Regionals very familiar territory for Lady Dogs

No. 5 Thorndale will face No. 16 Marion Friday
Reporter/ Teresa Ging


Tamika Cook stretches for a loose ball in the Lady Dogs’ dominating victory over Edna in the area playoffs. Tamika Cook stretches for a loose ball in the Lady Dogs’ dominating victory over Edna in the area playoffs. LOCKHART—Familiar setting, different location.

The No. 5 Thorndale Lady Dogs are headed to the Region IV tournament this weekend after defeating Hallettsville on Tuesday night 39- 33 in regional quarterfinals action at Lockhart High School.

The 31-3 Lady Dogs will face No. 16 Marion at 8 p.m. Friday Who—No. 5 Thorndale vs. No. 16 Marion, Friday at 8 p.m.; No. 14 Schulenburg vs. No. 9 Poth at 6 p.m. Winners play at noon Saturday for a trip to the state tournament March 1-3 in Austin. What—Region IV, Class 2A regional tournament When—Friday-Saturday Where—Seguin High School Goldie Harris Gym History—Thorndale made three straight trips to the regional tournament from 2007-2009 in Class A with a state tournament trip in 2008. at Seguin High School’s Goldie Harris Gym.

The other regional semifinal at 6 p.m. will see No. 14 Schulenburg and No. 9 Poth.

The two winners will then play for a trip to the state tournament at noon Saturday.

This is Thorndale’s fourth trip to a regional tournament in the past six years.

Hallettsville (23-12), runnersup in District 28-2A, defeated 25-2A champ Houston YES Prep Southwest 45-34 in area action on Friday night.

“(Hallettsville) played really well, were athletic and got after it,” head coach Bradley Dickerson said of his Lady Dogs’ playoff opponent on Tuesday night. “We didn’t play bad. We would get ahead and then turn the ball over and they’d go make a three.”

Thorndale led 12-8 at the end of the first, but Hallettsville cut that to 21-19 at the half. The Lady Dogs managed to keep the lead, but had to work at it.

“We were up by seven in the third and even 10 in the fourth, but would make some turnovers and they would hit some three’s,” Dickerson said.

Free throws were key for Thorndale, going 14 of 21 from the charity stripe.

Junior Marlene Hall had a big night for the Lady Dogs, going nine of 12 from the free throw line. She was also led all scorers with 13 points.

“Marlene was real aggressive tonight,” Dickerson said.

Hallettsville was just 10 of 16 from the free throw line.

Should the Lady Dogs win on Friday night, it would give them 32 wins this season, the best ever for a Thorndale girls basketball squad.

It is also the only appearance in the regional girls basketball tourney for the Lady Dogs while a Class 2A school.

This isn’t Dickerson’s first regional tournament. He and the Lady Dogs made three straight trips in 2007, 2008 and 2009 while in Class A.

They made it all the way to the state tournament in Austin in 2008, losing in the state semifinals.

In the bi-district round, Hallettsville defeated Rogers (third place in Thorndale’s district) in overtime 65-64.

Area

After earning a bye in the first round of the playoffs with an undefeated 14-0 district record, the Lady Dogs advanced to the reg iona l quar ter f ina ls af ter defeating Edna 41-27 on Friday night in Schulenburg.

Thorndale came in shooting “ lights out” on the Cowgirls, going up 13-0 before Edna knew what hit them. The Lady Dogs held their opponent scoreless in the first quarter and were ahead 25-6 by halftime.

The Cowgirls adjusted well in the second half, and actually made it a game, getting to within 11 late in the game.

Heather Butterworth had a stand out night with 10 points, five rebounds and five assists. Tamicka Cook and Katy Bransom scored eight and seven points, respectively.

Olivia Atkins led the team defensively with nine boards.


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