Aiming For Austin

No. 6 Lady Dogs cutting a path to state
BY MARIE BAKKEN
Reporter Staff Writer


Reporter/Teresa Ging Reporter/Teresa Ging THORNDALE—The motivation is clear, the destination is near.

The No. 6 Thorndale Lady Dogs will face Edna in area round action of the Class 2A girls basketball playoffs at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Schulenburg as the state playoffs get underway.

After going undefeated in 27-2A and claiming the district title, Thorndale (29-3, 14- 0) earned a bye in the first round Who—Thorndale Lady Dogs (29- 3) vs. Edna Cowgirls (16-11). What—Region IV area playoffs When—Friday, 6:30 p.m. Where—Schulenburg High School. First round—Thorndale had a bye; Edna def. Houston YES Prep. District—Thorndale was District 27-2A champion; Edna was 2nd in 26-2A to Industrial. Top hand Cowgirl—5-foot-4 Jr. G Shayne Palacios (13.1 ppg) of the post-season.

Edna (16-11) defeated Houston YES Prep Southeast on Monday night in bi-district action.

Edna was the second place team out of 26-2A and YES Prep finished third in 25-2A.

Vanderbilt Industr ial (25- 5)—ranked 25th—captured the district title.

Not unlike the Lady Dogs, the Cowgirls have some height in 6- foot sophomore Madison Kucera (9 rebounds per game) and 5-10 Post Olivia Atkins has led Thorndale in scoring and rebounding and now leads them into the playoffs against Edna Friday night. junior Andrea Robinson, but both average under six points a game.

They’re led in scoring by 5-4 mighty-mite guard Shayna Palacios at 13 points a game, who shoots just 30 percent from the field.

Six-foot-5 junior post Olivia Atkins leads the Lady Dogs in scoring and rebounding.

The winner of the area matchup will take on the Houston YES Prep Southwest-Rogers winner.

Traditionally

With their long time tradition of making the playoffs (this is the eighth district title in the last nine season as Thorndale has gone between A and A A classification), Lady Dogs’ head coach Bradley Dickerson said this year’s squad is calmly handling preparation this week.

“We are just trying to work on things we need to work on. Don’t change a lot,” he said.

Thorndale unexpectedly lost in the bi-district round last season, 46-44 to Hempstead, but Dickerson— who chalked up his 300th victory earlier in the year—feels another year to learn has this team ready for a deep run in the post-season.

“This year’s team is older than last year’s team and this won’t be most of our teams first playoff game. Last year’s group had a lot of team members that had never been in the play-offs,” Dickerson said. “It all boils down to how you play on the night of the game. Records, rankings and all of that stuff don’t matter when they throw the ball up...it’s who plays well.”

Thorndale made three straight appearances in the regional finals from 2007-2009, resulting in a state tournament bid 2008.

The Lady Dogs’ 11-game winning streak came to an end on Friday night at Bulldog Gym, as they fell in a warm up game to Hays Consolidated 50-37. Thorndale led 17-15 at the break before Hays found a second half surge.

Atkins led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Thorndale. It was her fifth double double of the season.

PLAYOFF HISTORY
1951 District Champions
1955 District Champions
1960 District Champions
1961 District Champions
1962 District Champions
1980 District Runner Up
1992 District Runner Up
1997 District Champions
1998 Bi-District Champions
1999 Bi-District Champions
2003 District Champions
2004 Bi-District Champions
2005 District Champions
2006 District Champions
2007 Regional Finalists
2008 State Semifinalists
2009 Regional Finalists
2010 Area Champions
2011 District runner-up
2012 District Champions


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