THOMASVILLE -- Thomasville girls basketball coach Margie York was just as surprised at her team's 33-point whippin' it put on Appling County in the first round of the Class AAAA tournament as her counterpart last Saturday.

York said the opposing coach came up to her after the game and said that wasn't the team they saw on film. York agreed.

What showed wasn't the team that squandered an eight-point lead in the waning moments of the Region 1-AAA championship game against Westover.

"It's gone, gone bye-bye," Thomasville center Shaniece Brunner said of the memories of Thomasville's loss to Westover.

The Lady Pirates came at Thomasville with their full-court pressure, which proved ineffective, even with the Lady Bulldogs playing without their starting point guard Chaka Gosier due to an ACL injury.

Brunner said that since her team had difficulties with pressure during the regular season, teams would try pressure them in the postseason.

But Brunner and the Lady Bulldogs have an answer.

"They're going to be surprised with how we handle it," Brunner said. "The guards stepped up."

Thomasville roared to the 74-41 rout.

"I have no control over them," York said jokingly over the phone Tuesday. "I've done all I can do. I'm just along for the ride now."

The Lady Bulldogs will be riding to Savannah this week as they play Laney at 7 p.m. Thursday at Savannah State.

Thomasville enters Thursday's game at 22-2, while Laney is just as hot with a 26-2 record and a 23-game winning streak.

Laney hasn't lost since Dec. 5.

"I like that, because you're about due one," York said.

York discovered that the hard way this year when her Lady Bulldogs opened the season with 19-straight victories before falling to region-rival Westover.

Like Appling, Laney will look to force miscues by attacking Thomasville with its defense.

"They're very athletic, and they love to full-court pressure," York said.

"They'll come at you hard. They like playing fast-tempo and make defense their offense."

Thomasville's game will be aired on KPAX 1240 AM.

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