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After getting great exposure in the East over the summer months, the Vegas Bulldogs will be wrapping up the 2015 travel campaign closer to home at the La Jolla Tournament of Champions. The Vegas Bulldogs are the summer travel version of the Centennial High School team.
The La Jolla Tournament of Champions is an All Star Girls Report event that will feature many of the region’s top travel teams. The tournament will be played on Sept. 26 at the La Jolla Country Day School.
“We played in a lot of East Coast stuff this summer, and we got a lot of great exposure with the college coaches in the East. Now, we’re spending some time in the West,” noted Coach Karen Weitz. “I thought we had a great showing in the East. We played against a lot of different teams, and it was a great experience for our players.”
One of the keys to the Bulldogs’ success this summer was the arrival of the Thomas sisters, who recently moved to Las Vegas from Michigan. Bailey Thomas (2016) is a 5-9 shooting guard who has verbally committed to West Virginia. Sam Thomas (2017) is a 5-11, left-handed wing player. The All Star Girls Report has Bailey listed as the No. 195 recruit in her class, while Sam is ranked at No. 36 in the 2017’s.
“Both of the sisters are very, very smart players who picked up our system very quickly. They’re great kids, and we’re really lucky to have them,” Weitz said. “Bailey is a fundamentally sound player who is a very good shooter, both in the mid-range and from beyond the three-point arc. Sam is a very versatile player. She can bring the ball up, shoot it, or post up. She is also a very good, versatile defender.”
In addition to the Thomas sisters, the Bulldogs rely on Pam Wilmore (2017, 5-5, PG) and Nel Isbell (2019, 5-4, PG) in the backcourt.
“Pam is a point guard who will do whatever her team needs,” Weitz said. “She is a slasher with a very, very quick first step. Nel is a high motor player who just doesn’t stop. She loves to create and set up her teammates, but she can also shoot the ball well.”