Thorndale, Milano stay busy with holiday tourneys
THORNDALE–Area basketball teams have been busy in tournament play this week during the holiday break. Thorndale boys and girls hosted the annual Thorndale Shootout tournament, while the Milano boys were in the Rosebud-Lott tourney. The Lady Eagles don’t play again until Jan. 4.
L A DY DOGS–The No. 22 Lady Dogs (14-6, 2-1) took thrid place in their own tourney, downing Falls City 32-27 on Tuesday night.
Marlene Hall, Mirah Knapek and Katy Bransom were named to the all-tournament team.
San Saba took the tourney title, defeating Crawford on Tuesday night in the championship game.
Thorndale opened up their own annual tournament on Monday morning with a 47-24 win over Taylor, they followed that with a 42-36 loss to Crawford that night.
The Lady Dogs suffered their first district loss in four years on Dec. 17 falling 38-27 to Jarrell. Thorndale bounced back and defeated Florene on the road 53- 27 on Dec. 21.
Thorndale girls head coach Bradley Dickerson said the team is still trying to find itself.
“We are hard to figure out. We seemed to have bounced back ok (after the district loss),” Dicker- son said.
On a positive note, senior Margie Llana may return to the team as soon as two weeks. She injured her knee during summer basketball and required extensive surgery. She missed the entire volleyball season.
Llana was the Lady Dogs’ leading scorer last season. Dickerson hopes she will help out the team.
“If she’s able to play then it will be a big help. You never know what they will be like six months after surgery,” Dickerson said.
MILANO–The No. 13 Eagles opened up tourney play at Rosebud Lott on Tuesday with a 55-32 victory over Moody.
They were set to play Axtell in the tournament semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Wedneday, Dec. 29. The Eagles have won champion- ships in both tournaments they have been in thus far.
Jaxson Robinson led Milano with 17 points, followed by Thomas Sanders with 13. Dominque Messer was the leading rebounder with 10.
“ We played fairly well for the first game back from the holidays. Our shooting was surprisingly good and everyone contributed,” Eagles head coach Robbie Robinson said. “We’ve got some pretty good tests coming up against some 2A and 3A schools which should get us prepared for the upcoming district race.”
Milano will start a long road trip on Tuesday, Jan. 4 when they travel to face Lorena. Then it is off to Snook on Jan. 7 and to Giddings on Jan. 11 before beginning District 27-A play at Thrall on Jan. 14.