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February 12, 2014

Bulldogs basketball heads to 1-AA Tourney

Girls tip vs. Early County, 4 p.m.; Boys take on Pelham, 8:30 p.m.

THOMASVILLE —

The Lady Bulldogs’ march to its fourth region title in five years begins today.

Thomasville takes on Early County in a 1-AA semifinal at 4 p.m. today at Pelham. This will be the third meeting between the two. Thomasville owns a 2-0 advantage from the regular season.

“We’re pretty much going to have the same gameplan,” girls coach Antonio Wade said. “We’re going out like we have all year and run up-tempo.”

Wade’s team was dealt a first round bye after finishing in a three-way tie with Early and Cook County. He’s used the time for rest having dealt with a few injuries, notably to Rikasha Jones and Zombria Morrow.

Jones, whose knee injury is not yet healed, will not be in action and likely won’t be back for the state tournament. Morrow will be re-installed today, though her role will be limited with an ailing ankle.

Regardless of tonight’s outcome, the Lady Bulldogs will have three games remaining after being guaranteed a spot in the state playoffs as the 1-AA No. 2 seed. But Wade insists that outset will not steer the team from focus.

Thomasville could host up to three home games in the state tournament with another region title.
The Thomasville boys began their region tournament with Tuesday’s 57-38 win over Fitzgerald.
The Bulldogs take on Pelham today at 8:30 p.m. – their sixth game in 12 days.

“I love it. As a coach, there’s no better practice than real games,” boys coach Ben Tillman said. “It’s really helped me get good looks at our players and that’s what you need going into the tournament.”

These teams last met in brute battle at Thomasville on Jan. 31., with the Hornets ousting the Bulldogs 58-47 in the final minutes. 

“Pelham is a veteran-coached team and we’ve got much respect for them,” Tillman said. But we like what we have too. There’s no intimidation factor."

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