The Thomson girls' basketball team found a way to take out an opponent that had beaten them once before this season. At the same time, the boys extended their losing streak to five games.
The Lady Bulldogs (4-12) got their first win since a 68-52 victory against Jefferson County on Jan. 7. Coach Eric Rogers' girls beat Burke County 59-53 on Jan. 21 after losing to the Lady Bears by 16 points on Dec. 6.
Kim Johnson and Domonique Reese both poured in 12 points against Burke County. Kewayna Kendrick and Patience Robinson grabbed 12 boards each in the win, and Nikosha Hudson had four assists and four steals.
"We played hard and aggressive in the second half and pressed them and got some easy scores and converted them," Coach Rogers said. "I was proud of the way they came back from being down and just played ball."
The victory helped the Lady Bulldogs bounce back from a loss earlier in the week. Butler beat the Thomson girls 44-36 on Jan. 17. Johnson was the star of that game with a solid 15 point, eight-rebound performance. Kendrick added nine boards.
"They threw a little press on us during a stretch in the third quarter. We didn't handle the ball, and that converted into easy baskets for them," Coach Rogers said. "We kept working and got within 4 points but just missed some shots and free throws. I like the effort the girls are playing with and seeing them hustle through all four quarters."
During last week's games, the boys were looking for someone to step up and pull them out of the slump in which they've recently found themselves. Since beating Jefferson County 68-52 on Jan. 7, the Bulldogs have lost five straight and fallen to an even .500 record, 9-9.
Coach Michael Thomas' team lost to Butler 69-54 on Jan. 17. They also fell to Burke County 77-73 on Jan. 21.
Both Thomson teams play in the Doghouse on Friday against Cross Creek. The girls' game begins at 7 p.m., and the boys start at 8:30. On Saturday evening, both teams will travel to Jefferson County.