St. Francis too Much for Lady Vikings in 80-23 Loss in Round One of GHSA State Tournament

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The no. 16 seeded FPD varsity girls basketball team (14-13) fell in the opening round of the GHSA Class-A Private  State Tournament on Saturday evening to the no. 1 seeded St. Francis Lady Knights (28-1) 80-23 to end the 2015-16 season.

The Lady Knights advance to the Elite Eight for the fifth consecutive season.

“We were up against a tall task today,” FPD head girls coach John Griffin said. “St. Francis is a really good basketball team and they have had one for the past four to five years. They are the number one seed for a reason and they showed it tonight.”

The Lady Knights did indeed show a lot, jumping out to a 25-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 42-15 lead at the half.

“They play fast, physical and smart,” Griffin said. “We just didn’t have an answer for them tonight. But I’m proud of the girls for having a chance to compete at the state level as one of the best 16 teams. And I’m proud of the seniors for helping us get to where we want to be going as a basketball program.”

In the second half, the Lady Vikings were outscored 38-8 as the Lady Knights took the win.

St. Francis was led by the 30 points of Jala Jordan. Maya Dodson and Nichel Tampa knocked in 16 and 10, respectively.

“That’s a team that’s going to cause some problems for other folks in this tournament,” Griffin said. “Hats off to Coach Aisha Kennedy and her staff on a well-deserved win.”

The loss brings not only and end to the 2015-16 season but an end to three careers for the Lady Vikings: seniors Ali Purdy, Sydney Reese and Caroline Harrison.

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2016 for their hard work and dedication to the basketball program throughout your years at FPD. We wish you God’s richest blessings in your lives!

Check for updates on the varsity girls basketball team in the off-season.

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FPD 7-8-8-0 — 23
St. Francis 25-17-24-14 — 80

FPD: Emma Lako 9, Sydney Reese 5, Sadie Frame 3, Ali Purdy 2, Molly Lee 2, Bailey Ruble 2.

St. Francis: Jala Jordan 30, Maya Dodson 16, Nichel Tampa 10, Kennedy Powell 9, Taja Cummings 7, Olivia Swanston 5, Sarah Recht 3.

3-pointers: FPD 4 (Purdy 1, Reese 1, Frame 1, Lako 1); St. Francis 2 (Powell 1, Swanston 1).

Records: FPD 14-13, St. Francis 28-1.

Next: End of season for FPD.