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Lady Bulldogs have tough time

The Lady Bulldogs of Thomson High School have discovered the going just as rough in the second half of the basketball season as they did during the first half - difficult to win.

This past weekend, the Lady Bulldogs of Head Coach Eric Rogers suffered a pair of losses in as many days. They traveled to Augusta last Friday night where they lost to the Glenn Hills Spartans 50-34 in their first Region 3-AAA encounter of the season. They then played host to the Greene County Lady Tigers of Greensboro last Saturday night in a non-region affair and were defeated 56-40.

As has been the case all season long, the Lady Bulldogs continue to experience problems controlling the ball. Turnovers and their lack of being able to work the ball to the inside more for better percentage shots have proved costly.

And no one knows that any better than Coach Rogers. As he mentioned during a pre-season interview, the team just has to continue to work hard when it comes to their weaknesses.

In their latest loss, the Lady Bulldogs were nearly blown out during the first quarter against the visiting Lady Tigers of Greene County, who got off to an early 12-0 run less than four minutes into the start of the game. Thomson's Natasha Ballard, who ended up scoring 20 points, recorded the team's first basket at the 4:01 mark of the first quarter.

At the end of the first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs trailed the Lady Tigers, 15-7. The Thomson team managed to hit a three-point shot early in the second to cut the Greene County lead to nine, 19-10.

Quickness and the ability to play superb defense by the Lady Tigers finally took its toll on the less experienced Thomson team, as they trailed 33-17 at halftime.

Much the same was the case during the second half with the exception of Thomson's Brianna Hart, Andrea Culpepper, Etoryia Anderson and Jai'Tabitha Ballard.

Greene County was led by Kendra Evans with 17 points, followed by Ashley Parks with 13.

The Lady Bulldogs were to have played their second region game of the season against the Harlem High Lady Bulldogs this past Tuesday night. Results of that game will appear in next week's edition.

In the game against Glenn Hills, Ballard, a sophomore, again tossed in 20 points for the Lady Bulldogs.

After being down by a mere basket, 14-12 following first quarter play, the Lady Bulldogs then developed problems being able to score.

The end result - they were outscored 17-6. Things were just as bad for them on the offensive side in the third quarter when they matched that number.

Fortunately, the Lady Spartans also suffered a setback during that eight-minute span, scoring only five points.

Clara Lyons led the Lady Spartans with 13 points.

This coming Friday night, Thomson travels back to Augusta to play Cross Creek's Lady Razorbacks before playing host to Washington County's Lady Golden Hawks next Tuesday night. Both of those games are region matchups.

Web posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008

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