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Lady ’Dawgs can’t hold halftime lead at SDHS

For the Bearden Lady Bulldogs it came down to just too much Sade Buley Friday, as the University of Kentucky signee finished with a game high 24 points to lead South Doyle (6-2 record) to a 63-52 victory at SDHS.

“We got her (Buley) in foul trouble early then she came back in and had a big third quarter on us,” Bearden head coach Jennifer Allen said. “She’s so tall and she can shoot so far outside. We played some man-to-man, played some two-three (zone), and she would just shoot right over our guards.”

Coupled with a 63-38 loss at District 4-AAA power Sevier County Monday night, the Lady Bulldogs record drops to 1-7 overall, 0-5 in the district.

Against the Smoky Bearettes, Blue led the BHS in scoring with 16 points, followed by Himmelreich with eight.


Bearden opened up with four straight turnovers and did not get on the board until the 4:10 mark of the first. But despite the their slow and sloppy start the Lady Bulldogs found themselves only down by one with 2:15 left in the first period. Rachel Hodge put in four of Bearden’s last six points to get an 11-8 lead at the end of the first.

Allen said the sloppy play was due to nothing more then poor execution.

“I don’t even think they were pressing us or anything,” Allen said. “We just didn’t execute. I remember we made one pass over somebody’s head that wasn’t even looking. We just did not execute very well.”

South Doyle and Bearden went back and fourth in the second trading baskets and runs. The difference for South Doyle was Buley’s seven points and last second lay-up to close out the half. The Lady Bulldogs’ lead was down to one, 23-22, going into the half.

The Lady Cherokees made their move in the third with an 8-1 run to start the quarter. Once again Buley was the reason, as she finished the quarter with 12 of her 23 points.

Bearden was lead by Sarah Himmelreich, who finished the third with nine of the team’s 13 points. South Doyle took a 45-36 lead heading into the fourth. Outscored 23-13 in the third quarter, Allen said that her young team is struggling early in the year to put a full game together.

“We’re still a young team with only one starter back from last year,” Allen said. “We’re getting better but we still have trouble putting whole games together.”

Bearden cut the lead to eight after Ashley Blue’s two, but that would be as close as they would get as South Doyle hit its free throws down the stretch. Hodge had a big fourth quarter, scoring eight of her team-high 17 points.

Hodge was named TnBank’s Player of the Week by coach Allen for her play Friday night and earlier last week in a 71-48 loss to Heritage Dec. 9 at BHS.

Two other Lady Bulldogs finished in double digits Friday, as Himmelreich put in 16 while Blue had 11.

Against the powerful Lady Mountaineers Dec. 9, Blue led in scoring with 17 followed by Himmelreich with 11.

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