Thompson Warriors split a pair of area basketball games with Vestavia Hills

The Thompson High girls basketball team took a crucial step toward securing second place in Class 7 Area 5 with a 57-33 victory over visiting Vestavia Hills on Tuesday night.

With the win, the Lady Warriors (10-14 overall, 3-2 Area 5) moved ahead of Tuscaloosa County, which lost to Hoover on Tuesday, for second place. Friday night, the teams will get together at Tuscaloosa County in the final area game for both.

Thompson takes momentum into that game after overcoming a sluggish second quarter on the way to the wire-to-wire win. The Lady Warriors dominated early, scoring the first 10 points of the game, and led 12-2 at the end of the first quarter. The early lead came largely because the Lady Warriors played well on the defensive end. It also helped that Brooklyn Oden and Zoria Miller combined for eight points.

In the second quarter, though, Vestavia Hills (9-13 overall, 0-5 Area 5) was able to work its way back in the game because of some sloppy play and fouls by Thompson. By halftime, the Rebels had the lead trimmed to 19-16.

At halftime, Thompson head coach JoVanka Ward said her team “hit the refocus button” and it showed immediately in the second half. A 11-2 run out of the halftime locker room included four points from Kahyanne Bolton, baskets by Miller and Brooklyn Oden and a 3-pointer by Niya Oden. It wasn’t always pretty after that but the Rebels never trimmed the deficit to single digits.

Brooklyn Oden had a team-high15 points, including three 3-pointers, Miller finished with 11 points and eight rebounds and London Wooley had 10 points, with six coming in the fourth quarter. Bolton had nine points and Niya Oden had eight points.

Boys

Thompson couldn’t overcome a quick start by Vestavia Hills in the 92-67 area loss to the visiting Rebels.

Vestavia Hills (17-5 overall, 4-1 Area 5) scored the first 18 points of the game to take command. Thompson’s first basket – a 3-pointer by Laparris Whatley – came with 2:44 left in the opening quarter. Vestavia Hills led 23-10 at the end of the first quarter.

The Rebels continually hurt Thompson (1-18 overall, 0-5 Area 5) with its size in the frontcourt. But the Warriors kept battling throughout.

Roy’el Everson led Thompson with 15 points and Zachary Littleton had 14 points with four 3-pointers. William Hopkins added 10 points, Whatley finished with nine points and James Mitchell chipped in with eight points.

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