Timpson Lady Bears hold off Tenaha
The Timpson Lady Bears traveled to Tenaha to face-off against the Lady Tigers for the second time this
year. The first meeting between these teams took place during the Tenaha Holiday Hoops Tournament.
Ultimately, the final result would repeat itself with the Lady Bears taking the victory, but the matchup
itself gave us a much different look at the Lady Tigers. Tenaha did a much better job keeping this
ballgame a close one. Timpson would take a 9-point victory over the Lady Tigers at 50-41.
From the tipoff, Timpson shot well from the floor. Late in the first period, Timpson had amassed a 12-0
lead over the Lady Tigers. Jonisha Thompson was finally able to put Tenaha on the board, when she sank
two free throws following a foul. The first period would end with Tenaha trailing 15-5.
Timpson’s full-court press is something that Tenaha struggled with in their previous matchup and the
same held true during this ballgame. The Lady Bears play aggressive defense as soon as their opponents
inbound the ball, and often they come away with a healthy number of turnovers. The Lady Bears built
on their lead and headed into the locker room leading 35-18, but not before Lucy Giles of Tenaha
knocked down a three just before the buzzer.
The Lady Tigers stepped things up on defense in the third period only allowing eight points from the
Lady Bears. Brylee Behrens of Timpson was responsible for all eight points scored during the third. This
marked the first quarter that Tenaha outscored the Lady Bears during this ballgame. Tenaha was able to
spread the ball around and put up 13 points while cutting into Timpson’s lead.
Down by 12 headed into the fourth quarter, Tenaha fought valiantly and trimmed the lead down to
nine, but after all the dust settled, the Lady Bears’ early lead would hold through the end of the fourth
“For what we want to do with Tenaha, you’ve got to bring a lot of energy,” said Timpson Head
Basketball Coach Bryan Braddock. “Our girls brought it the first quarter and most of the first half, and
then in the second half, we didn’t bring it. I subbed at one point, they hit five points in a row, our lead
goes from 20 to 15, starters go back in, they make some mistakes, and then it’s a 10-point ballgame.
Luckily, we built that lead early, and we were able to pull it out.”
Tenaha’s own Coach Garry Davison was much more pleased with his girls this second time around with
Timpson. “That’s a great Timpson team. I’m really proud of my kids. We didn’t show up in the first half,
that’s on me. I didn’t do my job to get my kids ready to play the first half, and we got way behind. I was
proud of my kids. I really thought they fought tooth-and-nail that second half, and we got back in it, had
a couple chances, a couple turnovers, but they’re a great team. I was glad my kids stepped up and
played after what we did in the Hoops Tournament. I didn’t think we competed there, but a much better
showing tonight,” said Davison.
Jonisha Thompson once again led the Lady Tigers in scoring, this time with a 14-point effort. Lucy Giles
proved to be a sharpshooter by posting 12 points, all from beyond the three-point line. Anali Giles
added seven points, Addy Duncan put up four, and Kamari Gray and Alisa Dodd each contributed two
For the Lady Bears, Behrens contributed most with a 13-point game closely followed by Jaycee
Campbell’s 12-point total. Hot on their heels was Harlie Ware who posted 11 points. Laiton Braddock
added seven, McKenzie Wynn deposited four, Kay’unna Curtis put up two, and McKenna Wynn was on
the board for one.