Both the girls and boys varsity basketball teams for Thomson High School found their way into the Region 3-AAA tournament that takes place in Burke County this week.
The boys ended the regular season with a 19-5 record (8-3 region). The girls finished up at 8-15 overall and were tied for the final region playoff spot. They defeated Butler 46-32 on Monday to earn that spot.
Thomson's Terease Thorton fakes a shot.
Girls' Coach James Newsome said his young team has used this year to build on success for next year. He also hopes the team will come together when it counts.
"Although I do have some talent, I hope that they'll peak at the region," he said.
Coach Newsome said the team will have a different look for the playoffs.
He hopes his team will surprise some of the opponents in the region tournament.
"They're not going to be able to just key on certain things that we normally did," he said. "The defense is definitely going to be tighter."
The boys' team put away Crosscreek 71-53 in the final game of the regular season on Friday.
According to Coach Michael Thomas, his team has played smart all season, which is what he asked of them.
"All of them play good defense because it is very important to our success," Coach Thomas said.
Coach Thomas also said the region tournament could be a dangerous place for his Bulldogs because all the teams have the potential to play well.
"Different opponents present different problems," he said. "None is any more difficult than any other per say."
The first game of the region tournament for the boys' team was late on Wednesday night against Jones County.