The FPD Vikings gave Landmark Christian all it could handle for the first half Saturday.
But the Vikings were outscored by 21 points in the second half and dropped a 62-41 decision to the region-leading Eagles. Landmark improves to 13-1 overall and 6-0 in GHSA 9-A Region, while FPD falls to 9-10 overall and 3-3 in the region.
“I thought we played a great early,” said FPD head coach Michael Brooker, whose team had a big win Friday night over Southwest Atlanta Christian. “I think we probably got a little fatigued in the second half, and they are just a very quick team and will wear you down.”
Houston Kessler, who was scoreless in the first half, scored 20 points in the second half for Landmark. Twelve of those came in the decisive third quarter.
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With Kessler going 0-for-6 from the field in the first half, the Vikings were able to grab the early momentum and led 11-4 on a Caleb Dupree basket midway through the first quarter. Their final lead of the game was at 20-19 on Matt McCommon’s third 3-pointer of the first half late in the second quarter, but Justin Ross scored for the Eagles to give them a one–point lead at the intermission.
The Vikings hung around for the first few minutes of the third quarter, trailing by only one at 26-25 on another Dupree basket. But behind Kessler, Landmark outscored FPD 16-5 during the final four minutes of the quarter and then blew it open with a 9-2 spurt at the start of the fourth quarter.
FPD had three players in double figures to roll to a 57-30 win in the girls game. Savannah Phillips had 13 points and nine assists to lead the way, while Lizzie Lisenby and Luci Allen both scored 10 for the Lady Vikings (10-9).