Prep Hoops: Lady Bulldogs cruise in opener
Losing two starters from last season's run to the regional final, the Thomasville Lady Bulldogs opened the season with holes to fill Monday at home against Wheatmore. They seem to be the same old THS.
Using a smothering press, they jumped out to a 15-point advantage after one quarter and breezed to a 46-22 final over the Warriors. Senior guard Jashana Thomas paced the attack with 11 points.
Gone are Joslyn Spires (Greensboro College) and Timber Tate (New Hope), but Thomas and Christina Coleman are still present for the Bulldogs. With some other nice role players, THS looked brilliant in the first eight minutes.
Megan Kinley began the season with the first three points scored, triggering an 8-0 run that was not answered until nearly five minutes had expired. Dereka Miller concluded the quarter with a trey from the wing that made the score 18-3.
“Our game is to run up and down the court and to keep it a fast-paced game,” said head coach Brandon Staton. “We have been focused on conditioning in practice and it worked out pretty good.”
Wheatmore's struggles on offense continued in the second quarter. They were getting off some decent shots, but the net never moved. Thomasville was not much better, but did add eight points onto its lead of 26-3.
The big cushion allowed Staton to tinker with the lineup to see what rotations would work best moving forward. A lot of new faces were seeing extended minutes, but the results were not overly positive. Thomasville went on to win easily, but they never looked as good as they did that first eight minutes.
“They became complacent after starting off real well,” said Staton. “We just have to keep on playing hard. Even though we returned a lot of girls, this is like a new team. I wanted to try a lot of different lineups and see who matched well with who.”
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