Lady Dogs prepare to enter playoffs

Lady Eagles close out season with comeback win


Senior Hayleigh LaGrone played her final basketball game as a Lady Eagle in Milano’s road win over Burton and scoring four points in the season finale. 
Reporter/Holly Jentsch Senior Hayleigh LaGrone played her final basketball game as a Lady Eagle in Milano’s road win over Burton and scoring four points in the season finale. Reporter/Holly Jentsch BARTLETT—The No. 23 Thorndale Lady Dogs have clinched another district title as they head into the post-season for the 11th straight season.

The team is currently on a 10-game winning streak and went undefeated in District 26A play.

“I think we’ve got all the early season kinks out of the way,” veteran Lady Dogs coach Bradley Dickerson said on the team’s upcoming playoff run. “I thing we are ready to go and are excited about the possibilities.

To finish out their regular season, the Lady Dogs (22-9, 8-0) grabbed a road win at Bartlett, winning handily 50-14.

Olivia Atkins topped all scorers with 18 points on the night.

In their final home game of the season, the Lady Dogs used a huge second half push to take down Holland 54-29 at Bulldog Gym on Friday night.

Thorndale led just 15-14 at the break, before outscoring the Lady Hornets 39-15 in the second half.

Three Lady Dog players scored in double figures, led by Olivia Atkins 15 points, nine rebounds and fi ve b locks. C harity Tatroe added 13 points and Tamicka Cook put up 10 points.

Thorndale’s district title earned them a bye in the first round of the post-season. They will play the winner of Barksdale Nueces Canyon and La Pryor in the area round with a date, time and location to be determined.

No. 22 Nueces Canyon is the second place team out of 27A and La Pryor is the 28A third place team.

Thorndale’s 26A opponents Holland and Thrall also reached the playoffs, finishing second and third, respectively.

Milano

The Milano Lady Eagles (9-19, 4-6) finished their first campaign under head coach Catrina Steinbecker with a road win on Tuesday night at Burton.

The win puts the team finishing fourth in District 26A, just out of post-season play. Snook won the league, with Somerville finishing second and Iola third.

One Tuesday night the Lady Eagles had to come from behind to defeat the Lady Panthers.

Milano trailed 21-17 at the half but stormed back in the last two quarters behind a 13-point effort by freshman Keely Lagrone.

Seniors Stonie Guthrie and Raighley Shaw led the team defensively with 14 and 12 rebounds, respectively.

Coach Steinbecker sa id although the team’s season is over before she had like, there are high expectations for years to come.

“We had a rough season with injuries and other events and I was hoping to make it to the playoffs but not i am not disappointed in the girls efforts,” Steinbecker said. “I am excited and looking forward to the next season. I have a several groups of good girls coming up.”

The Lady Eagles will lose Guthrie, Shaw and Hayleigh Lagrone to graduation.


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