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Season ends for Lady ’Dawgs as South-Doyle pulls upset, 50-47

The Bearden Lady Bulldogs’ season concluded with a 50-47 loss to the South Doyle Lady Cherokees in the District 4-AAA Tournament opener Saturday, Feb. 19, at Heritage High School. The Lady Bulldogs had several chances to take the lead within the closing seconds but were unable to capitalize. BHS turned the ball over when a pass went through a player’s hands with seven seconds left. A Bearden foul then sent South-Doyle’s Kelsey Gallion to the line, where she missed the front end of a one-and-one. With the miss, the Lady Bulldogs had one last chance, but Kelly Kohlbusch’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out.

After being down by as many as 13 in the first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs bounced back in the second quarter and cut the deficit to six at halftime, 30-24. “We just got off to a slow start and not only did we have a slow start but they hit about eight shots in a row,” BHS head coach Jennifer Allen said. “We fought back and fought back but we couldn’t get a break ... .”

The second half was much closer, as the Lady Bulldogs tied the game at 41 with four minutes remaining but never took the lead at any point in the game.

Junior post Sarah Himmelreich led BHS with 11 points while Ashley Blue and Kohlbusch had 10 each. Allysia Bailey had seven, Nicole Austin six and Kristen Osterman three points.

About her team’s season, ending with a 14-14 record, Allen said, “They improved; it’s a good team. They have great attitudes and they are great girls to work with, we just had a couple things that didn’t go our way and overall we had a great team.”


The Lady Bulldogs won its last regular season game against the Karns Lady Beavers 50-43 Thursday, Feb. 17, at KHS. Himmelreich led with 18 points and Blue added 17. Kohlbusch scored six while Austin had five and Bailey four.

Bearden was unable to find an answer for Ashley Huff (19 points) and the Jefferson County Lady Patriots as BHS fell 56-37 on Monday, Feb. 14, at JCHS.

Blue and Bailey led BHS with eight points apiece. Himmelreich scored seven, Adalyia Parker five, Kohlbusch four, Jennifer Walker three and Austin two points.


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