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BHS girls fight hard but still stumbling

Bearden girls’ basketball team fought hard Friday night and deserved nothing short of a victory over District 4-AAA rival Maryville Friday at BHS. But sometimes things just don’t work out the way they should.

“I thought we played hard, good defensive effort, good rebounding,” Bearden head coach Jennifer Allen said about her team’s 54-48 loss.

“Just like usual we had one bad quarter, it just had to be in the second this time.”

Things didn’t get any better Monday night at Webb School, as the Lady Bulldogs stayed close to the Lady Spartans well into the fourth quarter before losing 46-34. More on this game later in the article.

MHS 54 BHS 48

Maryville’s Katie Saxe got her team going early from her post position by scoring four quick points.

The quarter would continue at a tight pace, and heading into the second the game was tied 12- 12.

The second quarter was deadly for the Lady Bulldogs, as Maryville switched to a full court press. BHS turned the ball over on three of its first four possessions.

Maryville got hot at the 3:21 mark, mainly from transition points off of steals by the press. The Lady Rebels proceeded to go on a 10-0 run and take a decisive lead at 25-18.

With two quarters left, Maryville had a 29-20 lead.

Coming out of halftime the Lady Bulldogs used strong defense to try and mount a comeback. Bearden did not allow Maryville to get on the board until close to the four-minute mark of the quarter. But the Lady Bulldogs scored only four points themselves during the first half of the quarter.

With only one quarter left to play Maryville still lead 34-26. Nicole Austin drained a three to cut the lead to one at the 3:30 mark of the fourth. Back-up point guard Allysia Bailey put in a free throw to tie the game 48-48 with only 2:39 left, but that would be the last points the Lady Bulldogs would see the rest of the game.

Bearden was led offensively by co-TnBank Players of the Week Ashley Blue and Sarah Himmelreich, who scored 14 points each.

WEBB 46 BHS 34

Bearden, whose record stood at 5-19 overall and 1-13 in the district after Monday’s loss at Webb.

Winning its 20th game of the season (20-7 record), Webb was led by Leslie Roach’s 17 points followed by Kitty Houston with 12. Sarah Bibee added nine followed by Lindy Cohen’s five points.

Himmelreich’s 10 points topped all BHS scorers. Austin and Blue each added nine.

Bearden also suffered a loss to district foe South Doyle, 59-36, Feb. 3 at BHS.

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