Lady Dogs clinch title

Headed for post season for the eighth straight year

Tamica Cook corrals a rebound in Thorndale’s win over Academy. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Tamica Cook corrals a rebound in Thorndale’s win over Academy. Reporter/Teresa Ging For the eighth season in a row (while in two different classifications), the No. 6 Thorndale Lady Dogs are headed to the postseason.

The team’s 40-36 road win over Academy on Tuesday night also clinched them the 27-2A district title. It is the first league title since 2010.

Thorndale (27-2, 12-0) was second in league play behind Jarrell last season and exited the playoffs early with a loss to Hempstead in the bi-district round.

Thorndale had claimed seven straight district titles in Class A, before the bump up to 2A in the 2010-11 season.

They even made a trip to the state tournament in 2008 during the Lady Dogs’ three consecutive trips to the Region IV tourney.

On Tuesday night, Thorndale defeated Academy 40-36 to stay in defeated in league play.

The Lady Dogs led 19-5 at the half, but the Lady Bumblebees made a game of it, scoring 15 and holding Thorndale to six points in the third frame.

The Lady Dogs were able to hold on for the win.

Olivia Atkins scored nine points and had nine rebounds. Marlene Hall and Heather Butterworth followed with eight each.

Despite getting beat on the boards, the Lady Dogs were able to pound out a 48-40 win over the Cameron Lady Yoe on Friday night at Bulldog Gym.

Thorndale managed to stay ahead at the end of each quarter, but could never put the game far enough out of reach from the Lady Yoe.

Olivia Atkins had a big night, scoring 20 points and nabbing eig ht rebounds. A li x Hof fman added 12 points and five rebounds.

Heather Butterworth dished seven assists.

The Lady Dogs will finish out its regular season with a home game against Rogers on Friday and then at Lago Vista on Tuesday.

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