Girls Hoops Drops to Paideia, Boys Win in Thriller

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls and boys basketball teams were in action on Saturday night, Dec. 10, hosting the Paideia School Lady Pythons and Pythons in GHSA 1A basketball at Coach Mac’s Court at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

In the girls contest, the Lady Vikings (4-2) saw their four-game winning streak snapped, falling to the Lady Pythons (5-4) 45-37.

Kate Patterson netted 13 points in the loss while Bailey Ruble made three 3-pointers for nine points.

FPD led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter and 23-15 at halftime.

But in the second half, the Lady Pythons used full-court defensive pressure to force the Lady Vikings into several untimely miscues.

Paideia netted 30 points in the second half while limiting FPD to 14 to take the win in come-from-behind fashion.

Kai Carter and Christina Walker paced the Lady Pythons with 24 and 15, respectively.

In the guys contest, the Vikings (2-2) snapped a quick one-game slide, defeating the Pythons (3-6) 52-50 in thrilling fashion.

Down by 10 heading into the fourth quarter, the Pythons rallied late with a made 3-pointer by William Dollar followed by a FPD turnover and two made free throws by Coleman Tappero to tie the game at 50 with 17.8 second to play.

FPD put the ball in the hands of Armaun Smith, who dribbled the full length of the floor through heavy traffic and made a lay-up with just under 10 seconds remaining.

Paideia final attempts at a game-tying lay-up was negated by an offensive foul and the Vikings held on for the victory.

Smith led the Viking offense with 14 points while Maurice Gordon poured in 12.

Jalen Essick and Solomon Burt-Murray finished with 19 and 12 points for the Pythons.

FPD led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter and 27-16 at halftime. Heading into the final frame, FPD led 41-31.

The Lady Viking and Vikings return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 13, hosting the Bleckley County Lady Royals and Royals.

Tip-off for the varsity girls contest is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the Vikings to follow at 7 p.m. at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

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PAIDEIA 8-7-14-16 — 45
FPD 11-12-9-5 — 37

Paideia: Kai Carter 24, Christina Walker 15, Katherine Jordak 2, Alana Hodges 2, Helen Latting 2.

FPD: Kate Patterson 13, Bailey Ruble 9, Sadie Frame 5, Emma Lako 5, Kennedy Cauley 2, Gracie Matthews 2, Molly Lee 1.

3-pointers: FPD – Bailey Ruble 3; Paideia – Walker 3, Carter 2.

Records: FPD 4-2, Paideia 5-4.

Next: Bleckley County at FPD, 6 p.m., Tuesday.


Paideia 6-10-15-19 — 50
FPD 13-14-14-11 — 52

Paideia: Jalen Essick 19, Solomon Burt-Murray 12, Jordan Kunney 6, Jaylan Troutman 4, Coleman Tappero 4, William Dollar 3, Luke Smith 1, Sam Smith 1.

FPD: Armaun Smith 14, Maurice Gordon 12, Caleb Kelly 7, Henry Middlebrooks 7, C.J. Harris 4, Stephen Summerow 4, Wesley Wilson 4.

3-pointers: Paideia – William Dollar.

Records: FPD 2-2, Paideia 3-6.

Next: Bleckley County at FPD, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday.