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Three wins for Allen’s girls
Blue, Himmelreich, Kohlbusch led the way way for Lady Bulldogs

KINGSPORT — Four games in five days finally caught up to the Lady Bulldogs as they lost to Jefferson County 49-33 on Saturday, Dec. 18, at Dobyns Bennett High School.

After defeating Dobyns Bennett 60-49 the day prior, the Lady Bulldogs (7-3 overall record) couldn’t put things together against the Lady Patriots.

“Jefferson County was a real good team,” BHS head coach Jennifer Allen said. “We played four games in five days and I think we were pretty much on empty.”

According to Allen, missed free-throws, wide open lay-ups and a poor shooting percentage of 23 percent on 11-of-48 from the field attributed to the loss. “We just couldn’t seem to muster up anything,” Allen said.

Ashley Blue led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 points while Sarah Himmelreich added 12.

Jefferson County’s offense was led by Ashley Huff’s 26 points.


Blue led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points as BHS beat Dobyns Bennett.

Himmelreich added 10 while Kelly Kohlbusch and Dena Riner each scored eight.

A 19-point second quarter lifted the Lady Bulldogs as they went into halftime with a 37-21 lead and held on from there.

For the Lady Indians, Lauren Jarvis scored 17 points on 7-13 shooting from the field.


In what started as an offensive struggle for both teams ended with a BHS blowout victory over Cocke County 52-17 on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at BHS.

With a 7-6 Lady Bulldog lead at the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs picked it up in the second and entered halftime with a 22-11 advantage.

The Lady Bulldogs rolled in the second half as they outscored Cocke County 30-6. “I didn’t think we started out with too much intensity then we picked up the intensity and did a real good job, everybody got to play a lot,” Allen said.

Himmelreich was the high scorer with 12 as Allysia Bailey added nine and Ashley Blue tacked on eight.

“It’s a big boost because we haven’t lost at home yet and we are really excited about that,” Himmelreich said. “I know the games we have lost we know that they are beatable and it’s really good for us to know that.”


After trailing by four points going into halftime 27-23, BHS found answers and came out in the second half and dominated former state power Sevier County, picking up the 51-37 win on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at BHS.

It all came together for the Lady Bulldogs in the second half as they outscored the Lady Smoky Bears 28-10 and came away with a decisive win.

“We got off to a slow start, left them wide open and let them shoot the ball too much,” Allen said. “Came back out and shut them down and picked up the win.”

The Bearettes, a perennial powerhouse that is struggling so far this season, have given BHS problems in recent years.

“It’s always big when you beat Sevier County, they are always so good,” Allen said. “They are down a bit this year, but anytime you beat Sevier County it’s a big win for your program.”

Himmelreich led the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points and Blue added 16.

“It feels really good, it’s a big win,” Himmelreich said. “They killed us both my freshman and sophomore years.”


The annual Bearden “Super 16” Christmas Tournament (actually 14 boys and girls teams combined this year) begins Monday, Dec. 27 through Wednesday, Dec. 29, at BHS. With a six-team field, BHS will face Halls at 1 p.m. Monday, then square off against Daniel Boone at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The championship game is at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.


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