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Point guard's injury played role in girls' loss to Richmond Hill

The basketball season is over for the Thomson High Lady Bulldogs.

It all came to an end when Thomson lost 53-29 to Richmond Hill in the first-round of the Region 3-AAA Girls' Basketball Tournament, in Dublin last Thursday.

The Lady Bulldogs were expected to have faired much better against Richmond Hill than they did, but when senior point guard Natasha Ballard got injured during the first 30 seconds of the first period, the hopes of the Thomson team immediately fell.

"When she went down trying to make a driving play to the basket, we all knew she had received a bad knee injury and that our chances of winning the game would be next to impossible without her," said head coach Michael Williams. "It really took a lot out of us not having her in the lineup. She was greatly missed."

As a result, coach Williams had to turn to several other players in an attempt to replace Ballard.

"I thought we played as well as we could to be honest without Natasha," coach Williams said.

Nekia McNair, a sophomore guard, led the Lady Bulldogs with 10 points. Other Thomson players scoring points in the region tournament game included: Brittany Reid with 7 points, Lakee'dra Cooper, 5; Asheleigh Burnett, 5; Ke'Onda Bradshaw and Shanequa Hudson, 1 point.

Web posted on Thursday, February 25, 2010

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