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Lady Bulldogs’ winning streak grows after clipping Fulton 59-48


The Bearden Lady Bulldogs kept its winning streak alive with a convincing 59-48 victory over the Fulton Lady Falcons Tuesday, Dec. 20, at BHS.

Winning three in a row, Bearden improved its overall record to 5-5 entering play in the annual Super 16 Tournament at BHS Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27-28 (after press deadline).

The Lady Bulldogs took a 24-20 lead into the second half due in main part to good defensive pressure.

The defense continued to shine and clutch free throw shooting at the end of the game proved to be the biggest difference, connecting on 7-of-9 free throws down the stretch.

Junior point guard Allysia Bailey led Bearden with 18 points while taking control of the offense. “Allysia did much better with the press,” Lady Bulldogs head coach Nathan Hodges said. “She had a really tough time the other night against Lenoir City; they were almost so passive in their match-up zone that she had trouble just running the team.

“I thought she did a much better job tonight.”

The Lady Bulldogs took control early in the game and maintained the type of game style that first-year head coach, Hodges intends. “We finally put a complete game together,” the coach said. “We still had sloppy play, sloppy turnovers, but it didn’t snowball like it had in some of our other games.”

Overall, Hodges said he was pleased to take a three game winning streak into the holiday break. “It’s good for us, it’s a great confidence builder,” he said. “Fulton is a whole lot better than they have been recently, and to get a win over them where we controlled the game the whole time and never lost our cool.I thought we were much more poised than we had been.”

Others scoring for Bearden included Sarah Himmelreich with 11, Mary Hirst with 10, Kristen Osterman eight and Sarah Canter six. Amity Mulvey, Jenna Maynard and Tymier Williams rounded out the scoring with two apiece.

“It was a team effort,” Hodges said. “They all made mistakes, but they all played really well at times.”

 

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