Lady Dogs take care of Lexington after letdown
The Lady Dogs moved to 6-3 on the season with the 51-33 victory at Bulldog Gym.
Thorndale took a commanding 13-6 lead after the first quarter, but fell apart, allowing Lexington to score 16 second quarter points. That left the Lady Dogs down 22- 21 at the half.
Adjustments during the break and a fired up Thorndale team made all the different in the second half, as the Lady Dogs outscored their opponents 30-11 for the win.
Junior Mariah Knapek produced the most point for Thorndale with 13 and was joined in double figures by senior Jordan Heine who had 12.
Senior Caitlyn Goetz and junior Margie Llana each contributed eight points. Freshman Marlene Hall put up four points, while senior Brealyn Hernandez and freshman Olivia Atkins each scored three.
Lady Dogs’ head coach Bradley Dickerson thinks the team is continuing to improve but still have room to get better before district starts Jan. 8.
“We still need to take better care of the ball and get a better understanding of what we want to do offensively,” Dickerson said. “We are still working fundamentals, as usual, and putting in more offense and defense. We’re starting to get our chemistry together as well.”
Thorndale w ill play in the Franklin tournament over the weekend and then host Taylor on Tues. Dec. 15 and Rosebud-Lott on Friday, Dec. 18. Then it’s a 10-day break before the annual Thorndale Shootout tournament Dec. 28-30.
The junior varsity Lady Dogs went 1-2 at the Dime Box girls tournament over the weekend. Thorndale opened up tourney play with a 48-23 loss to Fayetteville and then lost a heartbreaker to Burton 31-30 in overtime. The Lady Dogs subvarsity team then finally got a win with a 37-22 victory over Holland.
Thorndale hosted a junior high girls basketball tournament on Dec. 5 with teams from around the area. In the eighth grade division, first round games saw Milano beat Thorndale 27-9 and Jarrell defeat Thrall 32-21. Thrall bounced back to take third place with a 27-8 win over Thorndale. Jarrell won the eighth grade girls championship with a 24-20 victory over Milano.
The Bulldogs went 2-1 in the Granger tournament with Issac Leyendecker being named to the all-tournament team.
Leyendecker totaled 42 points for the tournament that included 20 points against Moody and 17 against Florence.
After dropping their opener to Central Texas Christian 72-64, the Bulldogs rebounded behind Leyendecker with a 58-40 victorey over Moody and a 63-39 win over Florence to improve to 4-2 on the season.
Matt Schneider led the way against CTC with 18, while Josh Ware chipped in 17 as Thorndale rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter.
Dillon Irwin was a consistent scorer throughout the tournament with 13 against Florence and 12 against CTC.