Thomas leads Lady Cats victory

Published 6:46 am Wednesday, January 19, 2011

April Thomas poured in a game-high 35 points Saturday night to lead the Bainbridge High School Lady Cats to a 59-51 home victory over the Pelham High School Lady Hornets.

The win improved the Lady Cats season record to 10-5.

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They returned to action last night against the Randolph-Clay High School Lady Red Devils in Cuthbert, Ga.

They will host the Cairo High School Syrupmaids Saturday at 6 p.m.

Thomas sealed the victory down the stretch with four free throws and a three-pointer. They led by just three, at 49-46, when she hit a three-point jumper from the right side to move the lead out to 52-46.

After Thomas hit two free throws at the 1:33 mark to make it 54-46, the Lady Hornets Ann Atkins hit a layup off the right glass at the 1:20 mark to cut it to 54-48.

Bria Harris added a free throw at the 47-second mark to make it 55-48, and Atkins hit a free throw at the 32-second mark to make it 55-49.

Two free throws by Harris at the 24-second mark made it 57-49, and the Lady Hornets TaShaunery Reese’s jumper in the lane with 12 seconds remaining cut it to 57-51.

Harris then laid one in off the right glass to conclude the scoring.

Lady Cats Coach Latreisha Moon called Thomas’ Saturday night performance outstanding.

“April Thomas not only had an outstanding shooting night,” she said. “She also led our fast break. Her speed and quickness are really a great asset.”

Behind Thomas in the Lady Cats’ scoring chart Saturday night were Harris with 12 and Brianna Wade with seven.

Reese led the Lady Hornets with 17. Deambria Thomas added 16 and Octavia Kierce put in 11.