“It is always great to get a region win and it is even better when it is one on the road,” Toombs County Lady Bulldog coach Melody Walker said after her team rallied in the second half to beat Metter 54-46 to open up Region 2 play. The Lady Bulldogs, who are 3-0 overall, play a non region game at Appling on Saturday, December 1 at 4 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed 20-12 after the first quarter and 27-22 at half. “We started off a little bit sluggish,” coach Walker said. “We turned the ball over and weren’t as disciplined as we should have been. We kind of picked it up in the second quarter and came out in the second half and got a lead and was able to maintain it.”
Toombs County stressed the inside game in the second half with 5-10 junior Ashunti Campbell scoring 11 points and 5-10 sophomore Amya Bullard adding 4. “We were able to feed the post a whole lot. We struggled converting on it in the first half. In the second half Ashunti Campbell and Amya Bullard were able to hit shots around the basket,” Walker said.
The Lady Bulldogs used their height to control the glass and outrebound Metter. “We were more aggressive and that was one of the things we talked about at halftime being more aggressive coming out defensively and offensively. I felt like it worked in our favor. We were able to get the momentum on our side and convert on our easy baskets.”
Freshman K.K. Monley led TCHS with 24 points. Despite not committing a single foul the point guard was able play her usual game- stealing the ball and scoring in transition. “K.K. was able to pick off a lot of passes at the top of our defense and take it to the other end and convert on lay ups and she was 9-for-10 at the free throw line tonight.”
The Lady Bulldogs, who were just 7-of-13 (54%) from the free throw line in their pre-Thanksgiving win over Screven County improved to 13-for-20 (65%) at the stripe at Metter. “It is one thing we have worked on as a team all week long and tonight was one of those nights where it really showed and we are pleased with that as a coaching staff.” Toombs County committed only nine fouls while Metter was whistled for 17.
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