THOMSON — With the teams taking turns grabbing the lead only to lose it, Thomson’s one-point edge in the closing seconds could have been seen as tenuous at best.
But a Washington County possession ended without a point or defensive foul, and a last attempt banked off the backboard and then off the rim as the Thomson boys basketball team beat Washington County 69-68 Tuesday night.
“We’re still undefeated in the region, so far,” Bulldogs coach Michael Thomas said.
The lead changed hands eight times in the fourth quarter, though Thomson (10-3) did get a 67-62 advantage on a Torrie Battle 3-pointer before Sherrod Hart got the final, game-winning points at the line.
Earlier, A.J. Gray and the Golden Hawks weren’t done at 67-62, with Gray using his quickness and body control to make back-to-back layups to put his team up 68-67.
However, Hart was given a trip to the line on a foul during a drive, and he sank both shots. Hart had 16 points, as one of five Bulldogs to get at least eight points.
In the girls game, Washington County escaped with a 33-32 win.
Down by seven after three quarters, the Lady Hawks appeared to be in danger of losing for just the second time this season. But Nia Johnson and Shon Kitchens combined for 10 points in the final period and the pressure defense held Thomson to only four points in the quarter.
Washington County (15-1) took the lead for good with 12.6 seconds remaining, when an offensive rebound led to an and-1 basket.
Still, after Thomson turned it over and the Lady Hawks missed two foul shots, the Lady Bulldogs had one more chance.
But Jadah Lawson’s shot didn’t get a friendly roll and the ball bounced away.
“These games build character,” Washington County coach Sug Parker said. “It allows us to know what our weak spots are.”