FPC splits victories with Western Texas College
The Lady Plainsmen claimed a ten point victory, while the Plainsmen came up two points shy in a conference matchup on Saturday in Borger.The ladies were up first in what would be a close contest throughout the first half. Rodriguez, Sullivan, and Thomas all have field goals early for FPC. Good defense forces WTC to be called for a shot clock violation, and Thomas also has a block on the defensive end.The score was stuck at 8-7 for awhile, until Sullivan completes a three point play. Halfway through the first, the score was tied at 10. Obong hits two field goals, one coming after an offensive rebound and the other on an assist from Rodriguez. FPC then commits consecutive unforced turnovers.Swoopes scores the final six points of the half, with a fadeaway jumper, a drive in the lane, and a coast-to-coast lay in after a steal. FPC was down by one at the half 22-21.The Lady Plainsmen pull away in the second half, opening with Thomas and Campbell scores. Lytle also hits two from the charity stripe. Thomas gets hot from three point land, hitting two in a row for FPC to give them a five point lead. Smith finds an open Sullivan for another two.Thomas gets hot again, with two field goals and two more three pointers, also adding a steal to the mix. The ladies now had a healthy 13 point lead over WTC.Lytle goes 6/6 from the line, and Swoopes 4/4 to end the contest. The Lady Plainsmen win this one, 60-50.Thomas led all scorers with 24 points. She hit five three pointers and also had two blocks. Swoopes finished with 12 points for FPC, and Lytle was 100% from the free throw line, sinking all 8 of her attempts.The men also came out and played a very close first half with WTC. Zivkovic has the first field goal for FPC, and Hill hits a three to tie the game up at five early. Hill breaks free and lays it in on a fast break, and Nelson finds Zivkovic inside for two.After another three from Hill, the Plainsmen were down by one. WTC turns the ball over which leads to Nelson sinking a three on the other end to put FPC up by two.Although attempts were made earlier, the three ball just wouldn’t fall for the Plainsmen. Nelson hits two free throws and also swipes the ball and goes the length of the floor for two.McDew finds Hill for the open dunk, and then McDew hits two jumpers for FPC. He then tips it in for the final points of the half, but FPC is down 31-30.The second half begins with McDew finding Hill inside for two. Nelson lays it in for two on a fast break, but can’t complete the three point play. Hill does complete a three point play, courtesy of an assist from Scott.Nelson finds A. Johnson under the bucket for two, and FPC finds themselves with a 41-33 lead, their biggest of the game.That wouldn’t last long, as WTC scores eight unanswered points. A. Johnson goes 4/4 from the free throw line to tie it up at 45. A McDew jumper puts FPC up by two, but that would be the last lead they would see.A three from WTC puts them up by 10 with 3:31 left in the contest. FPC would fight their way back in it with a three from Scott, free throws from Scott and McDew, and two more from A. Johnson. McDew hits a crucial three with 49.6 ticks left on the clock, and the Plainsmen are down 71-69. WTC does not score on their possession, and FPC has a chance to tie it up on the last possession. Time expires before FPC can find a good look, and they do not convert. 71-69 is the final for the two 11-6 teams.McDew and Hill finished with 17 points a piece. McDew also had 7 rebounds, and Hill 6. Nelson had 13 points and 4 steals for FPC, and Scott had 10 points and 5 assists.Both teams will be in action at home again on Monday, January 21st against conference foe New Mexico Junior College. Play begins at 5:45.