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BHS girls smack SDHS, Lady Govs

Bearden Lady Bulldogs first year head coach Nathan Hodges has been waiting for his team to play at the level he expects out of them, and against the South-Doyle Lady Cherokees his team is showing signs of accomplishing the feat.

Allysia Bailey led Bearden with 20 points en route to a 59-44 victory against South Doyle, Friday, Jan. 13, at SDHS.

“We tried to build where we were better at the end,” Hodges said. “Right now where we are in the district, I think we are starting to find our identity.

“The defense is coming along first, and even against better teams we have held them to ... where we should be able to handle[it].And now the offense is coming around.”

With the victory, Bearden’s overall record improves to 10-8 overall and 4-3 in District 4-AAA entering the week.

After a physical game, the Lady Bulldogs sealed the deal thanks in big part to senior Sarah Himmelreich scoring 11 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter on free-throws.

Bearden took a 34-14 halftime lead, only to see the large lead slowly disappear in the third when South-Doyle went on a 13-0 run to open the quarter, cutting the deficit to seven. “We kind of slacked off,” Bailey said. “That’s normal for anybody when you have such a big lead. But our coach talked to us and said that just because you have the lead doesn’t mean they can’t come back, so we just put it in our minds, knew we could do it and just played.”

Bailey’s jumper at the 1:10 mark in the third gave Bearden its first two of four points in the quarter.

“Well it was a physical game the whole night and the first half every shot we got on the rim seemed to go in, part of the third quarter those shots just started bouncing out,” Hodges said of his team’s slow second half start. “They turned it up a little bit in the third quarter defensively so I think it was a combination of those two things.”

Other’s scoring for Bearden were Rikki Sanders with nine, Kristen Osterman and Mary Hirst six each, and Sarah Canter and Jenna Maynard two apiece.

“I think we played real good,” Bailey said. “We had good shots, good looks and played real well as a team.”

BHS 57 WBHS 43

The Lady Bulldogs held William Blount to six fourth quarter points and cruised to a 57-43 win at home Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Himmelreich led BHS with 16 points while Bailey contributed 13. Hirst had 10, Canter six, Sanders five, Maynard four and Osterman three.


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