Mary Garber Holiday Classic: Reynolds nips Lady Bulldogs in final
Somewhere around the start of the fourth quarter last Friday night, the tank was running on empty for Thomasville in the championship game of the Mary Garber Holiday Classic.
Playing their fourth game in four days at Atkins High School, the Lady Bulldogs had just expended much of the remaining energy left in them to pull back an 8-point halftime deficit in the third quarter. Reynolds took advantage, outscoring THS by 12 in the final quarter to win 56-50 and claim its first Classic championship since 2009.
“We do not normally play that type of schedule, but I am just proud of the effort they gave,” said Thomasville coach Brandon Staton. “I think we just ran out of gas mentally and physically, but we gave it our all.”
With the Demons holding a 26-18 halftime lead, THS attacked them with their press and scored the first eight points to even the score. Reynolds added a pair of free throws to edge back ahead, but tournament MVP Joslyn Spires scored six points during a 10-0 run to flip the halftime margin around.
“We created some tempo and picked up the pace a little bit,” said Staton. “Once we did that we got out in transition for some easy layups.”
The Demons tied the game with 4:06 left in the championship bout then Miranda Martin went for the knockout. She scored eight of the next 10 points that had Reynolds up 10 at the 2:12 mark. There was not much Thomasville (6-2) could do to reel them back in.
Spires ended up with 18 points and Timber Tate had 12 while being named to the all-tournament team. Martin led the Demons with 17 points.
With the first trip through the Mary Garber Classic being a success, Staton wouldn’t mind coming back for another crack at the title.
“Right now we want to come back next year and hopefully win it all,” he said. “This tournament was good for us and I think it will prepare us for conference play.”
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