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Two wins for Lady ’Dawgs despite loss to Heritage

Experience is vital and for the Bearden Lady Bulldogs that proved to be the difference as they were blasted on their home court by Heritage 59-42 Friday, Dec. 1.

After taking a 16-12 lead into the second quarter, the experience of Heritage took over as they outscored the Lady Bulldogs 14-5 in the second to take a 26-21 lead into halftime.

Bearden (3-3 overall and 0-1 in District 4-AAA entering the week) had its inside game working early in the first quarter with sophomore Mary Hirst doing most of the damage.

But a major defensive adjustment by Heritage in the second quarter held Bearden scoreless for nearly five minutes.

“They went into that zone and that’s when our offense really shut down,” Bearden head coach Nathan Hodges said. “That is something we will work on and something we will get better with.”

The Lady Bulldogs were led offensively by Allysia Bailey’s 11 points, while Hirst added 10 for a Bearden team that struggled all night.

“We did some good things but I just expected them to play a lot better than they did tonight,” Hodges said. “They are just more experienced is what it boiled down to. It was a big game and our girls knew that. [Heritage] just knew that they were going to make the plays and our girls hoped they were going to.”

Despite losing four seniors from last year’s team to graduation, this season’s Heritage team is every bit as talented as it has been in recent years, Hodges said, hoping that one day his Bearden team will have the same winning mentality instilled in its program.

“They are a great team,” Hodges said. “They might be young and they might have lost a lot of players but because their players have been in that system and won they know that they are going to win and that is the way they think.

“And our girls hopefully we will get to that stage.”

BHS 84 WEST 67

Hirst led the way with 27 points as Bearden won its home opener 84-67 against West Tuesday, Nov. 28. Bailey added 21 and Sarah Canter had 12.


Rikki Sanders’ 27 points propelled the Lady Bulldogs to a 87-78 overtime win versus Cocke County Monday, Nov. 27, at CCHS. Jenna Maynard added 24 points and Bailey had 16.


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