After winning their first four games this season, things have suddenly gone downhill for the Thomson High Lady Bulldogs basketball team.
Coach Michael Williams admits he's most concerned at this point in the season, because the Lady Bulldogs are struggling just as they start region competition.
"We've got to play better basketball than we've been playing, if we expect to make the playoffs," Williams said, noting that his team has shown a lot of improvement since the beginning of the season. "Right now, we're just not finishing the game. And we've got to stop making costly errors."
That's what happened to the Lady Bulldogs when they lost 47-40 at home to the Elbert County Lady Blue Devils on Saturday, Jan. 9.
It was the Lady Bulldogs' second loss in as many nights. The night before, they journeyed to Sandersville where they were shellacked by the Washington County Lady Golden Hawks 67-25.
In the game against Washington County, Thomson played without senior point guard Natasha Ballard. Ballard was held out because of academic reasons, Williams said She also saw little playing time in the Elbert County game.
"I have certain rules and everybody has to follow them," Williams said. "I feel that she will learn from this and finish strong in the classroom, as well as on the basketball court."
The Lady Bulldogs traveled to Sparta on Tuesday night to take on the Hancock Central Lady Bulldogs. This Friday, Thomson plays host to West Laurens, while on Saturday they travel to Waynesboro for a big region showdown against the Burke County Lady Bears.