Ranked Lady Dogs nab third place at Franklin Tournament

Only loss to No. 1 ranked 3A team Bryan Rudder

The No. 23 Thorndale Lady Dogs took third place at the Franklin tournament over the weekend.

Their only loss in tourney play was to the No. 1 team in Class 3A. They also took on US 79 foe Taylor Tuesday night at Bulldog Gym drowning the Lady Ducks 60-35.

Thorndale (9-4) took a big 19-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Jordan Heine led the Lady Dogs with 17 points. Mirah Knapek had 12 and Caitlyn Goetz 10 in the winning effort.

Third place

Thorndale took the third place game with a 35-13 win over Academy. The game was never close as Academy didn’t score its first point of the match until the second quarter.

Mirah Knapek, a junior, led the way for Thorndale with 10 points. It was a good win for the Lady Dogs to bounce back with, after falling the previous day to No. 1 ranked Bryan Rudder.

In the tournament semifinals, Thorndale could get nothing going against a very tough Rudder squad as the Lady Dogs were down 20-4 after the first quarter.

Mirah Knapek dropped in a career-high 19 points. Reporter/Cliff Dungan Mirah Knapek dropped in a career-high 19 points. Reporter/Cliff Dungan Thorndale head girls basketball coach Bradley Dickerson new that it would be a tall order to play against such a dynamic team.

“Rudder is the No. 1 ranked 3A team in the state and they are not overrated,” Dickerson said. “We did some things good against them. Playing them definitely helped us.”

Junior Margie Llana scored 13 for Thorndale and was joined in double figures by senior Jordan Heine with 10.

Thorndale opened up tournament play on Thursday with a 60-44 routing of Hearne. The Lady Dogs were up 34-22 at the half before outscoring Hearne 26- 22 in the last two quarters.

Knapek came was the top performer again, scoring a career high 19 points. Goetz had 12 points in the win, followed by Heine with nine.


The Bulldogs went 2-1 in the Jarrell Tournament, falling to the hosts in the championship game 81-56.

The Bulldogs slip to 6-3 on the season, while No. 13 (in 2A) Jarrell improved to 12-0.

Thorndale fell behind 23-10 after the first quarter and never recovered, trailing 42-25 at intermission.

A 27-point outburst by Jarrell in the third quarter put the game out of reach with a 69-36 advantage heading into the final period.

Issac Leyendecker pumped in 17 to lead the Bulldogs, while Weston Fisher added 15.

Thorndale trimmed Class 2A Rogers 52-51 in the first round with Paxton Jordan and Josh Ware leading the effort with 12 points each.

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