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Lady ’Dawgs fall to Powell
Allen praises seniors as No. 5 tourney seed grabs big win vs. A-E

The Bearden Lady Bulldogs were unable to overcome a third-quarter scoring drought against the Powell Lady Panthers and lost on Bearden Senior Night 49-42 Thursday, Feb. 10, at BHS.

Led by standout senior post Erin Ogan, the Lady Panthers were too much for BHS to handle. Ogan scored 23 points including three critical 3-point field goals.

“I thought we played pretty well, just one downfall where we gave up about eight points in a row and that was the difference in the game,” BHS head coach Jennifer Allen said.

The eight points came with three minutes remaining in the third quarter when PHS outscored the Lady Bulldogs 13-6, leaving BHS trailing 39-30.

Ashley Blue led BHS with 16 points while Sarah Himmelreich had 10. Allysia Bailey scored eight, Kelly Kohlbusch six and Kristen Osterman two.

The Lady Bulldogs’ overall record sits at 14-11, while finishing 6-8 in District 4-AAA. Bearden will be the No. 5 seed for next week’s District 4-AAA tournament at Heritage (Feb. 19-25) and will open the tourney vs. No. 8 South-Doyle Saturday, Feb. 19.

As for the seniors, Allen is pleased with their leadership.

“Nicole Austin has a great attitude and a joy to be around. She brings a lot to the team and she works hard every day,” Allen said. “Ashley Blue, who is just really coming into her own, she is the leading high school rebounder in the area. She always works hard and never complains about anything really. She just works hard and works hard on her own and has been an asset to our program.

“Jennifer Walker is one of the best defensive players around, quick as lightning, pretty good three-point shooter and brings an extra work ethic to practice everyday because she goes so hard,” Allen added. “Kelly Kohlbusch rejoined our team after taking last year off for personal reasons. She brings a lot to our team, she is a great floor leader and she understands the game so well and she is so athletic there’s a lot of things she can do.

“Cierra Birge moved here from California really after the season started. She hasn’t really been able to make great contributions on the floor, but has gotten into ball games ... . Had she been there earlier she probably could have been a big help to us.”


Bearden got revenge for an earlier seven-point loss as it rolled over Austin-East 63-37 Tuesday, Feb. 8, at BHS. “Nicole came out and got us out to a great start and scored sixteen points and twelve in the first quarter and we never looked back,” Allen said. Blue, Himmelreich and Bailey each had 12, Kohlbusch six, Osterman and Kristal Franklin two each and Amity Mulvey one point.


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