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Lady ’Dawgs end the week 2-0

Bearden’s girls’ basketball team picked up a 41-37 win Saturday afternoon over Fulton in unusual fashion at BHS.

The Lady Bulldogs iced the game in the final minute by going 5-of-6 at the free throw line. Guard Joy Spaulding played a huge part by going 3-of-4 on back to back trips to the line.

"Lately we’ve been struggling a lot from the line," head coach Jennifer Allen said. "And for her (Spaulding) to step up big time and make those was great."

The game was a slugfest in the beginning with each team trading hard fought basket for hard fought basket. The Lady Bulldogs headed into the second period with a 13-9 lead. The BHS lead was down to 17-15 at the 2:45 mark of the second. Fulton’s defense caused some key turnovers to slow the Bearden attack and outscore the Lady Bulldogs 16-8 in the second quarter. At the half Fulton held a slight advantage, 25-21.

Allen said that a lack of chemistry caused her team to lose composure during the second quarter.

"We were ahead pretty early in the game then we did some stuff and tried to get everybody in and kind of lost our continuity a little bit," Allen said. "Then play kind of let down there for a minute right there and that made a little bit of a difference."

The second half would be no different from the first, with both teams playing tremendous defense. The teams combined to score only 11 points in the third quarter and headed into the fourth with the score 29-28 in Fulton’s favor. Allen said some changes helped her team’s defense become even tougher in the second half.

"We switched to a two-three (zone)," Allen said. "It just seemed in this game to be a little more successful for us."

The fourth provided a littlemore fireworks on the offensive side as both teams laid their claim for the victory. Bearden took a 34-31 lead after Sarah Himmelreich put in two of her team high 17 points. The Lady Bulldogs would never look back taking the victory and finishing the week 2-1 after defeating Cocke County 47-34 and losing a close one to William Blount 58-54 Jan. 13.

"We had a real good performance (over the week)," Allen said.

Ashley Blue finished the game with 10 points and was named TnBank’s Player of the Week by Allen for her consistent play in the team’s games over the week. Spaulding ended with seven points, Rachel Hodge had five and Nicole Austin scored two.

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