THS girls 38, Central 36
The Jackets (4-8) never led and were tied for only 36 seconds. However, they missed a layup in the final 10 seconds that would have knotted the score again. But Ashley O’Neal’s shot rimmed out and Danisha Jones pulled in the rebound to help the Bulldogs (8-3) hold on.
“Apparently, this is the type of game we have to play,” THS coach Antonio Wade said. “I don’t mind playing low-scoring, defensive games but we missed too many open shots.”
Thomasville twice led by eight points in the first quarter but couldn’t stretch it more as Ricarsha Johnson got in foul trouble after scoring six points early. She finished with nine.
Still, whenever the Jackets pulled close, Thomasville answered even through a third quarter that saw the Bulldogs get all six of their points from the free throw line. That drought from the floor allowed Central to battle back from a 31-23 deficit midway through the period as Jade Guyton, who led the Jackets with 10 points, scored off a putback and then scored on a three-point play to make it 31-29. Guyton earlier hit a 3-pointer in the quarter as all her points came in the second half.
But Sapphire Austin scored six points in the fourth to keep THS out in front. Jones led the Bulldogs with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
“She can play,” Wade said. “Sometimes I have to get on her to get her excited and ready to play. She’s such a mild-mannered personality, we have to get her going. And when she does, she’s hard to stop.”