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2012-02-16 / Sports

Eagles Fall to Thorndale Bulldogs

Still able to make State Playoffs as 3rd Place District Title Holder
by Mike Organ

Lexington tied the score at 25 just after halftime as they battled Thorndale for second place in district play. That was Lexington’s last challenge as they went stone cold from the field and Thorndale reeled off eight straight points to take a lead they would never relinquish. The Bulldogs went on for a 55-39 victory and secured second place in district action. Lexington will enter the state playoffs as the third place representative from District 27- 2A.

The game was a game of scoring runs by each team. In the first quarter the two teams displayed tough defense with neither team scoring in the first minute and a half of action. Thorndale finally hit a three- point shot, but Lexington had the answer. Zach Lay grabbed a rebound and put it in the bucket. He was fouled on the shot; the free throw that followed tied the score at three. Thorndale made a deuce to retake the lead. Donnie Havard made a three to tie the game at six. Then Thorndale reeled off seven straight points to take a 13-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Lexington missed numerous lay ups as their defense would get the Eagles the ball, but they could not convert the turnovers into points. Thorndale’s offense, when they got the ball across mid court, worked very well. The Bulldogs made easy shots under the basket. The teams went to the locker room at halftime, with Thorndale leading 25-21.

Jason Washington quickly erased the four-point lead for Thorndale, with his two quick drives to the basket. From that point on, Lexington quit blocking out properly, and, again, missed numerous critical lay- ups. Thorndale benefited from these mistakes as they ballooned their lead to 43-31.

Lexington started the fourth quarter on a good note, scoring the first four points, before the Dogs got two free throws. Thorndale followed with a lay-up, plus a free throw. When a Lexington player would relax on defense, the Bulldogs would find the opening for a quick score. A quick run put Thorndale up 50-35 to finish the game.

Coach Holcomb had set up plays twice , and they worked for lay ups. However, both were missed, which was the norm for the night. Lexington’s reserves finished the game as Lexington was consoled with a third place finish in district and a post season game.

The Eagle JV also lost to Thorndale 39-26. Jamyon Scott was the leading scorer with nine points.

Lexington will play a warmup game with Milano this week as they prepare for the state playoffs. Keep checking the Lexington Leader facebook page for place and times of future basketball games.

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