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’Dawgs rebound from first loss

After losing its first game of the season at Sevier County Monday, Dec. 12, the Bearden Bulldogs basketball team bounced back with a 64-53 victory over Lenoir City Friday, Dec. 16, at BHS.

Tony White Jr. led the Bulldogs scoring with 19 and B.J. Ware had 15 as Bearden improved its record to 12-1 overall and 4-1 in District 4-AAA.

After a poor shooting night by Bearden according to BHS head coach Mark Blevins, the Bulldogs were able to get to the free-throw line just enough to get the win.

By connecting on 15-of-19 overall for the game, the Bulldogs hit 8of--10 in the fourth quarter to control the game down the stretch.

“It was the third straight night we have struggled shooting the ball,” Blevins said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well at Farragut, we didn’t shoot well at Sevier County and we didn’t shoot well again tonight but in the fourth quarter we were lucky to get to the free-throw line and hit enough free-throws to win the game.”

BHS guard Rande Sibley said, “It was nice to get a win. We needed a win after the loss to Sevier County to get our confidence back up and we did it.”

Other players scoring for the Bulldogs against Lenoir City were Kalin Garner with eight, Sibley seven, Demonte Simpson six, Hunt Rosson five and Thomas Wiley with four. points.


The Bulldogs needed a victory against Lenoir City to get the taste of defeat out of its system after the Sevier County game.

Against Sevier County, the Bulldogs saw its 33-18 halftime lead disappear in the second half and lost for the first time this season 60-57 at Sevier County High School.

“The first half we didn’t shoot the ball good but our defense was so good that we got a bunch of steals and lay-ups,” Blevins said. “In the second half we just played more lethargic and they got a lot a little bit of spirit about them and once they got some spirit they just schooled us.”

Since the first half of the Sevier County game, Blevins has been concerned about the way his team’s defense is executing.

“Right now we are very poor defensively,” Blevins said. “I thought Friday nights game against Farragut [Dec. 9] the defense won it for us and we played really well the first half against Sevier County. [But] we played no defense the second half and tonight Lenoir City just took it straight to us just like Sevier County did and it was hard for us to answer.”


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