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Lady Bulldogs to feature inside-outside punch of Hirst, Bailey


The 2006-2007 Bearden Lady Bulldogs basketball team will rely on senior point guard Allysia Bailey and sophomore post Mary Hirst to lead the way.

After a 12-17 record a year ago, second year head coach Nathan Hodges’s main goal for his team is to improve each and every day.

“Really, the outlook is just to try to improve with each game and each practice,” the coach said. “The girls have put in a lot of hard work over the off-season in the weight room and conditioning, so we are just trying to get better each day and build on last year.”

And it starts with Bailey and Hirst. “As far as strengths, we have Allysia coming back and she was an All-District point guard and Mary Hirst [6-foot-1] was really good as a freshman for us in the post so we will have to lean on them,” Hodges said.

Junior guard Sarah Canter returns as a starter from last year, but other than that Hodges said that his lineup isn’t set as of yet.

“It’s still up in the air,” the coach said. “With me it’s open game until the practice before the first game so we’re still playing with lineups and positions to create competition.”

One person that Hodges does expect to take an expanded role this season is junior post Jenna Maynard. “Jenna Maynard came off the bench for us last year,” Hodges said. “She will need to take more of a leadership role and step up for us.”

Bearden will have its hands full this season as they hope to be a major competitor in a challenging district that is home to perennial powers including William Blount, Maryville, Heritage and Farragut.

“Top to bottom it’s always a tough district ... I think again it’s going to be anybody’s game. But it’s going to be tough to win every night,” Hodges said.

 

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