The Lady Jaguars (9-6 overall, 2-2 subregion) enter tonight’s subregion game against the Bulldogs (11-4, 3-0) having lost three of its last four games — a 77-51 loss to Jackson on Jan. 5, a 42-33 win against Central Macon on Tuesday, a 63-55 loss to Eagles Landing on Friday and a 44-33 loss to Heritage on Saturday.
“Naturally with a young team they’re going to be down a bit, but in those games we just didn’t come to play. They were the better teams that night,” Spalding coach Shawn Thompson said.
“Can we beat those teams? Sure, when we come to play.”
Thompson said the team has been hurting with its guard play as Shay Williams has been in a scoring slump, forcing Larnesha Cotton and Nikki Dickson to play roles they’re not used to playing.
“We’ve got to stay with the basics, do the things we know we can do and do them well,” Thompson said. “Hopefully that will solve that problem.”
As for Mary Persons, Thompson said Spalding must contain junior forward Benedria Colbert, who is averaging 20 points in her last four games.
“You can’t afford to lose in this subregion and expect to come out on top,” Thompson said. “We’ve got to come out ready. It’s just a matter of us stepping up when we step on the court.”