Both of Thomson Middle School's basketball teams have begun their respective seasons on a winning note. Two-thirds of the way through the season, both teams are above the .500 mark.
The boys are 5-4 overall with wins over middle school teams from Burke County, Glascock, Hancock and Warrenton.
The girls are 6-3 so far with wins over Burke County, Glascock, Warrenton and Wrens.
According to Nick Brinson, who coaches both teams, the girls' strength is that they play well as a team. He said they are willing to learn what needs to be done to help them be successful.
He added that it's working so far. If the girls beat Washington County both times during their remaining games, they will be the No. 1 seed on their side of the region playoffs, and that is what he is trying to get them ready for.
"We're working on preparing the girls to continue to play at the level they're playing and building on what they've already done so they'll be prepared when we go to the playoffs," Coach Brinson said.
The starting five for the girls' team has played well all season, according to Coach Brinson. In particular, he said starting point guard Jasmine Surrency is a good decision maker. Also, Kiera Brown is fast, athletic and a good defender.
But it is starting forward Natasha Ballard who is likely the star of the team, though.
"She's probably our best basketball player," Coach Brinson said. "She's a big girl. She can handle the ball. She makes good decisions with the ball. She plays good defense, also."
Stars on the boys' team include Deandre Williams and Lequeale Myers who Coach Brinson said are playing well by using their knowledge of the game and following the directions of the coaches.
If the boys win out for the rest of the season, they could make the region playoffs.
But it will take mental toughness to pull off that feat.
"They've got the athleticism to do what needs to be done, but they need to get a little bit more mentally tough," Coach Brinson said.
Both teams have five remaining regular season games. The next home game is Jan. 19 against Washington County. The girls' game begins at 4 p.m., and the boys begin following that game.