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Lady Bullldogs fall to Warriors, Tigers

The Thomson High School Lady Bulldogs lost two close basketball games last weekend.

The first loss was against the Jefferson County Lady Warriors on the road Friday night. The final score was 46-35.

Then in Thomson's first home game of the season against the Greene County Lady Tigers of Greensboro on Saturday night, the Lady Bulldogs committed a turnover late in the game that led to a heartbreaking 37-36 loss.

This Friday night, the Lady Bulldogs are hoping to get back on the winning track as they journey to Sparta to play the Hancock Central Lady Bulldogs. Thomson will return to its home court on Saturday night to entertain the Lady Screaming Devils of Warren County High School.

A story about those two games will appear in next week's edition.

Thomson head coach Michael Williams said his team came out flat against Jefferson County.

The Lady Bulldogs fell behind 24-7 in the first half.

"In the second half, we exhibited more effort and got to within 6 points," coach Williams said. "But we had a few defensive breakdowns that allowed the Warriors of Jefferson County to gain their momentum back. We hurt ourselves with poor defensive rotations and turnovers."

Thomson committed 25 turnovers in that game.

LaKeedra Cooper led Thomson scorers with 9 points. She was followed by Nikia McNair, 8; Jadah Lawson and Sharlette Farmer, with 5 each; Brittany Reid, 4; Ke'Onda Bradshaw and Ashleigh Burnett with 2 points.

In the team's loss to Greene County -- their second loss to the Lady Tigers this season -- the team got behind early but made a valiant effort down the stretch, coach Williams said.

"We came out without much intensity on defense and too much stagnation on offense," coach Williams said.

At halftime, the Lady Bulldogs trailed 20-9.

"In the second half, we played up to our potential with Ke'Onda Bradshaw and Brittany Reid leading us offensively," coach Williams explained. " Nekia McNair led our defensive effort."

Thomson bounced back to take the lead for the first time in the game, 24-22, as the third quarter ended.

During the fourth and final quarter, the lead exchanged hands several times.

With just five seconds left in the game, Thomson called a timeout, hoping to set up a winning shot at the last second.

It never materialized. Thomson turned the ball over to the Lady Tigers.

Reid led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Lawson scored 6 points and had 3 steals, McNair, 4 points and 4 steals, Bradshaw with 8 points and Burnett with 4 points and 10 rebounds.

Web posted on Thursday, December 16, 2010

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