Lady Dogs fall to Class 3A Smithville; Turnovers plague Lady Eagles in loss

Thorndale takes third at Lady Tiger Classic area basketball

Thorndale postman Olivia Atkins scored 44 points in three tournament games in Rockdale. Thorndale postman Olivia Atkins scored 44 points in three tournament games in Rockdale. The No. 14 Thorndale Lady Dogs (7-3) were on the road Tuesday night to face Class 3A and No. 18 Smithville in non-district play and fell 60-40.

Heather Butterworth led the Lady Dogs with 12 points on the night. Kamryn Holder and Iris Leyendecker each added six points.

Thorndale placed third over the weekend at Milam County neighbor Rockdale’s annual hoops tournament. The Lady Dogs defeated US 79 rival Thrall 48-17 to win the third place trophy on Saturday.

Olivia Atkins led Thorndale with 16 points, with Tamicka Cook and Alix Hoffman each scoring 10.

The Lady Dogs fell to Waco Robinson in the tournament semifinals on Saturday 44-24. Atkins managed 10 points and eight rebounds in the loss.

To open the tournament on Friday, Thorndale defeated Taylor 60-29. Atkins put up 18 points, followed by Cook with 17.

The Lady Dogs will play in the tough Buda Hays tournament this weekend. They will hit the road again on Tuesday to play at Burnet.


The Milano Lady Eagles fell to Rogers on Tuesday night at Geneva Paceley Gym, losing 47-30.

Turnovers plagued Milano (2-7) and they were at a height disadvantage on rebounds, getting beat on the boards most the night.

Stonie Guthrie and Myka Morehead each scored six to lead the Lady Eagle effort.

Milano came away with just one win from the round-robin Anderson-Shiro tournament they participated in over the weekend.

Milano defeated Allen Academy on Friday 42-26. Myka Morehead scored 12 points and Halle McManess 11 to lead Milano.

Tourney host Anderson-Shiro beat Milano 49-39, as did No. 21 and Class 3A Sealy but a score of 63-24. Milano also lost to Cedar Creek 40-25 and Normangee 34-26.

Guthrie and Raighley Shaw missed most of the tournament with injuries sustained in the early games.

Coach Catrina Steinbecker said that her team is experiencing growing pains, but she believes things are starting to come together.

“The girls are coming along as best as they can. We still do not have our full varsity yet but the girls are stepping up to each challenge daily,” Steinbecker said. “We have seen some great things happening with each game and are finding out what does and does not work for this group.”

The Lady Eagles will play in the Franklin Tournament over the weekend.

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