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Lady 'Dogs' inconsistency evident in weekend games

The Thomson Lady Bulldogs basketball team emerged from a weekend at home with a win and a loss, making their record 4-3 for the season.

The Lady 'Dogs defeated the Jefferson County Warriors on Friday night, 48-31. The victory was revenge for last season's games, which Thomson lost to Jefferson County.

Jaylan Howard, Jadah Lawson, Alesheia Johnson, Brittany Reid and Asheleigh Burnett took the court to start the game.

Jefferson County scored the first field goal less than a minute into the first quarter. Johnson quickly responded with two goals to draw ahead 4-2, and Thomson maintained the lead for the rest of the game.

After a relatively clean first quarter, both teams had several fouls throughout the second and third periods. Free throws accounted for only four points for the night.

The Lady 'Dogs developed a commanding lead during the second quarter, when they pulled ahead to lead 26-17 at the half.

The Warriors mounted a comeback effort in the fourth quarter, but it was too late in the game to tie it up.

Head coach Michael Williams said the team still has a lot to work on throughout the season.

"I wasn't pleased because we were too inconsistent," he said. "We would go five minutes without letting them score, followed by two minutes of laziness."

Williams said he wants the girls to focus on playing a full game of basketball by maintaining their aggressiveness and drive through all four quarters of play.

"It's good that we won but, overall, we've got to be looking ahead, past this moment," he said.

With 13 points, Johnson was the top scorer for the night, followed by Lawson with 12 and Burnett with eight.

On Saturday the Lady 'Dogs lost to the Greene County Tigers, a team that also defeated them in a Nov. 26 away game.

The Tigers won 56-34. Williams attributed the loss to poor overall performance.

"We didn't play well in any aspect of the game," he said. "We were lost on offense and didn't play harder than Greene County."

Another contributing factor was one Greene County player who is particularly intimidating on both offense and defense.

"Our players were scared to shoot or even defend her, and we must become more aggressive soon or we will struggle with the more physical teams in our region," Williams said.

Top scorers were Brittany Reid with eight points, Ashleigh Burnett with seven points and Nekia McNair with six points.

The Lady 'Dogs will play Saturday at Warren County. They will not play at home again until Jan. 6, when they meet Richmond Academy in their first conference match of the season.

Web posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011

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