The Toombs County Bulldogs opened up a 21-9 second quarter lead over West Laurens and they never trailed in a 57-42 victory over West Laurens in the Highway 280 Tip Off Tournament at Vidalia High School. This was the first regular season game for new head coach Laberton Sims.
Coach Sims is the fourth straight TCHS Bulldog basketball head coach to debut with a victory. Coincidentally, Chuck Hill, the coach he replaced was on the West Laurens bench as an assistant coach. Hill opened his two season Bulldog coaching career with an overtime home win over Wheeler County in 2014. In 2011 coach Kerry Brownlee began his TCHS career with a win at South Effingham and so did Reggie Wilkes when he coached his first game at South Effingham in 2010.
The Bulldogs only two double-digit scorers both hit their first shot. Jalen Mobley, who led the Dawgs with 20 points, and D.R. Meadows, who added 14, each knocked down a 3-point shot. The two combined to hit all eight TCHS 3-balls. Mobley drained five long shots including one each in the second and third quarters and two in the fourth. Meadows who sank three connected on one in the second quarter and a final one in the fourth.
L.J. Sims, who led the Bulldogs with 25 points in a 30 point home scrimmage win over McIntosh County Academy, got in to foul trouble and set out most of the first half. The senior fouled out with 6 points. Alex Blount logged a lot of minutes in the post in L.J.’s absense and scored 5. Karis Hardin came off the bench and scored 6 and Ermias Fisser, Montrey Williams and Tyrese Lewis each addeded 2.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Tuesday, at Vidalia High School, for a 5:30 p.m. game against East Laurens.
Lady Bulldogs open up the season with a 27-point win
The Toombs County Lady Bulldogs opened up their regular season with a 48-21 win over Irwin County at the Hugh McBride Tournament at Jeff Davis. Joann Gomez, Dominique Jones and Shakevia Knight each scored 9 points.
The Lady Bulldogs scored 14 points in the first quarter and 17 in the second as they opened up a 31-12 lead at half.
Lillian Pittman scored 6 points, Jocelyn Walker had 5, Ashunti Campbell 4, Calvinika Davis 3, Christine Mobley 2 and Diamond Logan 1.
The Lady Bulldogs made 12-of-17 free throws.