The Lady Bulldogs of Thomson High School split a pair of basketball games over the weekend. They suffered a 52-47 loss to Hancock Central's Lady Bulldogs on Friday night in Sparta. The next night, they returned home, where they defeated the Warren County Lady Screaming Devils 46-39.
Thomson was scheduled to have played Hancock Central again Tuesday. Results of that game will be included in next week's edition of The McDuffie Mirror .
The Lady Bulldogs will take a few days off for the Christmas break before returning to action Jan. 7 against the Academy of Richmond County Lady Musketeers in Augusta.
Thomson head coach Michael Williams said that in the loss to Hancock Central his players did not play the way they had been practicing.
"We allowed too much dribble penetration, and we stood around too much on the offensive end," coach Williams said. "That is something that we must improve upon."
Thomson's Brittany Reid scored 23 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs. She was followed by Nekia McNair with 11 points, Ke'Onda Bradshaw, 5, Asheleigh Burnett, 4, Brittanica Howard, 2, and Sharlette Farmer, 2.
In the victory over Warren County -- the second time this season that Thomson has defeated the Lady Screaming Devils from Warrenton -- Reid led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 17 points.
Other Thomson players scoring in that game included: LaKeedra Cooper, 10, Burnett, 6, McNair, 6, Bradshaw, 5, and Farmer, 2.
"We played a complete game against Warren County," coach Williams said. "We allowed little dribbled penetration, rebounded well and moved with more purpose on offense. We maintained the lead the majority of the game and had to withstand a Warren County comeback in the fourth quarter."
The Lady Screaming Devils managed to hit three 3-point baskets in a row to cut Thomson's lead to 4 points.
"I was proud of how the girls bent but never broke as Warren County applied pressure the last few minutes," coach Williams said.