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Jada Kendrick tries to drive past an Oak Hill Middle defender.

Despite losing to Oak Hill Middle School in the region championship, this has been a very successful season for the Thomson-McDuffie Middle School girls basketball team.

Last Thursday they hosted the championship for the CSRA Middle School Region.

Oak Hill proved to be a powerhouse with an offense led by one player who scored 21 of the team’s 41 points. Oak Hill defeated TMMS 41-19.

“It just didn’t work out our way,” said TMMS Coach Vincent Green. “I figured our best move was playing man but the size finally wore us down.  I think size got to them in the second half.”

Green said Oak Hill has been beating teams by 30 and mostly 40 points all season and his team did  good to stay with them as well as they did.

“Really they just outplayed us the second half,” he said.

Even though TMMS did not win the championship, the season has been one of improvement.

“I told the girls you can’t hold your heads down. I know we wanted to win a championship,” the coach said after the game. “Our goal was to get further than we did last year. But, once you get to the championship game your not happy just being here. We weren’t just happy being here. We wanted to win it.”

Jada Kendrick led the TMMS scoring with 9 points. Others scoring included Sha’liyah Bacon, 4 points; Yivon Moss, 4; and Ja’Niah Drake, 2. Green said Bacon, Kendrick and Moss have been team leaders this year.

The TMMS team ends the season 15-1, which is an improvement over last year’s 10-3 season which ended when they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

“It’s been a good year. The girls came in and the girls worked hard. That’s the only thing I could ask for; is that they work hard,” Green said.

In reflecting on the season, Green said Thomson High School Coach Christian Jackson really helped the middle school girls by allowing the team to play in her high school summer league.

“She let us play in her summer league and we played up. We played the small varsity schools like Warren County, our high school, and Aquinas,” Green said. “I knew we should be pretty special after the summer.”

Although the middle school team will lose several eighth graders at the end of the year, Green has tried to work the younger girls in throughout the season to prepare them.

“We’ve got a good group of seventh graders coming back and we’ve got a good group of sixth graders,” he said. “We’re trying to integrate those sixth graders in so we can build a program so that we can be competing and moving forward.”

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