Thomasville Times Enterprise

January 12, 2013

Senior sensation

Dunbar thriving in final season with Thomasville

Clint Thompson

THOMASVILLE — The Thomasville Lady Bulldogs endured a tough ending to their 2011-12 season.

They were thumped 69-22 by Laney in the second round of the Class AA tournament.

The defeat hurt junior Jacqueria Dunbar so much that she entertained thoughts of not play her senior season.

“I remember after losing to Laney, it was kind of a rough bout for her,” Thomasville coach Thomas McAboy said. “I think she just wasn’t happy with herself. She kind of felt like maybe she didn’t want to play anymore.

“She had a conversation with coach (Patriece) Brunner. I don’t know what it was about that game.”

Instead of ending her Lady Bulldogs career prematurely, Dunbar returned for his final season and is a big reason Thomasville is 13-1 and 3-0 in Region 1.

“When we came in for the summer, she just had a different mindset, a different work habit. Then we got through with our individual player meetings and the expectations for her,” McAboy said. “She just kind of put all that on her plate and made up in her mind it’s her senior year and she’s going to go out with a bang.”

Entering Friday night’s thrilling 40-39 win over Pelham, Dunbar was near the top of the team’s scoring leaders at 14.6 points per game. Dunbar’s specialty is lining up behind the 3-point arc where the senior is averaging between 3-4 per contest. No spot inside the half-court line is safe to leave Dunbar open. Whether it’s in the corner or at the top of the key, just behind the 3-point line or several feet beyond it, Dunbar is a deadly 3-point ace.

For full details, see Sunday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.