THOMASVILLE, Ga. — Thomasville scored its final 10 points from the free throw line and held on to defeat Westside 47-41 Friday night in the second round of the girls Class AA state playoffs.
Thomasville advances to the third round for the first time in three years. The Bulldogs will play host to the Bleckley-Dublin winner at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“It was a tough win and every round is going to get harder and harder in the playoffs,” Thomasville coach Thomas McAboy said.
Westside ends the season 19-8.
After the Patriots closed within 33-31 on a Tyesha Ravenell three-point play to open the fourth quarter, Thomasville (25-2) went to work from the charity stripe.
Other than a Ja Dunbar basket early in the period, all of Thomasville’s 14 fourth-quarter points came at the line. That included the final 10 – nine coming in the final minute as the Patriots were forced to foul.
“We were able to knock down some of our free throws down the stretch, and just were able to finish the game,” McAboy said.
Trailing 20-19 at halftime, Thomasville had the chance to put the game away at the free throw line thanks to a big third quarter.
Bree Brown, who led the Bulldogs with 23, scored six in the quarter.
Westside was led by Jahmia Bradley’s 10 points.
CURTIS BAPTIST GIRLS 44,
DAVID EMANUEL 36 (OT)
In Tifton, Ga., Alyssa Spurlock scored 19 points and Lissa Robinson added 10 as Curtis Baptist (15-16) advanced to the quarterfinals of the GISA Class A playoffs.
AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN 55
In Sumter, S.C., Hammond bounced Augusta Christian in the semifinals of the SCISA Class AAA playoffs.
Nick Fortenberry scored 22 points to lead the Lions (20-6).