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Ballard's aggressive play gets Thomson to free-throw line

GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Instead of getting the job done in an easier manner, the Lady Bulldogs of Thomson High School took the more difficult way. Nevertheless, they managed to pull out their second win of the young basketball season -- a 46-45 overtime thriller over the Greene County High Lady Tigers.

Thomson senior point guard Natasha Ballard sank a pair of free-throws with 14 seconds remaining in the four-minute overtime period that led to the victory.

"I was real nervous," said Ballard, as she recalled stepping up to the free-throw line to attempt the all-important shots. "I was relieved after making both shots. It was great to win again. We couldn't have done it without teamwork."

Equally as happy about the win was second-year Thomson head coach Michael Williams.

"It was good to see them fight back -- to see them finish and get another win," he said.

Before going to the bonus line to shoot the free-throws, Ballard had stolen the ball from a Greene County player and was fouled.

With 1:44 to play in regulation, the Lady Bulldogs held a 37-32 lead over the Lady Tigers. The five-point lead came after Thomson sophomore guard Nekia McNair hit senior forward KiKi Tanksley on a feed pass.

The Lady Tigers eventually tied the game 38-38, which sent it into overtime.

During various stretches of the game, Thomson received good play from: Ballard, Tanksley, McNair, Breanna Chatman, Kierra Brown and Sharlette Farmer.

Ballard led the charge with 20 points. She was the only Thomson player to score in double figures.

The Lady Bulldogs return to action Saturday night when they play host to the Lady Screaming Devils from Warren County High School. Game time is 7 p.m.

On Tuesday night, Thomson will play host to the Lady Patriots of Westside High School in Augusta.

Web posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009

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