Coach Eric Rogers' Lady Bulldogs of Thomson High are carrying a 4-15 overall record, a 3-8 region mark and a three-game losing streak as they prepare for the post-season.
The latest victory for the Lady Bulldogs came on Jan. 18 with a 49-35 win over the Butler Lady Bulldogs. Thomson outscored Butler in each of the four quarters to post the win.
THS opened the game with an 8-5 lead after one quarter of play and a 20-16 advantage at halftime. Thomson outscored Butler 11-8 and 18-11 in the second half to record its fourth victory of the year.
Shakia Bouttry was the leading scorer for Thomson with 23 points. She was followed by Kim Johnson with seven points. Bouttry was also the leading rebounder with seven.
Nikosha Hudson led the Lady Bulldogs in steals with nine. Bouttry added five takeaways.
"Our team hustled on defense, which led to some easy baskets for us," Coach Rogers said. "We also moved the ball real well on offense. Overall, this was our best effort so far this year for a complete game."
The three-game losing skid for the Lady Bulldogs began on Jan. 22 with an 86-44 loss to the Burke County Lady Bears. Burke County scored at least 19 points in each of the four quarters to post the win.
"We came out flat from the start and dug ourselves a big hole," Coach Rogers said. "Burke County is too good of a team to allow anyone to make a run on them. They pressed us the entire game, and we didn't handle the pressure."
Bouttry was the leading scorer for the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points. She was followed by Shannon Williams with nine points. Johnson was the leading rebounder with 10.
On Jan. 25, the mighty Lady Rebels of Hephzibah defeated the Lady Bulldogs 65-42 at the Thomson Gym. The Lady Rebels opened the game with a 23-10 lead before exploding for a 43-14 advantage at halftime.
"I was disappointed with this loss, but very proud of our players. They could have folded in the first half, but they showed some character and came out, scrapped and hustled in the second half against the No. 1 team in the state," Coach Rogers said.
Shannon Williams was the leading scorer for Thomson with 13 points. She was followed by Bouttry with eight points.
The Lady Razorbacks of Cross Creek defeated Thomson 55-38 on Jan. 28 in a key region game. This loss dropped the Lady Bulldogs to 4-15 overall and to 3-8 in region play.
Thomson opened the game with a 10-9 lead in the first quarter, but collapsed in the second period, as Cross Creek outscored Thomson 16-2. The Lady Razorbacks outscored Thomson 15-13 in both the third and fourth periods.
"As you can tell by the score, the second quarter was it," Rogers said. "Cross Creek came out in a zone, and we played well, and then they switched to a man-to-man defense. When they did this, we didn't move the ball on offense or run the offense."
Bouttry was the leading scorer for Thomson with 14 points. She was followed by Williams with eight points.