The hardwood has been a tough place of late for the Thomson High School Bulldogs.
Now that the second half of the season is about to get under way, Thomson head coach Michael Thomas is hoping his players have gotten over their shortfalls.
During the Richmond County Christmas Tournament, the Bulldogs lost a pair of a games.
But on Saturday night, the Bulldogs rebounded with an 80-70 victory over the visiting Hancock Central Bulldogs of Sparta.
Thomson, now 5-3 on the season, played in the Swainsboro Christmas Tournament earlier this week in Swainsboro. Games were set for Monday and Tuesday. A recap of those games will be featured in next week's edition, as well as coverage from the game against the Grovetown Warriors this Saturday night in Columbia County.
The game against Grovetown will mark the first time the teams have met because Grovetown is a new school.
In the game against Hancock Central this past weekend, Thomson tossed in 20 or more points in each of the first three periods, which spelled the difference in the outcome of the game. Thomson tossed in 21 points during the first eight minutes, while limiting Hancock Central to 15. In the second period, Thomson outscored their opponents by seven points, 20-13.
By halftime, Thomson had built a 41-28 lead.
One of the biggest reasons, Thomson played so well against Hancock Central was the outstanding long-range shooting ability of senior Deandre Williams, who scored a season-high 28 points. Williams nailed six three-point baskets.
Hancock Central was led by Ricky Chapman with 20 points and Marcus Walker with 16.