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February 14, 2014

Thomasville hoops shift focus

Basketball squads eye state tournament

THOMASVILLE —

Thomasville’s 25 mile bus ride home from Pelham on Friday was riddled with a clutter of mixed emotions.

The boys won 47-44 in their consolation game against Cook County in dramatic fashion after bowing to No. 1 Pelham, 58-41 in Thursday’s 1-AA semifinal. They finished No. 3 in in the region with a 14-13 record.

The girls, still recuperating after Thursday’s 57-48 gut-wrenching overtime loss, “just didn’t come to play” on Friday, coach Antonio Wade said, and lost to Cook, 41-27.

“Playing for third place isn’t as important as playing for first place. I think that’s the mindset we had.”

Wade said that Cook didn’t employ any difficult defensive tactics – just that his team didn’t take advantage of shot opportunities.

Though his defense held its opponent to under 42 points for the 13th time this season, Wade wasn’t keen to find a silver lining. He said he won’t reflect much from Friday’s contest as he begins gameplan prepartion for the state tournament, which begins late next week.

“I’m not taking anything away from this game,” Wade said. “As far as the season, I can take away things that we’ve done well.

“I think we’ll have a good week of practice. The girls have to buy into the gameplan I put together.”

But what’s the most mounmental factor moving forward?

“We can’t be afraid of the moment,” Wade said. “Whatever gym we go to, it’s going to be tough. But that doesn’t mean we can’t win. And they have to believe that.”

The Lady Bulldogs finished fourth in the region and will play in the Laney bracket.

Tillman’s bunch, on the other hand, rode home Friday with a persevering attitude.

His Bulldogs dropped their third game of the season to Pelham on Thursday but bounced back to beat Cook in the final minutes.

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