The Thomson Lady Bulldogs basketball team chalked up a 54-20 victory against the Warren County Lady Screaming Devils in Warrenton on Saturday.
The win was their second of the season over Warren County, a team they defeated 66-26 in a Dec. 3 home match-up. They are now 5-3 for the season.
The Lady Bulldogs’ starting five – Nekia McNair, Jaylan Howard, Jadah Lawson, Alesheia Johnson and Brittany Reid – took the court shortly before 6 p.m.
Thomson took a quick lead, making the score 7-0 after two minutes of play.
Warren County launched a comeback effort late in the second quarter, but Thomson pulled ahead yet again.
With three seconds left in the second quarter, Reid hit a shot to make the score 23-12 at halftime.
The Lady ’Dogs increased their lead in the second half, allowing Warren County to score only eight points in 16 minutes of play.
A late-game run of 11 points and a final goal from each team brought the contest to its final score of 54-20.
Head coach Michael Williams said the girls played better during the second half than the first, but they always have plenty of room for improvement.
“On defense we were allowing too much penetration,” he said. “Better guards would capitalize on that.”
Williams said the team had better contributions from its eighth and ninth players, an area of weakness in the past. He said Ke’Onda Bradshaw stepped up and played particularly well.
Freshman Jaylan Howard said they need to work on defense and achieving better communication on the court.
“We played pretty good, but we need to practice harder,” she said.
The Lady ’Dogs will next play in the Brewton-Parker College New Year’s Classic tournament in Mount Vernon on Dec. 29, 30 and 31.
Their next home game is Friday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. against Richmond Academy.