Girls Basketball Earns First Region Win of Year Over Twiggs County 44-32

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls basketball team (7-5, 1-0 Reg. 7-A) got their 2016 off on the right foot, taking down the Twiggs County Lady Cobras (3-7, 0-1 Reg. 7-A) 44-32 at Coach Mac’s Court at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center on Saturday night to open up Region 7-A action.

FPD reversed its loss in the Jones County Holiday Tournament from last week and now leads the all-time series against Twiggs County 7-0.

“I thought we came out a little sloppy, but we still put forth a great effort and I can’t fault the girls for that,” FPD head girls basketball coach John Griffin said. “It wasn’t the prettiest game we played, but it got the job done and it’s a great way to start region play with a win.”

The Lady Vikings outscored the Lady Cobras 21-9 in the first two quarters. Both teams settled for a 23-23 draw in the second half.

“Twiggs has some really quick and athletic players,” Griffin said. “Our girls hopefully know now what it’s like to play as under control as you can in situations where the pressure is always high.”

FPD was without its leading scorer Kate Patterson (14.5 points per game) due to an illness. But Emma Lako and Baile Ruble stepped up in her absence in a big way.

Lako finished with a game-high 20 points along with six rebounds and two assists.

Ruble connected for 15 points, including four 3-pointers and three blocks.

“It was nice to see our girls respond like they did after coming off a couple of tough losses in the Jones County Tournament,” Griffin said. “They ran up and down the floor tonight really hard and caused a bunch of turnovers that we were able to capitalize on with layups in transition.”

FPD finished with eight made layups in the contest.

The Lady Vikings also rebounded well too, corralling 39 rebounds in the contest, 22 of which came on the defensive end. Caroline Harrison and Molly Lee each totaled seven caroms to pace FPD.

“We rebounded really well tonight and that has to continue for us to be successful in region play,” Griffin said. “Our girls fought on the glass and that was a much needed boost for our team.”

FPD finished the game with 13 assists, with Sydney Reese garnering a team-best five.

The Lady Vikings will now get ready to take on their long-time rival in the Stratford Academy Eaglettes on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. at the Grady Smith Gymnasium at Stratford.

The Eaglettes took both games last year against the Lady Vikings after both squads hadn’t played each other in nearly five years due to being in different leagues.

The Eaglettes won 40-22 on Jan. 6 of 2015 followed by a 50-28 victory on Jan. 23.

Check and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates leading into Tuesday’s Region-7A contest.

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TC 6-3-9-14 — 32
FPD 13-8-14-9 — 44

Twiggs: Shaniya Coley 13, Yasmine Glover 12, Teoashamier Williams 4, Christian Carswell 2, Rickieda Height 1.

FPD: Emma Lako 20, Bailey Ruble 15, Sadie Frame 3, Ali Purdy 2, Sydney Reese 2, Molly Lee 2.

3-pointers: FPD 4 (Ruble 4); Twiggs 3 (Coley 3).

Records: FPD 7-5, 1-0 Reg. 7-A; Twiggs County 3-7, 0-1 Reg. 7-A.

Game notes: Caroline Harrison and Molly Lee each had seven rebounds while Lako had six for FPD…Sadie Frame had five rebounds and four assists for FPD…Ruble had three blocks for FPD…Sydney Reese had five steals for FPD…FPD totaled 39 rebounds, 22 of which were on the defensive glass.

Next: FPD at Stratford, 6 p.m., Tuesday.