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Bearden’s MVP White ‘wait, see’ on injury

Tony White Jr., Bearden’s District 4-AAA most valuable player who was injured against South Doyle Feb. 10, was still feeling the effects of his shoulder injury entering this week’s district tourney at Farragut.

“It’s wait and see,” BHS head coach Mark Blevins said about his standout guard’s health for the No. 6 state-ranked and 4-AAA top-seeded Bulldogs (29-3 overall record) during the district tourney. “He’s starting to just stretch it out so he can shoot a little bit, but he can’t have any contact.”

Blevins said postponement of the district tournament games due to weather Saturday is a blessing for his team.

The Bulldogs, who were originally scheduled to play Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the semifinals, played Wednesday, Feb. 22, against No. 4 seed Maryville (after press deadline).

“If he had to play (Tuesday) he couldn’t do it, so that extra day probably helps us more than it does anybody,” the coach said.

Bearden finished the regular season with a convincing 80-47 win versus Karns Thursday, Feb. 16, at home. After a 52-50 loss to Powell, the ’Dawgs bounced back against KHS with five players scoring in double figures.

Bearden was led by Rande Sibley’s 16 points and “double-doubles” by posts Thomas Wiley and Damonte Simpson.

Wiley scored 13 while grabbing 11 rebounds, and Simpson had 10 points and 12 rebounds. B.J. Ware and Kalin Garner each had 10 points. Dustin Craig scored nine, Matt Ternes five, Andy Fennell three, and Jonathan Blue and Andrew Smith two each.


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