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Winning start for BHS girls

A new mindset and new coach propelled the Bearden Lady Bulldogs to a 65-50 win over the Central Lady Bobcats in the Hall of Fame game Thursday, Nov. 17 at CHS.

The fast-paced game plan by Bearden first-year head coach Nathan Hodges proved to be the difference for the Lady Bulldogs as it controlled the game for its entirety. The Lady Bulldogs took a commanding 42-18 lead into halftime thanks in large part to senior Sarah Himmelreich.

The senior post player had a game-high 17 points to lead BHS.

"She had a good game," Hodges said. "She didnít play at all in the fourth quarter because we were just trying to get everybody in to get some experience."

As for an overall assessment of his team's first full game, Hodges was pleased with the outcome. "I thought we played pretty well overall for this stage in the season," he said. "We made some of the early season mistakes and were sloppy at times but the effort was definitely there. We have lots of stuff we are going to work on but as far as the effort it was there."

Hodges showcased a pressure defense that caused numerous turnovers in the game and was especially pleased with the way guard Sarah Canter picked it up.

"She had a really good game defensively," the coach said. "She really shut down whoever she was defending and had a lot of steals."

Even though the Lady Bulldogs played well against Central, the coach would like to see the rebounding game improve as the season progresses.

"We did pretty well in that game because the other team was small but we really have to work on our rebounding," Hodges said. "Defensively and offensively we need to get better in that area."

The Lady Bulldogs open the regular season against Brewer High School (Ala.) in the Holliday Inn Tournament hosted by Bradley Central beginning Friday, Nov. 25.


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