Bulldogs suffer first district loss to Thrall
The No. 10 Bulldogs slip to 14-5 overall and 5-1 in league play.
Thorndale shot just 31 percent from the f loor against Thrall (12-13, 4-2) and were three-of-15 from behind the arc.
Riley Schaefer was the one Bulldogs who didn’t have trouble scoring and led them with 17 points, while colelcting seven rebounds.
After winning its first three league games by a total of 13 points (which included an incredible 34-point rally), Thorndale has created a little breathing room for itself lately.
The Bulldogs used a 20-point first quarter bulge to easily dispose of Granger 70-45 in front of a packed house Friday evening at Bulldog Gym.
Thorndale has now won seven straight, but aren’t ready to make room in the trophy case just yet.
“I think we are confident, but we also know we are nine points away from being 2-3 in district,” said Thorndale Coach Doug Franklin. “We have a lot of work left to do.”
Thorndale rumbled out of the locker room and was up 9- 0 before Granger (2-12, 0-5) scored. Keon Mays’ layup off a pass from Sam Stockton pushed the Bulldogs out front 23-3 with 1 minute, 31 seconds left in the first period.
Mays, a senior starter, injured his knee in the second quarter and did not return. According to Franklin, he is not expected to miss any time.
The Lions went almost seven minutes in the first quarter without scoring a basket.
Thanks to Bryce Jimenez’ 10 points, Granger stayed even with the Bulldogs in the second quarter, but still trailed 37-21 at intermission.
Jimenez paced Granger with 18 points including three, three pointers.
While the Lions hit another scoring drought and went over five minutes without a basket in t he t hird q uarter, T horndale took the opportunity to construct its largest lead up to that point, 49-27 after treys from Schaefer and Laurence during a 12-1 run.
Jordan Hafley’s baseline drive with 2:20 remaining to be played provided the Bulldogs with their biggest lead of the evening, 69-39.
The Bulldogs bashed the Lions on the boards with six Thorndale players with at least four rebounds, led by the shortest player on the team, the 5-foot-7 Hafley, with seven.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over just five times, while picking off 12 steals.
Schaefer was 4-for-4 from behind the three-point arc and six-of-eight from the f loor en route to a season-high 19 points.
Hafley complemented Schaefer with 13 points and seven assists, while Aaron Laurence chipped in 10 points and six boards.
THORNDALE SEASON STATS
Scoring—Hafley 11.4, Stockton 11.0,
Schaefer 10.1, Laurence 7.5, Mays
7.3, Hinistroza 7.0.
Rebounds—Llana 4.5, Laurence 3.6
Assists—Stockton 3.0, Schaefer 2.5
3PTS—Hafley 14, Schaefer 13
Steals—Stockton 41, Llana 34