The Thomasville girls basketball team was victim to powerhouse Laney by virtue of a 69-32 loss in the first round of the state tournament.
Coach Antonio Wade said the loss was “a tough one” and that the girls struggled from the beginning.
“We just didn’t follow the gameplan,” Wade said. “I’ve got a young team and I think the moment was just too big for them.”
The Lady Bulldogs played on the heels of two tough defeats in the 1-AA Tournament last week. Thomasville fell in a gut-wrenching overtime loss to Early County in the semifinals after seemingly taking the lead with 8 seconds remaining. They then lost ito Cook County in the consolation game for the No. 3 seed.
But Wade assured that Friday’s four and a half hour bus ride home will not be riddled with tears.
“It’s going to be a long ride, but we’re going to have fun,” he said. “We’re going to celebrate the season. I don’t like the way it ended, but I’m happy with the experience in this new adventure of my life.”
Wade capped his first season as Thomasville’s coach with a 16-12 record and state playoff berth – much improved from his initial 5-21 outing at Forest Park High School in the Atlanta area.
“I can cry, and I’m upset for the loss, but I’m proud of what we accomplished this year,” Wade said. “It’s better than the last [job] that I left. I look forward to making Thomasville a perrenial power in the state, and this is a good start.”
“[Being] how young the team was as far as varsity experience, I’m very excited about the future,” Wade said.
The boys team tips their state tournament run on Saturday at Westside Augusta at 8 p.m. This will be the first meeting between the two in program history.
Should they win, the Bulldogs will take on the winner of Vidalia and Macon County – also played on Saturday.