Dawgs split up district

Ranked Lady Dogs hit bumps in the road
Reporter Staff Writer

Matt Schneider is fouled in Thorndale’s 10-point loss to Academy. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Matt Schneider is fouled in Thorndale’s 10-point loss to Academy. Reporter/Teresa Ging The state ranked Thorndale Lady Dogs (16-7, 4-2) are hitting a few bumps during their ride through District 27-2A play.

The team is ranked No. 20 in the most recent Texas Girls Coaches Association poll and No. 24 in the Texas Basketball Coaches Association poll this week.

It was a tough night at Bulldog Gym on Tuesday night as Thorndale fell 47-42 to Rogers in a key district match up.

The Lady Dogs led 14-6 after the first quarter, but Rogers came back with 24 points in the second quarter to lead 30-18 at the half.

“We didn’t play good defense and they banked in about three 3’s,” Lady Dogs head coach Bradley Dickerson said about the Rogers game.

Olivia Atkins led the team with 11 points.

On a high note, senior Margie Llana saw some of her first court time of the season on Tuesday night. She suffered a severe knee injury that kept her completely out of volleyball and basketball until this point. Llana was the Lady Dogs top scorer last season.

Thorndale barely escaped with a road win in Academy on Friday night squeaking by 29-28. The Lady Dogs led for most of the game but were just 5 of 17 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

Katy Bransom led the team with nine points, followed by Marlene Hall with seven.

The Lady Dogs will travel to Lago Vista on Friday, Jan. 14 to finish up the first round of district action and then start round two with a visit to Lexington on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Thorndale still remains in the race for one of three postseason spots.


The Bulldogs split their district games within the week, falling to Little River Academy 52-42 Friday night on the road and whipping Rogers 56-37 Tuesday to run their record to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in district play.

Against Rogers, Josh Ware pumped in 17 points and Dillon Irwin 11, while against Academy, Irwin and Job Mason led a balanced attack with nine apiece.

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