikings were without leading scorer Kate Patterson after the sophomore suffered a season-ending injury against the Lady Bulldogs in the regular season finale on Feb. 7.

But FPD saw production from sophomore Bailey Ruble, who finished with a team-high 12 points. Senior Megan Ingram and junior Lizzie Reed tallied nine and eight points, respectively.

“Not having Kate hurt for sure,” Griffin said. “But we knew coming in what we were up against and I thought we responded well, especially in the second half.”

FPD’s chances looked grim facing a 23-11 halftime deficit.

But the Lady Vikings outscored the Lady Bulldogs 13-6 in the third quarter to pull within five at 29-24.

“I thought we had our chances in the second half,” Griffin said. “We knocked down some big shots and got some other girls involved on offense.”

But the Lady Bulldogs weathered the Lady Viking storm to match FPD point-for-point in a 12-12 fourth quarter duel.

Karlie Harding paced GMC with a game-high 13 points. Kita Aycock and Kaylie Harding netted eight and seven points, respectively.

FPD held the advantage from 3-point range at 5-1. The Lady Vikings finished with 31 turnovers on the night.

“We didn’t take good care of the basketball,” Griffin said. “But we never gave up and I’m very proud of our girls for that.”

FPD graduates two seniors from the 2014-15 team in Ingram and Laney Elliott.

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2015 for their efforts and contribution to the basketball program throughout the years!

Check www.fpdvikings.com in the offseason for updates on the FPD girls basketball team.

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.

BOX SCORE:

GMC 41, FPD 36

FPD 5-6-13-12 — 36
GMC 11-12-6-12 — 41

FPD: Bailey Ruble 12, Megan Ingram 9, Lizzie Reed 8, Sydney Reese 6, Emma Lako 1.

GMC: Karlie Harding 13, Kita Aycock 8, Kaylie Harding 7, Kate McGhee 6, Keely Murner 5, Taylor Long 2.

3-pointers: FPD 5 (Ruble 4, Ingram 1); GMC 1 (Murner).

Records: FPD 6-16, GMC 15-10.

Next: End of season for FPD.