FPD girls basketball head coach Charley Chase was quick to admit that Tuesdays game with Hancock Central was probably not his teams best effort.
But the Vikings, who have climbed to 20th in the GHSA Class A private school rankings -- the top 16 go to the postseason -- found a way to win on an off night as they squeezed out a 42-41 overtime win.
Savannah Phillips led the Vikings (9-6, 3-1 Region 7B-A) with 18 points.
A region win is almost like a double win for us, Chase said. It was one of those games that we never really got into a good flow and had to struggle for every point. But I am very proud that these girls never quit and found a way to win a game under a lot of adversity.
FPD led 17-16 at the half, but Hancock Central got six points from Jamesha Nolley in the third quarter as the Bulldogs grabbed a 26-23 lead heading into the final quarter.
Hancock Central led 31-27 with a little more than two minutes left in the game, but the Vikings answered with a huge 3-pointer from Phillips and a free throw from Sydney Reese. After Hancock Central regained the lead on two free throws by Qytia Williams, who led the Bulldogs with 19 points, Phillips once again tied it with another basket.
After Williams made two more free throws with 27 seconds left, Reese tied the game with 2.6 seconds left on a putback, and the game went to overtime.
FPD jumped out to a 41-38 lead in overtime on two free throws by Caroline Stroud, but Williams connected on two more free throws to make it a one-point game with 30 seconds left.
After Stroud added another free throw to put FPD up two, Williams was fouled on a 3-point attempt and went to the line for three free throws. She only made one of the three, and FPD escaped with a one-point win.
We knew it was a game that we had to have and we just tried to stay together, Phillips said. I think we know by now that every game we play is going to be close, and we are all happy to get another win.
Hancock Centrals boys improved to 3-1 in the region and 8-5 overall with a 72-52 victory over FPD. Marquis Smith had 22 points for Hancock Central and Montkevious Fluellen added 16, while T.J. Sams paced FPD (1-15, 0-4) with 20 points.