Four for the Final Four: Lady Dogs reach regionals
The No. 23 Thorndale Lady Dogs faced off against long time rival and district foe Thrall for the fourth time this season in regional quarterfinal action on Tuesday night and for the fourth time they prevailed.
In a game that never saw the Lady Dogs trail, Thorndale took down the Tigerettes 43-25, which sends them to the Region IV-A Division I tournament this weekend at New Braunfels Canyon High School.
Thorndale (25-9) is set to face off against No. 4 Falls City (29-4) at noon. The other semifinals will see Snook (22-11) and No. 9 Port Aransas (29-4) play at 2 p.m.
Falls City defeated No. 14 Shiner in regional quarterfinals action on Tuesday night 37-33. Snook upset No. 3 Mason with a 46-42 win.
Port Aransas (25-3) defeated Weimar 45-42. The two winners will play at 1 p.m. Saturday for the regional championship and a chance for a trip to the UIL state basketball tournament in Austin.
This is the fourth time this decade the Lady Dogs have reached a regional tournament. They made three straight appearances from 2007-2009, with a state appearance in 2008. Last season while in Class 2A Thorndale reached the regional finals, losing to Poth.
“We played well. Thrall packed the lane and we made them pay by making some perimeter shots,” Lady Dogs Head Coach Bradley Dickerson said of the win over the Tigerettes. “We held them to six field goals and nearly half their points were free throws. I thought our defense was really good. We made them play our game.”
Thorndale led 22-9 at halftime.
Olivia Atkins had a big night with 15 points and 14 rebounds, followed by 13 points from Alix Hoffman.
Kelsey Faykus led Thrall with 13 points on the night.
“It’s always tough to beat someone multiple times (in the same season),” Dickerson said.
The Lady Dogs defeated the Tigerettes both times they faced each other in District 26A action this season.
The two teams also met in the third place game of the Rockdale Tournament early in the season.
The Lady Dogs opened up their 2013 playoff run on Friday night as they defeated No. 22 Barksdale Nueces Canyon (25-6) in Class A Division I Region IV area action at Llano High School. Thorndale used a career-high 29-point, 15-rebound performance from Atkins to win 54-35.
The Lady Dogs led just 14-7 at halftime but won the war on the boards out rebounding the Lady Panthers 44-17 to clinch the win.
“We were a little tight in the first half especially. I thought we loosened up in the second half,” Dickerson said. “We had too many turnovers in the first half and were 0-6 from the free throw line.”
Thorndale overcame 18 turnovers in the game.
Tamicka Cook and Hoffman complimented Atkins with eight points each. Cook added nine rebounds. Iris Leyendecker dished in seven assists.
The Lady Panthers were led by Nikki Milliorn’s 11 points, followed by 10 points from Ashley Harmon.
The team’s leadings scorer Abbey Falcon was held to just one point on the night.
Nueces Canyon was the second place team out of 27A. The Lady Panthers reached the area round after beating Sabinal 57-40 in bi-district action last week.