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Lady Bulldogs’ season ends with quarterfinal loss to South-Doyle

For the Bearden girls basketball team the third time must be the charm.

After dropping both regular season contests to archrival Farragut, the Lady Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the District 4-AAA Tournament with their 47-44 victory over the Lady Admirals Saturday at BHS.

"I think it was our turn," Bearden head coach Jennifer Allen said. "We’re very similar and they kind of at the last minute won the last two. I felt like it would be hard for them to beat us three times in a row."

Bearden gets the last laugh against Farragut despite having its own season brought to an end Monday by South-Doyle in a 57-38 SDHS quarterfinal win.

While the FHS girls end with a 14-16 record, Bearden finishes the 2003-04 season 7-23.

The Lady Bulldogs came into the game with some momentum from its one point overtime victory against Karns on BHS Senior night Thursday. Forwards Ashley Blue (21 points) and Sarah Himmelreich (17) led the way. Himmelreich was 10-of-10 from the free throw line.

"We’ve had so many close games all year," Allen said. "It was just time for us to win some of them. We’ve gotten a little bit better and gotten a little more mature. It was just our time."

BHS 47 FHS 44

Bearden came out strong in the first quarter on the defensive end, allowing Farragut only two points to lead 9-2 after one frame.

"We switched our defense this week," Allen said. "A little bit of gimmick stuff and maybe throw them off a bit."

Only 30 seconds into the second quarter Farragut’s all district players Natalie Munday picked up her third personal foul and was forced to the bench.

Playing less than four minutes in the first half, Munday did not score in the first 16 minutes and ended with just four points before fouling out in the closing seconds of the game.

“I thought that was a big key,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said of Munday’s foul problems. “But other people stepped up.”

Despite not having its best player on the court, Farragut stormed back on the shoulders of freshman Kara Beth Beverly who scored eight of her 13 points in the second quarter.

“She’s been playing well the second half of the season,” Driver said of Beverly. “And Rachel Simmons played well.”

Simmons, a sophomore post, stepped up and ended with a team-high 15 points.


Both teams picked up their offense in the second half, scoring 16 points a piece in the third quarter and headed into the final period with Bearden up 33-32.

Himmelreich opened up the final quarter dropping in five of her 11 points including a key three-pointer at the 6:55 mark that pushed the BHS edge to 38-35.

The game would go back and fourth and Farragut got the lead 42-41 with 1:50 left when Beverly drained a three then put in another two on the next trip down the court.

But Bearden, who had struggled all year long in the close ones, seemed to have all the answers for whatever Farragut tried to do. One of the big reasons for the Lady Bulldog victory was that they went 5-6 from the free throw line in the fourth while Farragut had no attempts in the entire quarter.

Coach Allen credited Blue —who was honored before the game with All-District regular season honors along with Farragut’s Munday — and Himmelreich with leading BHS to victory with 11 points each and numerous rebounds.

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