The Thomson High School Bulldogs started their season with a split.
They defeated the Jefferson County Warriors 76-72 in the season opener, which was played at Jefferson County High School near Louisville on Nov. 30. The Bulldogs didn't fair as well last Tuesday night in Augusta when they took on the T.W. Josey Eagles. Thomson lost by 10 points, 84-74, despite solid performances by Brandon Holmes, who scored a season-high 28 points and Tim Daniels, who tossed in 21 points.
In the Jefferson County game, the Bulldogs were led by three players in double-figures. They included leading scorer, Daniels, a senior guard, with 14 points; Brandon Holmes, a senior forward, 12; and LaQuinton Fort, a senior guard, 11.
Other Thomson players scoring points in that game included: Richard Johnson, a junior guard, 9; Mike Berry, a senior guard, 8; Radney Tutt, a junior forward, 5; Antonio Sturgis, a senior guard, 4; James Taylor, a senior guard, 4; and Terrance Houston, a senior forward, 3, respectively. Six of Johnson's points during the game came on two three-point baskets.
The Jefferson County Warriors were led by Mike Tennyson's 12; Barry Bostic, 11; and Norman Battie, 10.
At the end of the first quarter, Thomson led by just three points, 18-15. By halftime, the Bulldogs pulled out to a 10-point lead, 39-29. By the end of the third quarter, it looked as though Thomson would win easily - up by 18 points, 58-40, going into the fourth period of play. The Bulldogs ended up savoring the win by just four points.
It was a different story when they played Josey's Eagles.
Thomson kept it close until the third period when Josey outscored Thomson 24-13. The inability to shoot bonus shots also was a contributing factor in the loss. The Bulldogs connected on only 15 of 28 free-throws. At the free-throw line, Josey wasn't much better, hitting only 19 of 34 free-throws.
At the end of the first period, Thomson led 18-17. The second period saw the Eagles outscore the Bulldogs by four points, 23-19. Thomson returned the favor in the fourth period.
Aside from the offensive performances of Holmes and Daniels, other players scoring in the Josey game for Thomson included: Johnson, 8, Fort, 8, Sturgis, 2, Eubanks, 1, Taylor, 2, Berry, 2 and Houston, 2, respectively.