The Thomson Lady ’Dogs fell to the Greene County Lady Tigers 67-54 in basketball action Saturday at Greene County.
Thomson was first on the board when Alesheia Johnson sank a basket a minute and 10 seconds into the game.
“Alesheia had a good game tonight,” head coach Michael Williams said. “We’ve got to figure out how to get her more involved in the offensive side of the game.”
Thomson led for much of the first quarter, but a late basket by Greene County gave the Lady Tigers a 12-11 lead at the end of the period.
The back-and-forth action continued in the second quarter, with Thomson gaining a five-point lead twice. But tenacious play by Greene County led to another late-quarter basket that gave the Lady Tigers a 33-32 lead at the half.
“We’ve got to keep the pressure on, both on offense and defense, up and down the court,” Williams said.
Aggressive offense helped Greene County retain the lead in the third quarter, with the Lady Tigers twice pulling ahead by seven points and ending the third period holding a nine-point lead at 51-42.
Despite Thomson pulling within five at one point, Greene County stubbornly held onto the lead throughout the fourth quarter as well, and the game ended with the Lady ’Dogs down by 13 at 67-54.
“They made adjustments at the half, and we didn’t,” Williams said. “We’ve got to get better at that before our next game. But we had some good play in this game. Asheleigh Burnett, Brittany Reid and Alesheia Johnson all made some good plays tonight.”
Though clearly disappointed, Johnson was philosophical after the game.
“It was a hard game,” she said. “But you got to get through the pressure and just got to learn to get over calls that go against you. But if you play hard, then win or lose, you go home proud of yourself.”
The Lady ’Dogs next travels to Salem for an away game Friday. Their next home game is Saturday against Warren County. Game time is 6 p.m.