Dickerson rolls perfect 300

Thorndale girls coach reaches victory milestone
Reporter Staff Writer

Bradley Dickerson Bradley Dickerson THORNDALE—It was a special night on Friday as the Thorndale Lady Dogs won their home opener of the 2011 season.

What made the victory worth remembering was that it handed head coach Bradl ey Dickerson his 300th career varsity victory.

The 5- 0 L ady

Dogs defeated Franklin at Bulldog Gym 71- 67 before steamrolling Granger

73-11 Tuesday night.

Dickerson, 37, now has 301 wins and 144 losses in his career, with 277 wins and 111 losses at Thorndale during his 12 seasons.

“It just brings back thoughts of all the great kids I’ve coached and many of the games...wins and losses,” Dickerson said of No. 300. “They are memories that are made for a lifetime.”

After two seasons at Holland, former Thorndale Athletic Director and boys basketball coach Jeff Lieberman hired the 25-year old to ignite the girls program.

And that he did.

• Under his guidance, the Lady Dogs have made eight consecutive playoff appearances including nine overall.

• Thorndale captured six district championships and at one point reeled off 59 straight league victories.

• The Lady Dogs are 92-6 in their past 98 district games.

• Thorndale made it to three straight regional finals (2006- 2007-2008) and the program’s first state tournament appearance in 2008.

“Coach Dickerson has done a great job with the girls’ program,” Lieberman said. “His teams are always competitive regardless of his roster, which is a credit to his coaching abilities.”

Under his leadership as girls athletic director, the Lady Dogs have reached new heights in volleyball and softball as well.

A jump up to Class 2A last year did not faze Dickerson and his squad and the Lady Dogs were the lone Thorndale team to participate in the playoffs in 2010-11. They are currently ranked No. 15.

In Dickerson’s milestone victory,

6-foot-5 junior Olivia Atkins led the team with 24 points and eight rebounds on the night, while making 12 of the 13 shots she took.

The Lady Dogs shot 51 percent as a team and their accuracy helped stave off a furious Franklin (1-2) comeback bid that saw it outscore Thorndale 23-12 in the final period.

Fellow junior Cook had 15, with senior Katy Bransom adding 13. Sophomore Alix Hoffman and junior Marlene Hall each contributed eight points.

Tuesday night, Thorndale shot out to a 46-4 halftime lead before burying Granger.

Cook pumped in 16 points and she was complemented by Bransom with 14 and Atkins with 11 as 10 different Lady Dogs scored.

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