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Hirst, Bailey lead scoring surge at Bradley tourney as BHS girls’ finish 1-2

For the Bearden Lady Bulldogs basketball team a 1-2 start to the season in the Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Tournament at Bradley Central in Cleveland has second year head coach Nathan Hodges looking for more offensive consistency.

The Lady Bulldogs opened up play with a 59-53 victory against Brainerd Friday, Nov. 24. Bearden got 14 points from sophomore post Mary Hirst. Other double digit scorers were junior post Jenna Maynard with 11 and senior guard Allysia Bailey with 10.

“We had some good spurts and we had some bad spurts mixed in,” Hodges said. “I was really proud of them for just continuing to fight back and it finally worked and we were able to make a run and pull away at the end to win that game.”

After the solid win to open the year, the Lady Bulldogs didn’t show up with the same effort in a 58-43 loss to Bradley Central in Saturday’s game. Aside from Hirst’s 19 and Bailey’s 14, the Lady Bulldogs were held to only 10 other points from the rest of the team.

“I wasn’t really pleased with our effort,” Hodges said. “I thought we were kind of going through the motions and didn’t give a good effort like we normally do.”

Part of the problem for the Lady Bulldogs was its shot selection. However, it is still very early into the season and Hodges feels that is something that will get better as the season progresses.

“We are just trying to put together an offensive flow,” the coach said. “We are taking a lot of shots that we shouldn’t take or we are passing up shots that we should take. It’s early and we are trying to get a feel offensively for how we can score consistently.”

Bearden capped off its weekend with a 76-74 loss to Austin-East Sunday.

Led by senior point guard Bailey’s 18 points and Hirst’s 16, the Lady Bulldogs kept the game close for its entirety but failed to get in any type of groove.

“We came out and played with that effort that I am used to getting from them,” Hodges said. “We had a better game today but it’s still early in the season and we have a good spurt for a while and then we make mistakes, so we are not really into the flow of the games yet.”


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