FPCA faced Twiggs Academy on Saturday night at St. James.
Both the girls and boys Highlanders won their last home game of the year. It was also Senior Night, recognizing senior players along with the swim team’s senior member and two foreign exchange students who participated in cheer and basketball.
The Lady Highlander edged out Twiggs 37-35. FPCA kept the lead for the entire game, but didn’t get any time to relax. Twiggs kept the score uncomfortably close the second half, pressuring the Highlander basket and drawing numerous fouls.
This win puts the FPCA girls tied for third in the region and a coin toss on Monday will determine their spot. Cassandra Ruff scored 17 points, Mary Kathryn Whitney 7, Cecilia Graham 5, Auset Gibbs 5, Jelissa Estrada 2 and Helana Scott 1.
In another blowout, the boys won 89-39. George Mitchell was honored when coach Shane Smith called a surprise time out to note Mitchell’s 1,000th point for his career. He scored 21 points for the night.
Another historic moment was announced when John Killough set the record for the most rebounds per game at 23. The previous record was held by graduate Hakeem Golden. Killough netted 16 points in the game.
Tray Harris, had 16 points as well. Khalyn Weekley 13, Brandon Attical 10, Simon Steele 9, Sensier Carnes 2 and Marcus Williams 2.
The win has the Highlanders on top of the region with a record of 10-0.
During halftime, FPCA seniors and foreign exchange students were recognized. Recognized for basketball were Mitchell, Harris, Attical, Killough, Graham, Whitney, Gibbs, Emma Pyykkonen and Asta Saerkjaer. Recognized for swim was Xavier McCartney.
Honors for Killough were not over for the night. It was also announced that he had been named FPCA’s STAR student. Killough spoke and said he was honored to be awarded. He named Lee Christensen, Bible teacher, his STAR teacher.