On the eve of the start of the 2016-17 Toombs County High School basketball season, former Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs returned for an evening of competitve basketball in a gym where they never got to play.
Toya Rogers led the white women’s team to a 16-13 victory by hitting two big 3-pointers in the second half and then in the men’s game the white team broke open a close game in the third quarter and rolled to an 83-48 win. Richard Shipman, who scored an estimated 30 points and Brandon Driggers roughly 15, helped ignite a long run.
Rogers played on a Lady Bulldog team which came within two points of making it to the GHSA State Tournament Final 4. The 2000 Lady Bulldogs went 26-3 and they beat Dodge County 47-39 and Berrien County 50-45 in the first two rounds of the state tourney before they lost to Harris County 40-38 in Macon. Harris scored the game-winning points right before the buzzer.
Toya played at Brewton -Parker College and in the 2003-04 season she averaged 10.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game with a high game of 26. Current Toombs County Lady Bulldog coach Melody Walker played on that team and averaged 8.7 points.
Driggers played on the last Toombs County Bulldog team to beat Vidalia and play in the state tourney. The 2011-12 Bulldogs defeated Vidalia 63-59 in Lyons.
|From Toombsnow– Senior Brandon Driggers, who set up his teammates with his patented creative passes in the first three quarters of the game, scored half of his eight points in the fourth and hit an 18-footer with five minutes to play that gave TCHS it’s biggest lead at 21. “It was Senior Night and we needed to come out and play like we are suppose to play,” said Driggers. “Vidalia is a good team, but we came out and played Bulldog basketball and did what we had to do.”|
The 13-12 Bulldogs lost at Thomasville 51-36 in the first round of the state tournament. Brandon is now coach Driggers. He has been an assistant coach for the past several seasons, at TCHS, and will continue his role this season.