FPC men, women record wins
Mikala ReiswigSports Editorsports@borgernewsherald.comThe FPC Lady Plainsmen played at home for the first time this season looking for their second win of the year, taking on SWCID.Play started with two quick field goals from freshman Shakirra Smith. Freshman Jacy Judd of Fritch drained a nice three pointer. Sophomore Akwar Obong is then fouled on her shot attempt and sinks both free throws. Judd adds two more, while sophomore Natasha Thomas has a nice offensive board for FPC. Freshman Mariah Jeffries has a nice defensive block and Smith steals it for a quick two. Thomas passes to Smith for two, and on the next series, Smith returns the favor and Thomas lays it in. Freshman A’Ja Griggs has a nice offensive board and a field goal. Freshman Honesty Sullivan sinks a three, while Judd steals it and lays it in for two. Freshman Markiesha Campbell ends the half with two field goals and Jeffries sinks a three for FPC. The Lady Plainsmen led 47-12 at the half, with Smith leading all scorers with 10. Twelve Lady Plainsmen were able to put points on the board in the half.The second half began with two field goals a piece from Griggs, Thomas, and freshman Rudy Rodriguez. Griggs also had a steal that led to two more for FPC. Campbell and sophomore Heather Perry, along with a three from freshman Saber Bohlar, helped the Lady Plainsmen keep the large lead. Smith has a nice defensive steal that leads to two easy points. Freshman Sharley Hale scores, and Smith steals it and passes to Bohlar for two more. A field goal a piece from Thomas and Bohlar completes the scoring for FPC, who wins 92-26 over SWCID. Smith led all scorers with 16, and Thomas was close behind with 13. Judd, Griggs, and Bohlar all got on the board with 9 points a piece. Fourteen of the fifteen Lady Plainsmen scored in the contest.FPC will travel to Liberal, KS for their next contest this weekend. Their next home game is not until Friday, January 4th against Ranger College. The FPC men were 4-1 coming into the contest against the Northwest Tech Mavericks out of Kansas, who would prove to be a tough opponent.Things started off quickly for FPC with sophomore Earl Hill dunking it over two Maverick defenders. The Plainsmen work it in to the big guy, sophomore Alex Zivkovic for another two to go up 4-0 early. The FPC defense struggled to take away drives inside by the Mavericks, and they took the lead back. After some nice offensive work, FPC gets Zivkovic free to dunk it, and sophomore Ronald Scott hits a three on the next series. Freshman Greg Monday hits a three of his own to pull FPC within one. Sophomore Taquan McDew has a steal that leads to a layup from sophomore Greg Nelson, and FPC has the three point lead and the momentum. NW Tech fights their way back in it, but McDew follows up a Hill miss with a nice dunk. Hill, sophomore Demetris Lafontant, and a three from sophomore Akeem Johnson rounds out the scoring in the first half, but the FPC defense was weak in the second part of the first half. They go into halftime down by 7, 37-30. Their largest lead of the half was the 4-0 lead at the beginning.The second half starts with a Zivkovic block that leads to two from Scott, but the Mavericks hit a 3 to go up by 10. FPC looks cold, and they go down by 12 early. That was all it took to get them going and FPC goes on a 13-2 run with a three from Scott and two threes from McDew, who also sinks two free throws. McDew hits yet another three, Scott drives for two, and Nelson is fouled on a follow-up and completes a three point play to tie the game at 58. They would never look back at this point, with great hustle from Scott, Nelson, and Hill on both sides of the ball. A McDew dunk gives FPC even more momentum. Zivkovic has three field goals and a free throw in the final minutes, and Scott and McDew each add another three to put the game away. The Plainsmen fight their way back in, never look back, and win this one 84-76 to improve to 5-1 on the year.Taquan McDew led all scorers with 32 points and 9 rebounds with four threes in the second half. Ronald Scott also had a great performance with 16 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds. Alex Zivkovic finished with 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks.Their next home game will be Wednesday, November 21st against Wayland Baptist. Play starts at 7:00pm.