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BHS hoop girls hot in 4-AAA

The Bearden Lady Bulldogs basketball team capped off a successful week with a 38-35 win against Lenoir City High School Friday, Dec. 16, at BHS.

Junior point guard Allysia Bailey led the BHS offense with 15 points while senior post Sarah Himmelreich had 12. Entering the the week, Bearden improved its record to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in District 4-AAA.

Himmelreich hit two crucial 3-point field goals in the fourth quarter and Bailey connected on four clutch free-throws in the final minute to seal the victory.

Lenoir City’s “Princeton’ style” offense presented the Lady Bulldogs with a style of play that until this point hasn’t been experienced this season. “Lenoir City did a really good job of slowing the game down with their Princeton style offense,” BHS head coach Nathan Hodges said. “We didn’t play that well but we really weren’t used to that and it was good for us to grow up and go through the game.”

The Lady Bulldogs saw its defense grow throughout the game. With a sluggish offensive night, it was the Lady Bulldogs’ defensive effort that prevailed.

“The first half we slacked off and second half we slacked off but at the end we realized we could stop them on defense,” Bailey said. “We worked on defense real hard the last few practices.”

Also scoring for Bearden was senior Kristen Osterman with five, Mary Hirst three, Jenna Maynard two and Rikki Sander one.

Earlier in the week Bearden earned a much needed road district victory against Sevier County 49-46 on Monday, Dec. 12. Bailey scored 16 and Himmelreich added 14 as BHS earned its first district victory of the season.

“That was one we really needed,” Hodges said. “We are young and the seniors are getting to the way I want them to play and that was a good win for us, especially on the road.

“We played really well, hit big free throws down the stretch and really played a complete game for the first time all year, really.”

Bearden also received scoring from Hirst with eight, Sanders six, Maynard and Sarah Canter two apiece and Osterman one.

The Lady Bulldogs’ play in the annual Super 16 Tournament at BHS — among a six team girls field — starts with a Tuesday, Dec 27, doubleheader in Pool A: 11 a.m. versus Karns and 2 p.m. versus McMinn Central.

Pool B teams are West, Daniel Boone and Anderson County. Play begins Monday, Dec. 26.

The Wednesday, Dec. 28, title game is 2 p.m.; third place at 12:30 p.m.; fifth-place game at 11 a.m.


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