AUGUSTA -- Missed opportunities have set the Lady Bulldogs of Thomson High School back again as the second half of the 2010-11 basketball season gets under way.
Case in point was their loss to the Richmond Academy Lady Musketeers in Augusta last Friday night. The final score was 56-44.
More important, it was a Region 3-AAA game -- the first one of the season.
"We've got to do a better job of preparing," said Thomson head coach Michael Williams after the loss. "If we had blocked out, we could have won this game."
Thomson had been scheduled to play their next region game against the Harlem High Lady Bulldogs Tuesday night, but a winter storm had schools closed in the area on Monday and Tuesday. It was not immediately known when that game would be made up. The Lady Bulldogs are not scheduled to play again until Tuesday, when they play host to the Westside High Lady Patriots.
"We're going to have to do what we do best -- continue to work hard and learn how to run the press better," coach Williams said.
"We didn't play as well as I was hoping we'd play," said coach Williams, who is now in his third season at Thomson High School.
"We've got to improve our play all the way around."
The Lady Bulldogs made only 11 of 29 free throws.
"That's something we've got to get better at," said coach Williams. "We can't shoot like that at the free-throw line and expect to win ballgames."
Thomson got off to a sluggish start and at one point, it looked as though they might not get a basket during the first quarter.
Nekia McNair changed all of that when she hit a layup shot with 2:04 left in the initial quarter.
As a result, it made it a 10-2 game.
Teammate Jadah Lawson later connected on one of two free-throws, which trimmed ARC's lead to 10-3.
By the end of the first quarter, the Lady Musketeers had built up a 9-point lead, 12-3.
Sharlette Farmer, a senior, helped the Lady Bulldogs down the stretch in the second half, as they attempted a comeback.
A couple of times, they got within 7 points of their opponents -- only to be outwitted by an impressive ARC team.
"I liked the way we never gave up," said coach Williams.
"That was a positive for us."