Originally created 02/29/04

Thomasville wins AAA tilt

Thomasville (24-2) found its shooting stroke before the Golden Hawks did en route to a victory in the Class AAA Sectional finals.

After a sluggish start by both teams, the Lady Bulldogs got a spark from long-range with back-to-back 3-pointers from Chaka Gosier and Jenny Henderson that sparked a 10-1 run over the last 2:15 of the first half, staking Thomasville to a 32-23 halftime lead.

Thomasville stayed hot to open the third quarter, scoring the first seven points after halftime to go ahead 39-23 on Jillian Crawford's 3-pointer with 6:15 to go in the period.

After a brief burst by the Golden Hawks cut the deficit to 39-28 with 4:54 left, Thomasville closed out the quarter with six straight points to enter the final quarter up 45-28.

Down 49-34 with 5:30 left in regulation, Rhodesha Middlebrook, who had a game-high 20 points, tried to rally the Golden Hawks with consecutive 3s to get them within 49-40 with 4:24 to go, but the effort wouldn't be enough.

Middlebrook finished the game with a game-high 20 points.


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