Also key to the win was the Lady Aggies’ defense, which allowed only five first quarter points to Talladega to gain a hard-to-surmount 19-5 advantage.
Thomas hit her stride in the third quarter, scoring 22 points during the quarter. She scored 25 points in the first half.
Talladega struggled with the Sylacauga defense, especially their full-court press. Thomas was able to gather double digits in points off turnovers in the third quarter alone. Thomas also had her share of impressive shots without the assistance of her defense.
She closed out the first quarter with a long-range two-point shot just before time expired while being double teamed.
By halftime, the team had pushed its lead to 44-23. Following Thomas’ third quarter scoring binge, the team held a decisive 66-35 advantage.
Thomas made another impressive basket in the fourth quarter, as she drove inside the lane and fired off a difficult shot while being double teamed. She made two free throws on Sylacauga’s next offensive possession, before being lifted in the fourth quarter.
The win improved the third-ranked Lady Aggies overall record to 8-1.
Gabreial Johnson led Talladega in scoring with 11 points.
CVA 77, Bessemer Aca. 65
The Coosa Valley Academy Lady Rebels were led by a triple-double from Danielle Richardson, as the team picked up a home win Friday night against Bessemer Academy, 77-65.
The team held a slender 32-24 halftime lead, before gaining an insurmountable 63-38 lead by the end of the third quarter.
Richardson finished with 37 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. She also had five steals. Kaylan Rich finished with a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Payton Stephens was a key to the team’s third quarter dominance, as she went 5-for-5 on 3-point shots in the second half, while finishing with 18 points and hitting six total 3-pointers. Allie Craft was tasked with playing man-to-man defense and was critical to the team’s efforts on that end of the court.
The win moves the team to a 4-2 overall record. They play again Monday at Edgewood Academy with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.
FAYETTEVILLE 41, WESTMINSTER 25
The Fayetteville Lady Wolves once again used a strong defensive effort to propel them to a win on Friday night against Westminster, 41-25. They only allowed two points during the first quarter and outscored Westminster 14-7 in the fourth quarter to secure a region win.
Kayla Williams led the team in scoring with 11 points, while Ledra Leonard scored in double digits with 10 points. Yasmine Brown contributed eight points, Brittany Snyder had six points, and Hailey Haynes had four points. Heather Blackmon chipped in two points.
“I’m very proud of these girls,” head coach Chad Wilkinson said. “They have done everything I’ve asked of them this year and they want to win. The chemistry on this team is remarkable and every player supports one another, whether they are on the court or off.”
The win improves the team’s record to 6-1. They host Shades Mountain Christian this afternoon with tipoff scheduled for 3 p.m.
ASD 49, ATLANTA AREA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 26
The ASD Lady Silent Warriors used a big defensive first quarter to carry them to a win Friday night in the Hackney Classic against Atlanta Area School for the Deaf. They allowed just two points in the first quarter, while scoring 20 points. By halftime, they led 41-5.
Tuesdae Dunklin led the team in scoring with 16 points, while Brittney Fisher finished in double digits with 10 points. Kristen Latham contributed nine points, while Te’Chana Dunklin finished with eight points. Kelly Ciganek led the team in rebounding with eight rebounds.
The win moves the team to a 4-3 overall record.
They host Mississippi School for the Deaf this afternoon with tipoff scheduled for 12:15 p.m. They will also host Georgia School for the Deaf tonight with tipoff schedule for 7:15 p.m.