Roadblock to Austin
After three straight trips to the regional tournament, the Lady Dogs’ season came to an end last Wednesday with a 4340 regional quarterfinals loss to the Evadale Lady Rebels at Groveton High School’s Indian Gym.
The team ends its season with a 25-6 record and captured its seventh consecutive district title along the way.
“I think this team accomplished more than a lot of people thought,” Thorndale Coach Bradley Dickerson said. “We believed we could get back to the regional tournament—turns out we could have.
“I appreciate the effort of this team and its seniors. Your team can only be as good as its seniors and this team was good.”
Evadale was blow n out by Nueces Canyon 42-29 in the regional semifinals and Louise defeated Muenster in the finals to earn a trip to the state tournament this weekend.
The Lady Dogs led Evadale by just one at 14-13 after the first quarter. Thorndale was able to extend that lead to 24-19 by halftime.
The Lady Rebels came back with much more physical play in the second half.
Thorndale still managed a 32- 27 advantage heading into the final quarter.
Evadale pushed the Lady Dogs to their limits in the last four minutes of the game, causing them to miss important free throws and commit costly turnovers.
The Lady Rebels outscored Thorndale 16-8 in the fourth to steal the three point win.
The Lady Dogs were just nine of 18 from the free throw line, where Evadale was 12 of 17 on the night.
“We had several turnovers that led to their points. I felt like we were fouled pretty good,” Dickerson said. “The girls played a good game all around though and had a season to be proud of. I’m very proud of their effort this year.”
Junior Margie Llana scored 15 points in the losing effort to lead Thorndale. Senior Caitlyn Goetz added 12 in her last high school game.
Fellow senior Jordan Heine had 7 points, while Kara Niemtschk, Mirah K napek and Tamicka Cook all contributed two points apiece.
The Lady Dogs roster will lose three seniors to graduation in Goetz, Heine and Niemtschk. Dickerson said that the team was a pleasure to coach.
In the last eight years, the Lady Dogs (who will compete in Class 2A next year due to the UIL’s re-alignment announced last month) compiled an 82-2 district record, seven district championships, seven undefeated district seasons, three regional final appearances and one state tournament appearance. Thorndale girls have won 59 district games in a row.