MLK Holiday Classic: Lady Bulldogs squash Yellow Jackets in win
Winter weather last week kept Thomasville away from the court without any preparation for Monday’s game with Carver. The Lady Bulldogs hardly had the appearance of a team that has not seen the court since last Wednesday.
A smothering press overwhelmed the Yellow Jackets in a 65-23 blowout in the first game of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Classic held at THS. Christina Coleman scored a game-high 19 points on her way to MVP honors in a game that was decided in the first quarter with Thomasville sizzling to a 24-2 lead. Megan Kinley had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Lady ‘Dogs, while Joslyn Spires had eight assists and Kayla Johnson seven steals. Dehoynna Smith had 13 for the Yellow Jackets.
“We had a long layover and it has been a while since we have practiced and actually played,” said head coach Brandon Staton. “Today we just wanted to get better before our conference games this week. We wanted to use this game to prepare and work on our execution.”
Coleman scored the first three points in a 15-0 THS run that began the festivities. Spires added a steal and layup, Jashana Thomas drove in for a layup and Kinley delivered on the back end of a pass from Spires. The Lady Bulldogs were up nine in a flash while Carver struggled to get the rock over the timeline. Spires went with a no-look pass to Coleman for another deuce, then Coleman ran ahead on the break for a layup. A jumper by Spires completed the spurt.
Carver got on the scoreboard with 3:39 showing when Kayla Smith got a jumpshot to finally fall in. That would be the only Yellow Jacket bucket for more than a period’s time. Thomasville secured the final nine points of the quarter.
Staton called off the press and dropped back into a halfcourt defense, but the Lady Bulldogs continued to pile on the points. THS tacked on 10 more points to complete a 19-0 run that had the Bulldogs in front 34-2. The halftime score would be 41-11.
Thomasville (10-3) has two Central Carolina Conference games this week, so getting in some game experience was a positive for Staton.
“Instead of just having a regular practice we actually got to play a game,” said Staton. It has gotten us back into game mode which is what we really need.”
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