Thomson's varsity basketball teams both started last week with losses and ended it with wins.
On Jan. 24, the perennial powerhouse Hephzibah Lady Rebels defeated the Thomson girls' team 70-28. The Hephzibah boys' team also beat the Bulldogs 77-55 to extend their losing streak to seven games. Fred Johnson had 18 points, and Rodney Harris added 13 in the loss.
Nathaniel Jones shoots a fall-away jumper against Jefferson County Saturday night.
Photo by Parish Howard/Morris News Service
Cross Creek's girls defeated the Lady Bulldogs 57-34 on Jan. 27. Ajalia Brinson led the Thomson girls with 14 points.
Domonique Reese added eight points and two steals, and Nicole Kendrick grabbed eight rebounds.
"Cross Creek just had too many weapons," said Thomson girls' coach Eric Rogers.
In the boys' game, the Bulldogs (11-10) were able to pull out a slim 68-66 win over Cross Creek.
Johnson led Thomson in scoring with 19. Deltrick Sneed was close behind with 18 pointsand nine boards. Tim Daniels added 15 of his own. Nathaniel Jones had four steals, and Rakeem Sturgis dished out seven assists.
On Jan. 28, both teams were able to put it all together against Jefferson County.
The boys came away with a 59-56 win. The girls (5-14) took home a 67-52 victory as well.
Sneed led the Bulldogs on the court with 13 points and nine rebounds. Harris also contributed 12 points and eight rebounds. Johnson had 11 points, and Jones had four steals. Sturgis added six points and five assists.
In the girls' win, Chiquita Kendrick had 12 points while her sister Keywana Kendrick added seven points and a huge 18 rebounds. Reese also had a solid line with nine points, seven assists and four steals.
"We came out and played good aggressive basketball for four quarters. Keywana Kendrick and her sister Chiquita Kendrick did a great job, especially in the 4th quarter," Coach Rogers said.
"...Everyone contributed, and we kept up the pressure the entire game and finally wore Jefferson County down."
Both teams play the last game of the regular season Feb. 3 at the Doghouse in Thomson.
The girls play at 7 p.m., and the boys begin at 8:30 p.m.