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Lady ’Dawgs win two

A slow-paced game is not how the Bearden Lady Bulldogs usually win games. But against the Lenoir City Lady Panthers the adjustment was necessary, as BHS defeated Lenoir City 38-34 Friday, Jan. 27, at LCHS.

It was everything but ordinary.

The “Princeton” style offense of the Lady Panthers forced Bearden (12-10 overall, 6-5 in District 4-AA entering the week) to play a more patient game. “They slow it down, we just didn’t do a very good job,” BHS head coach Nathan Hodges said. “We tried to speed them up with some pressure a couple of different ways, but they did a good job just handling it in every situation. So we kind of had to play their game and win it that way.”

Led by Allysia Bailey’s six points in the final quarter, Bearden outscored Lenoir City 12-5 in the fourth to earn the come-from-behind district win. “We stepped up our defense the second half and put pressure on the ball and that makes it hard for them to run their offense,” Bailey said.

Hodges said the biggest key was switching defenses in the fourth quarter. “We switched to a zone defense that we have been working on and I think that was the difference,” he said.

Bailey finished the night with 17 points and Rikki Sanders with seven. Mary Hirst had six, Sarah Himmelreich five, Kristen Osterman two and Sarah Canter one.

This win comes after a thrilling 65-64 overtime victory against district foe Maryville at MHS Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Osterman hit a three-pointer with 20 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Himmelreich’s three-point play off of a lay-up and resulting free throw gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead, and Hirst recorded her seventh blocked shot of the game with two seconds remaining to seal the win.

Himmelreich led the Bulldogs with 19. Bailey added 17 and Osterman had 11.


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