For the second time in 10 days the Toombs County Lady Bulldogs beat Montgomery County despite trailing 12-2 after the opening quarter. They defeated the Lady Eagles by eight (59-51) in Lyons on November 17 and 34-29, in Mount Vernon, on the day after Thanksgiving.
JoAnn Gomez helped the Lady Bulldogs overcome a 24-14 halftime deficit by scoring nine points in the third quarter and four in the fourth. She finished with a game-high 17. “JoAnn works hard on defense, but we needed her to do what she does best offensively and that’s get to the basket,” coach Melody Walker said. “She is a strong mid-range shooter and she was able to break out and hit some big shots for us.”
The Lady Bulldogs limited Montgomery County to five second half points. The Lady Eagles leading scorer Heather Brooker (11 points) hit 3-0f-4 free throws to tally all of her team’s points in the third quarter. Fantasia Miller scored Montgomery’s only fourth quarter points dropping in a two.
“At halftime we were able to make some much needed adjustments. We reiterated the importance of getting to the basket because Montgomery County was in foul trouble. Defensively we alternated between full court man and full court zone defenses,” added Walker.
Shakevia Knight scored seven points including four in the fourth quarter, Jocelyn Walker had six and Christine M0bley four. The Lady Bulldogs did not make a three point shot and they were 12-of-26 at the free throw line.
Lady Bulldogs take care of Irwin County
On Monday, prior to Turkey Day, the Toombs County Girls beat Irwin County 51-26. Walker scored 18 points and collected 11 rebounds. Knight and Gomez each scored eight points.
Bulldogs rally to tie and lose in OT at Montgomery County 74-66
The Toombs County Bulldogs opened up the season losing a home game to Montgomery County in which the Eagles scored 29 points in the fourth quarter. In the rematch, in Mount Vernon, the Eagles, scored 25 in the second quarter. However, the Bulldogs rallied and tied the game at the end of regulation. D.R. Meadows made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to two and Tyrese Lewis drove to the hoop and scored to tie game at 63 after the end of regulation.
In the extra four minutes the Eagles continued a trend of getting to the foul line. Montgomery County made 6-of-7 at the line in overtime and 26-of-38 in the game in a 74-66 victory. TCHS was 1-of-4 at the line in OT and 9-of-18 in the game.
The Eagles outscored Toombs County 15-12 in the first quarter and 25-12 in the second and led 40-24 at half. Then the Bulldogs rallied by winning the third quarter 19-11 and the fourth 20-12.
Senior Jordan Usher, playing in his first Bulldog game since the 2013-14 season, led TCHS with 16 points. He scored six points in the first and fourth quarters. Usher last played in a region playoff game at the Toombs County Middle School Gym on February 10, 2014 . He scored three points in a 72-51 loss to Bryan County. His only field goal was scored on a drive to the bucket. Usher missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury in a football game at Pierce County on October 17, 2014 . He set out the scrimmage game at Long County and the first two regular season games after tweaking that knee in practice.
Meadows also scored 16. He missed the entire third quarter after picking up three fouls in the first half. Meadows helped lead the second half comeback by scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter and two in overtime. The point guard drilled two 3-pointers in the final period and he was 4-for-4 at the line.
Lewis, a freshman, fouled out with 12 points and he hit two 3-balls. Jalen Mobley hit a 3-pointer and scored seven points as did Keshawn Morgan, who scored all his points in the third quarter. The sophomore was 3-for-4 at the line. Alex Blount added six points and Andre Cark two for the 0-3 Dawgs.