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Wilkinson County Warriors Top FPD Vikings 80-45

MACON, Ga. – FPD freshman Maurice Gordon finished with a team-high 16 points, but in the end it wasn’t enough as the Vikings (5-14, 1-9 Reg. 7-A) fell to the Wilkinson County Warriors (20-3, 9-1 Reg. 7-A) 80-45 on Tuesday night, Feb. 3 at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

“We played much better against Wilco. this time around,” FPD head coach Michael Walton said. “They have a very talented team with a lot of guys that can score in bunches. Hats off to Coach (Aaron) Geter and their guys.”

FPD trailed 21-10 at the end of the first quarter and 42-22 going into halftime.

“I thought we had some really good looks in thAT first half,” Walton said. “We missed a lot of layups and some easy opportunities that should’ve gone down. Those are mistakes you can’t afford to make against a team like Wilco.”

The Warriors came out of the locker room one fire in the third quarter, outscoring the Vikings 29-9 to take a commanding 71-31 lead into the fourth quarter. Eight different players scored in the third frame for the Warriors.

“Not only are they a talented team, but they have a bench that can contribute at any time,” Walton said. “But I was really proud of the effort our guys put in. We played hard and at the end of the day, that’s all you can ask for.”

Torrico Simmons led the Warriors with a game-high 17 points. Tae Jones knocked in 10 points as well.

The Warriors capitalized from the free-throw line, finishing the game at 81.2 percent (13-of-16). Wilkinson County also held a 7-2 advantage from beyond the arc.

Now the Vikings will focus on the Eagles Landing Christian Academy Chargers on Friday night, Feb. 6 on Senior Night.

“We have to keep fighting and pushing on,” Walton said. “There is still plenty of room for improvement.”

Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday night at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

The Chargers fell to WD Mohammed 57-52 on Tuesday night.

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BOX SCORE:

WILKINSON COUNTY 80, FPD 45

Wilco 21-21-29-9 — 80
FPD 10-12-9-14 — 45

Wilco: Torrico Simmons 17, Tae Jones 10, Aaron Geter 8, Malik Rickerson 8, Larry Jones 7, Keldrick Anderson 7, Tylan Grabble 6, Malik Warthen 6, Landrick Horne 4, Jadoveon Jones 3, Ontario Coats 2, Javares Walker 2.

FPD: Maurice Gordon 16, Champ Dawson 9, Titus Moore 7, Torrian McSwain 4, Jacob Oates 3, Jam Morris 2, Luke Ford 2, Robert Johnson 1, C.J. Harris 1.

3-pointers: Wilkinson County 7 (Simmons 3, Rickerson 2, Jones 1, Anderson 1); FPD 2 (Dawson, Moore).

Records: Wilkinson County 20-3, 9-1 Reg. 7-A; FPD 5-14, 1-9 Reg. 7-A.

Next: ELCA at FPD, 8:30 p.m., Friday.