The Thorndale Lady Dogs took advantage of a cold-shooting Thrall team Tuesday night, and rolled to a 65-22 win over the Tigerettes.
Rachel Trussell hit a pair of free throws in the opening seconds and Bree Tretter pulled down an offensive rebound and put the ball in with 6:51 to play in the opening period that staked the Tigerettes to a 4-0 lead. A minute later Trussell scored on a baseline jumper and Thrall was up 6-1.
Thorndale responded with a Kyndal Robinson 3-pointer to cut the lead to two, but Tretter scored on another second-chance basket to make the score 8-4 with 4:47 to play in the first. Abigail Dickerson connected on a 3-pointer from the right side of the arch and added a pull-up jumper a few seconds later that gave Thorndale its first lead of the game, 9-8.
The lead changed hands twice in the closing minutes of the first quarter. Ashlyn Jarosek hit a layup with 3:05 to play to give Thrall a 10-9 advantage, but Robinson’s driving jumper put the Lady Dogs back in front. Thrall finished off the quarter with a Miranda Richter layup and she added a free throw with 36 seconds on the clock and the Tigerettes lead 13-11 after one.
“We got off to a good start,” said Thrall Coach Katina Walker. “But, we had too many turnovers and we just couldn’t get our shots to fall after that.”
Thorndale wasted little time taking control of the game in the second period. The Lady Dogs ran off 14 unanswered points to take a 25-13 lead. Makala Lafferty, who finished with a game-high 16 points, scored nine of Thorndale’s points in the run. Thrall finally got on the board with 3:29 to play in the half when Aubrie Henderson hit a short jumper. Thorndale scored the final six points of the half and took a 31-15 lead into the locker room.
It was more of the same in the third quarter. Thrall was limited to a single basket, a layup by Aly Jones, while Thorndale rolled up 17 points in the period. Lafferty added another six points to her total, and Bailee Baker added a pair of 3-point jumpers that pushed the Lady Dogs’ lead to 48-17 going into the final period.
Thorndale put another 17 points on the board in the final stanza. Dickerson, who finished the game with 12 points, scored seven in the period, including her second 3-pointer of the game. For Thrall, Jarosek scored three and Henderson added another bucket to round out the scoring for the Tigerettes.
Jarosek led the Tigerettes with five points while Tretter, Henderson, and Trussell each had four. In addition to Lafferty and Dickerson’s totals, Thorndale secured nine points from Baker and eight from Kelsey Kovar.
Thorndale’s win, coupled with their win over Holland in a make-up game Wednesday night, gave the Lady Bulldogs second place in the district standings. Thrall, who had already secured a playoff as well, will finish the season in fourth place and will play the Schulenburg Lady Shorthorns next Thursday at Caldwell High School in the bidistrict round of the playoffs. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“We’re looking forward to the playoffs,” Walker said. “We just have to pick up our intensity. Schulenburg is a good team, and we’ll have to have a good game against them if we want to advance.”