Things are beginning to turn in a positive way for the Winder-Barrow High School Lady Bulldoggs basketball team of late.
WBHS has won seven of its last nine outings and are now 7-8 overall and 3-4 in Region 8-AAAAA. The latest win was a non-region contest against long-time rival Monroe Area on the road Saturday. Coach Brandon Thomas saw his team hold on for a 41-36 win to avenge a close 38-36 setback to the Lady Canes in December.
“The schedule has been more favorable,” Thomas said. “We are playing some teams who have struggled, but the good news is we are winning those games. We’ll see how we do once we get back into the region schedule.”
Jasmine Lyles led the team in scoring with 13, including a crucial lay-up at the end of the game. Adrianna Davis added 11 points and had six rebounds.
The WBHS Lady Bulldoggs have four goals for the remainder of the season including:
•five region wins
•10 wins overall
•Finish above .500
•Qualify for state.
Thomas said he believes each of the goals are within reach although he said it would take an upset at some point for his team to make it to state.
Prior to Saturday’s road win at Monroe Area, the Lady Bulldoggs defeated East Jackson 46-40 in another non-region contest.
In that contest, Jasmine Lyles scored a game-high 24 points while Tiera Mayweather added nine points.
“East Jackson opened up in a 2-3 zone,” Thomas said. “We ended up shooting 19 3-pointers."
Lyles was 5-of-9 from behind the arc. It was one of the lowest turnover games of the season for WBHS (11). Overall, the team has 10 assists and was 8-of-11 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
“We did a good job of pressuring them without fouling, particularly in the first half,” Thomas said. “We only had four team fouls.”
The WBHS girls entered this week on a four-game winning streak. The team was also 2-1 in the East Jackson High School Swirlee’s Fro-Yo Classic with wins against Apalachee and Lanier and a 43-32 loss to Lakeview Academy.
Tuesday’s scheduled game against Clarke Central was postponed due to the school system being closed for weather conditions.
The Lady Bulldoggs will host Loganville Friday at 7 p.m.