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With Himmelreich leading the way, Lady ’Dawgs roll

After a slow start, the Bearden High School Lady Bulldogs basketball team, led by junior forward Sarah Himmelreich’s 18 point performance, came together and slipped by the Clinton Lady Dragons 55-50 in the Hall of Fame Classic Thursday, Nov. 18, at BHS.

After a rather drab beginning to the game that produced a 6-6 tie at the end of the first quarter, the game picked up in the second quarter as both teams began to find their offensive rhythms.

“Kind of shaky, first game out,” BHS head coach Jennifer Allen said of her team’s season-opener. “But, overall I thought we did a pretty good job.”

Strong defense by the Lady Bulldogs, especially the press, allowed BHS to maintain a steady lead. “The press helped us early,” Allen said. “We got several turnovers that enabled us to get a couple of easy baskets and that got us going a little bit.”

Kelly Kohlbusch (11 points) joins Himmelreich as the only BHS players with double digit scoring.

Senior Ashley Blue contributed nine rebounds as the Lady Bulldogs dominated the boards. “We had a lot of girls step up,” Allen said. “It was a team game, that’s why we won.”

In a close game throughout, it was stingy defense by the Lady Bulldogs at the end that enabled Bearden to hold on to the victory.

“We tried to shut down twenty-two (Alicia Brown),” Allen said about her team’s defensive goal.

Brown tortured the Lady Bulldogs all game and ended the night with 20 points, but the BHS defense prevented her from scoring late in the fourth quarter, thwarting a CHS comeback.

“We were a little slow in the first half, but we picked it up in the second,” Himmelreich said. “Our press helped and we all started working together.”

As for team unity, “We are a lot more motivated this year, our whole team gets along really well," Himmelreich said. “We are motivated to win it and we want to really have a good season.”


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