The Lady Bulldogs of Thomson High School continue to find the going tough on the basketball court this season.
Thomson lost a heartbreaker against the Lady Bulldogs of Hancock Central at home last Friday night. The final score was 43-41, as Hancock Central's Jakira Ward, a sophomore, made the winning basket at the buzzer.
In a trip to Augusta on Saturday night, the Lady Bulldogs again came up short, losing to the Lucy Laney Lady Wildcats 53-40.
Thomson had won only one game this season going into Tuesday night's game against Morgan County's Lady Bulldogs at the Thomson gym. Friday night, the Lady Bulldogs of first year Head Coach Michael Williams play host to the Washington County Lady Golden Hawks in a key region game. Then on Saturday night, Thomson travels to Elberton to take on Elbert County.
In the game against Hancock Central, Thomson played one of their best games all season.
At halftime, Thomson held a 24-20 lead, which they saw disappear with a little more than two minutes to play in the third period. Hancock went on an 8-point run before Thomson finally scored again on a basket by Natasha Ballard, who finished the game with 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers.
Despite getting down a little bit in that stretch and making several sloppy turnovers, Thomson never gave up. They bounced right back to tie the game at 39-39 with 3:08 remaining in the game. With just a little more than 10 seconds left, a Thomson player had a chance to win the game, but a poor shot attempt put the ball back in the hands of the visitors.
Ward quickly worked her way to the inside on the opposite end of the court where she received a pass and shot what turned out to be the winning basket.
Aside from Ballard's 14 points, other teammates scoring in that game for Thomson included: Zakia Wilson, 8; Chiquita Kendrick, 8; Andrea Culpepper, 7; and Etoryia Anderson, 4 points.
Hancock Central was led by Tanierria Brown and Deanna Franklin with 13 points each.
Against Lucy Laney, Thomson was led in scoring by Kendrick with 11. She was followed by Ballard, 10; Anderson, 6; Wilson, 5; Culpepper, 2; Kierra Brown, 2; Brianna Hart, 2; and KiKi Tankersley, 2 points.
Lucy Laney was led by Taylor Ayers with 21 points.