The Thomson High School Lady 'Dogs opened their season Saturday with a 38-32 victory over the Monticello Lady Hurricanes.
"We knew eventually we were going to wear them down," head coach Michael Williams said after the game. "And that was our game plan coming into the game, just to keep running and to wear them down."
The two teams appeared evenly matched in the first half. Monticello scored the first goal of the game just a minute and a half into play, and held Thomson scoreless for the first two and a half minutes. The score was tied at 6-6 at the end of the first period.
Both teams continued to match baskets in the second period, and the teams went into the locker room at halftime with the score tied at 14.
The Lady 'Dogs broke the game open in the third period, quickly scoring the first basket and holding the Lady 'Canes scoreless for the first six and a half minutes of the third period. Thomson scored eleven unanswered points before Monticello finally made a basket with 1:25 left in the period, bringing the score to 25-16.
"We felt they'd be tired after the half," Williams said. "So we just kept playing both ends of the court, and that's how we held them scoreless for most of the third period."
Monticello did mount something of a comeback in the fourth period, pulling within a basket, with the score at 30-28.
Thomson wasn't done scoring, though, adding eight more points before the end of the game with a final score of 38-32.
"We almost gave it back to them in the fourth," Williams said. "They started pressing, and we didn't respond properly, and that's something we have to work on."
Junior Jadah Lawson was an impressive presence on defense throughout the game, garnering numerous rebounds. She paid the price at one point when she found herself laid out on the court.
"I went up for a rebound, and when I was coming down, an opponent elbowed me in the eye," she said following the game. The errant blow opened a cut over her eye, but it was quickly tended to on the sidelines and Lawson was able to continue playing and finish the game.
Thomson returned to action at Glenn Hills during the Thanksgiving Shootout on Nov. 21. Their next home game is Dec. 3 vs Warren County. Game time is at 6 p.m.