How far can these girls go?
THOR NDALE—The No. 23 Thorndale Lady Dogs will start their 2013 playoff run on Friday night as they face the No. 22 Barksdale Nueces Canyon Lady Panthers in Class A Division I Region IV area action at Llano High School.
Tip off is set for 7 p.m. and tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for students at the door.
No. 22 Nueces Canyon (25-5) is the second place team out of 27A behind league champion Mason. The Lady Panthers were 8-2 in loop play, losing to Mason twice.
Nueces Canyon took down Sabinal 57-40 on Monday night at Utopia High School in bi-district playoff action.
The Lady Panthers are led by post players Abbey Falcon (sr., 5-8) and Nikki Milliorn (jr., 5-8). Falcon leads the team in scoring, putting up 11.1 points per game, followed by Milliorn’s 10.5 ppg.
On defense, Milliorn leads the team in rebounds, with 7.5 per game and 217 on the season Falcon is averaging 7.0 boards per game.
Sifuentes adds to the threat, averaging 4.2 steals per game thus far.
JUST HOW FAR—With Thorndale (23-9) just missing out at a trip to the state tournament last season in Class 2A where they fell to Poth in the regional title game, expectations have been high all season for a deep post-season by the Lady Dogs.
Talk of a trip to the state tourney has been heating up as of late with some sports fans saying it is a sure thing.
“Not sure about a sure thing,” Thorndale head coach Bradley Dickerson said. “There are some really good teams in our region.”
Five of the teams in the region, including Nueces Canyon, are ranked higher than Thorndale. They are Mason (3), Falls City (4), Port Aransas (9), Shiner (14) and the Lady Panthers at No. 22.
“It’s all about match ups this time of year,” Dickerson added. “With that said—I think we have as good of a shot as anyone.”
WARM UP— In their only warm up game before post-season play starts the Lady Dogs took down the Giddings Lady Buffs 42-32 on Friday night at Bulldog Gym.
The game remained t ight during the first half, with Thorndale holding on to a 20-16 lead at the break.
The Lady Dogs pulled together and outscored Giddings 22-16 in the final frames to snag the win.
Olivia Atkins and Tamicka Cook each tallied a double-double on the night. Atkins scored a team high 15 points and grabbed 14 r ebounds. C ook a dded 1 0 points and 11 boards.
BYE ROUND—Thorndale’s district title earned them a bye in the first round of the post-season.
Thorndale’s 26A opponents Holland and Thrall also reached the area round of the playoffs, Holland, second place finisher behind Thorndale, defeated Iola in bi-district action on Monday 45-38. T hey w ill n ow p lay 2 7A champion Mason.
Thrall, third place in 26A, defeated Somerville on Monday 5 7-54. T hey w ill n ow f ace Brackettville-Bracket, champions of 28A.