For the second straight time the Toombs County Lady Bulldogs have beaten their rival Vidalia in a Region 2 game in Lyons. On January 30, 2018 the Lady Bulldogs edged Vidalia 29-23 stopping an 11-game losing streak to their rival and then on January 8, 2019 TCHS followed that up with a 44-40 overtime victory.
Toombs County is 9-5 overall and 5-4 in Region 2 and the Lady Bulldogs are in fourth place in the region all by themselves.
The Lady Bulldogs spent most of the first three quarters trailing on the scoreboard. They were down 6-4 after the first quarter, 21-11 at half and 29-17 going to the fourth quarter. That is when freshman K.K. Mobley, playing in her first Toombs County/Vidalia game, stepped up her offensive game.
Mobley scored 10 of her 22 points in the final quarter as TCHS outscored Vidalia 17-5 to tie the game at 40 at the end of regulation. Mobley made four buckets and sank both of her free throws in the final period and then she scored 6-of-10 points for the Lady Bulldogs in overtime. K.K. hit a bucket and 4-of-6 free throws in OT.
Ziahya Griffin tied the game with less than a minute to play in regulation with a bucket and she scored the other four points in overtime hitting a two-pointer and 2-of-3 free throws. Griffin finished with 6 points, Amya Bullard scored 7, LiliAnn Pittman 4, Calvnika Davis 3 and Ashunti Campbell 2.
“Before the game and at halftime I challenged the girls to step it up defensively and we did a poor job of that in the first half and even the third quarter,” head coach Melody Walker said. “Going into the fourth quarter I took a chance on one of my freshman who I had already spoken to earlier today about the importance of defense and she just really embraced that and she came out and gave us a real lift on defense. She didn’t score a single point, but she did an excellent job on defense.”
Trinity Robinson was that freshman and her pressure on the ball forced the Lady Indians to turn the ball over and Mobley was able to pick off passes and go down and make lay ups.
The Lady Bulldogs also helped their cause with improved free throw shooting. Toombs sank 9-of-16 (56.4%) at the line while Vidalia made 7-of-26 (26.9%). “K.K. was 6-of-9 tonight which was an improvement over the last two games. She hit some big free throws down the stretch and today was her (15th) birthday and that was another thing, to get the win for you personally and she hit a couple of jump shots that were huge for us as well,” Walker said.
The Lady Bulldogs continued to play aggressively in overtime. “We were already shooting in the double-bonus so we knew that if we stayed after it aggressively on defense and attacked the basket offensively we would get fouled and go to the line,” Walker added.
For all the TCHS freshman this was their first time to play in the rival game with a larger and rowdier crowd than they normally play in front of during a regular home game. “One thing I was more intentional about tonight was not being too loud,” Walker said. “The gym was already loud and I didn’t want to do a lot of fussing and get them overly stimulated with that to the point where they couldn’t play their game. I needed them to relax and still have confidence in their ability. They took care of business tonight. It was not pretty by any means, but we got the job done.”
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