NCHSAA Playoffs: Bulldogs ground Falcons in first round rout
Thomasville’s girls were not happy about their early exit in the Central Carolina Conference tournament last week.
Following Monday’s NCHSAA 2-A first round state playoff game, Forbush was not all that happy they were next in line to face the Lady Bulldogs.
Leading from start to finish, third-seeded THS put the No. 14 seed Falcons away quickly in a 70-32 dismantling. Timber Tate led all scorers with 25 points to go with 10 rebounds, while Jashana Thomas tallied 14 points, Christina Coleman 11 and Joslyn Spires 10.
“This was a good way to bounce back,” said head coach Brandon Staton. “We went over some things the last couple of days that we did not do well against Lexington. We corrected them and I wanted them to come out fast tonight. Tonight was a great bounce-back for us.”
Thomasville scored the first nine points on two 3-pointers and a 3-point play. Tate’s offensive rebound and stickback at the end of the first period put the Bulldogs up 25-9.
The fast pace in the first eight minutes slowed in the second period with THS taking the air out of the ball at times. Only 19 points were scored between the teams as the Bulldogs took a 36-17 lead at intermission.
“We are going to turn around and play again Wednesday, so we were trying to conserve some legs and be fresh,” said Staton.
Paris Trivette started the final half on a better note for the Falcons hitting a baseline jumper. There would not be enough of them to go around to catch the Bulldogs. Spires and Tate scored baskets 14 seconds apart, sparking a 19-5 run in the third quarter that built up a 55-24 cushion. Spires dished out three of her seven assists during that stretch and the Bulldogs turned countless Forbush turnovers into baskets. Thomasville came away with 20 steals for the game.
Champions of the CCC regular season, Thomasville (18-5) turns its eyes toward a second round home meeting with sixth-seeded Forest Hills today. The Yellow Jackets (19-8) upended Central Davidson 79-72 in the first round.
“I know they are going to be well-coached and they have a couple of good players. That is all I know about them,” Staton said.
Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m.
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