Wilco. Lady Warriors Slide by Lady Vikings 36-31 for Region 7-A Win

MACON, Ga. – Coming off a heartbreaking loss on Tuesday night, Jan. 12, to in-town rival Tattnall Square, the FPD Lady Vikings (10-7, 3-2 Reg. 7-A) couldn’t follow it up with a victory on Friday night at Coach Mac’s Court at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center, dropping a Region 7-A contest to the Wilkinson County Lady Warriors (4-11, 3-2 Reg. 7-A) 36-31.

The loss is FPD’s second straight overall and gives Wilkinson County a commanding 8-1 series lead over the Lady Vikings in the GHSA era.

“We just didn’t execute in many areas of the game,” FPD head girls coach John Griffin said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well at all. And we didn’t handle the defensive pressure from Wilkinson County in the half-court.”

Still, though, the Lady Vikings clung to leads throughout the contest.

FPD led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter and 15-14 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Lady Vikings would outscore the Lady Warriors 10-9 for a 25-23 lead heading into the fourth frame.

“I was hoping we would get out of the funk we were in the entire game and close out the game,” Griffin said. “But we didn’t make smart passes, didn’t play together as a team and all in all, we just didn’t execute.”

The Lady Warriors, however, did execute in fourth quarter.

Wilkinson County outscored the FPD 13-6 to take the win.

“You have to give them credit,” Griffin said. “They gave us a lot of problems tonight and we weren’t ready.”

FPD totaled 26 turnovers in the contest, more than the total number of rebounds the team had (22).

Kate Patterson paced FPD with 10 points, and eight rebounds while Emma Lako finished with nine points and three rebounds.

The Lady Warriors were led by the game-high 12 points of Ladasha Shinholster. Teammate and cousin Alexus Shinholster knocked in 10 in the victory for the Lady Warriors, who have won three of their past four games.

“We just didn’t play to our potential and our girls know that,” Griffin said. “From start to finish it wasn’t our night and now we put ourselves in a tough spot in the region. But the only way to go about it is to go after the next one, so that’s what we’ll do.”

FPD returns to action quickly, traveling to Atlanta on Saturday night, Jan. 16, to take on The Paideia School Lady Pythons in non-region play.

The Lady Pythons (11-5, 3-1 Reg. 5-A) most recently defeated Whitefield Academy 50-29 on Friday night.

Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Paideia.

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WCHS 8-6-9-13 — 36
FPD 11-4-10-6 — 31

Wilkinson County: Ladasha Shinholster 12, Alexus Shinholster 10, Zhakire Simmons 8, Ja’Tosjah Bolston 2, TyQuaisa Todd 2, Jamie Wilkerson 2.

FPD: Kate Patterson 11, Emma Lako 9, Sadie Frame 6, Bailey Ruble 3, Sydney Reese 2.

3-pointers: Wilkinson County 2 (A. Shinholster 2); FPD 1 (Ruble).

Records: FPD 10-7, 3-2 Reg. 7-A; Wilkinson County 4-11, 3-2 Reg. 7-A.

Next: FPD at Paideia, 6 p.m., Saturday.