Thompson girls pick up another win

Published 4:47 pm Tuesday, November 27, 2018

By SETH HAGAN | For the Reporter

ALABASTER – The Lady Warriors bounced back from a tough road trip in Huntsville last week and returned home to take care of business against the Dora Bulldogs on Monday, Nov 26.

Thompson dominated the boards and generated extra possessions in multiple ways to run the Bulldogs out of Warrior Arena, 63-24.

“I liked our effort, I think it was a huge bounce back for us. We went up to Huntsville and it was one of the ugliest games I’ve ever been a part of,” said Thompson head coach Jovanka Ward. “I think if we can pressure, I do like to create some offense from our defense so that was something we were able to get going tonight.”

The Warriors scored 12 of their 18 first quarter points off turnovers and second chance points as they overwhelmed Dora from the start.

London Wooley was in the passing lanes all night and scored eight of her 14 points in a 14-0 run that gave Thompson a double-digit lead for good.

Thompson forced eight turnovers and also grabbed an incredible eight offensive rebounds in the first quarter that left them with an 18-5 lead.

“London is a track athlete who has a lot of bounce and energy,” Ward said. “We’re asking her to be more of a point guard and handle the ball this year, but when she can play freely, especially on defense, that’s one of her assets. She’s just wiry and I love her at the top of that press using her energy and spring to cause some of those deflections.”

Thompson continued to lock down on defense and give themselves good opportunities in the second quarter as the lead stretched to 27 at the half.

Brooklyn Oden scored 10 of her team-high 17 in the period and showcased her range of abilities from second chance points off the boards to the free throw line and even drilled a shot from long range a couple of possessions before halftime where the Warriors led 35-8.

“Brooklyn is another one trying to figure out what to do and where to be,” Ward said. “We’re asking her to play multiple positions, but she can play the one through the four for the most part. We’re trying to accentuate all the things that she can do. She can post up and defend and also handle the ball well.”

The Warriors didn’t let up after halftime, either. Another 18-point quarter nullified Dora’s best offensive effort as Thompson took a commanding 55-17 lead into the fourth quarter where a running clock quickly finished the game.

Thompson (3-3) will hit the road and join the boys squad as they head up to Homewood to face the Patriots on Thursday, Nov 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.