Prep Hoops: Lady Bulldogs turn slow start into rout
After a half of shaking off some of the rust from the Christmas break, the Thomasville girls got rolling on their way to a convincing 53-29 nonconference decision over Trinity Thursday.
The Lady Bulldogs were missing easy chances around the basket and had a tough time keeping the Bulldogs in blue away from the offensive glass first half. Even with the sluggish start, Thomasville built a 27-13 halftime advantage.
“It has been a while since our last game,” said coach Brandon Staton. “We had a little stretch where we practiced a little but did not get to as much as we wanted. Once we get to next week we can get ourselves back in shape.”
A slow tempo set in the second half showed on the scoreboard as neither team had scored more than four minutes in. Joslyn Spires scored on a take to the basket one possession before Noelle Butler was fouled and sent to the line. Not happy with the progress of his starting five, Staton cleared the bench and let his main core think about things for a bit.
“I just told my assistant, ‘get all of ’em,’” said Staton. “The tempo that we wanted to set, we weren’t doing what we were supposed to. Girls were walking back, when you shouldn’t be walking back. They were not doing what we asked them to and are capable of doing. We got all of them out and I think they realized they were not playing. We were hoping to send a message and I think they came out and did a better job.”
One minute was apparently enough, as the starting unit returned to the table to check in with Trinity inching closer at 29-17. Thomasville closed out the final 2:30 on a 7-0 run that included baskets from Timber Tate, Jashana Thomas and Megan Kinley.
The run spilled over into the fourth period as the Bulldogs in red put a sizable distance between themselves and Trinity.
Kayla Johnson opened the final period with a steal and layup. Christina Coleman filled the middle of the spurt with a 3-pointer and layup and concluded what was a 20-0 run with an offensive rebound and putback. Thomasville was up 49-17 at that point.
Coleman ended up with 14 points with Spires chipping in 10. Trinity was led by Angelica Conroy’s 10 points.
THS improved to 7-2.
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