You’ll have to pardon Thorndale is they prefer to put a basketball bent on it.
The Lady Dogs harassed Somerville into 33 turnovers to fuel a 58-36 victory in the Class 2A, Region IV bi-district round Tuesday night.
It was the Lady Dogs’ first playoff win since 2013 when they reached the regional finals and their 23-6 record represents the most wins since then as well.
Thorndale—second in District 25-2A—moves forward to face No. 10 and defending state champion Weimar in the area round Friday in Giddings at 7 p.m.
Weimar (27-8) was the District 28-2A champion and defeated Center Point 59-16 in the bi-district round and has posted 13 straight wins.
Somerville—the third place team in District 26-2A—finishes the season at 17-15.
In a battle between fresh faced teams (Thorndale had the only senior on either roster), the taller Lady Yeguas battered Thorndale on the boards, but the Lady Dogs made up for the lack of board work with a tenacity on defense that kept Somerville off-balance all evening.
“I think the pressure and the pace on offense took its toll,” said Thorndale Coach Bradley Dickerson.
Thorndale got off to a slow start and trailed early on and went almost three minutes before it collected its first basket of the night.
However, once the Lady Dogs got rolling, they outscored Somerville 28-3 to construct a 20-point cushion in the middle of the second quarter.
Thorndale pumped in three treys to bolster the early effort—two from Presley Anastas and one from Blair McDaniel— in a three-minute span.
Thorndale went cold again and went the final five minutes of the second quarter without a basket and Somerville made a run at the Lady Dogs and by the middle of the third quarter, had trimmed the lead to 36-28.
However, as Lady Dog fans squirmed in their seats, they found the range again and clawed their way back to a 44-30 advantage heading into the final period.
Peyton Anastas’ basket with 5:15 remaining to be played allowed Thorndale to lead again by 20, 52-32.
Anastas, who finished with a career-high 26 points, posted 14 in the second half alone, mostly from the inside.
Presley Anastas complemented twin sister Peyton with 16, while Kylie Buchanan added 10.
Somerville committed 20 turnovers in the final two quarters, 10 in each period.
Thorndale was much less giving than their opponents, with just 10 turnovers and only three in the first half.
Center Krishna McGowen led Somerville with 14 points and 15 rebounds, but fouled out with 5:24 remaining in the game which hindered the Lady Yeguas comeback effort.
Only four Lady Yeguas scored in the game.