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White injured, but No. 2 BHS rolls

It didn’t take long for Bearden to take control against South Doyle, as the Bulldogs cruised to an easy 79-51 victory Friday, Feb. 10, at home.

The state’s No. 2-ranked Bulldogs (28-2 overall record entering the week and District 4-AAA regular season champs at 13-1) came out of the starting gates full throttle and took a 20-10 lead into the second quarter. The lead grew into a 22-point advantage at halftime, 43-21.

The Bulldogs hit seven 3-pointers in the game including a last second bank by B.J. Ware to end the half. “Once you start banking them in from pretty deep there early you are probably going to have a good night,” BHS head coach Mark Blevins said. “I thought we played defense so much better tonight than we did the first time against them.”

But early in the fourth, Bearden standout guard Tony White Jr. left the game with an injured right shoulder and didn’t return.

After the game White was taken to Parkwest Medical Center as a precaution and he checked out OK, Blevins said.

When asked if White will be in the lineup against Powell Tuesday (after press deadline), Blevins said, “He may be awful sore, so I don’t know if he will be ready Tuesday. We will start some therapy with him [Monday] but it will just be a game-by-game thing.”

Despite the injury, the Bulldogs continued to roll.

The largest lead of the night came with 4:56 left in the fourth quarter when Bearden led 69-39. The 30-point advantage allowed the reserves to get playing time.

Rande Sibley led BHS with 18, White Jr. had 14, Ware nine, Thomas Wiley eight, Kalin Garner, Damonte Simpson, Marcus Webb and Dustin Craig six apiece, Andrew Smith four and Hunt Rosson two.

“It was a good night, we played well and all the kids played hard tonight,” Blevins said.

BHS 77 WBHS 62

Led by White’s 26 points, the Bulldogs clinched the District 4-AAA title against William Blount Tuesday, Feb. 7 on the road.

Sibley added 18, Simpson 13, Garner and Craig four each, and Matt Ternes three.


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