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Lady Spartans hot, beat nation’s No. 3, Bearden


Sometimes a little motivation goes a long way. For the Webb Lady Spartans basketball team, a preseason loss to Bearden in the annual KIL Jamboree didn’t sit well as they took out their revenge in a 59-39 thrashing of the Lady Bulldogs Friday, Jan. 5, at Webb.

Led by junior Glory Johnson’s 14 points, the Lady Spartans (13-2 record entering the week) won its 12th consecutive game.

Sophomore post Faith Dupree had 12 points and 11 rebounds while Jessica Goswitz had 12 points and six steals as Webb dominated from the opening tip.

“I thought we played together and coming from the Jamboree we wanted to get them back, so that’s what motivated us for the game,” Johnson said.

Coming off its second consecutive Greene County Bank Ladies Classic championship in which Webb defeated the nation’s No. 3-ranked Lexington team, the Lady Spartans are playing its best basketball of the year.

But according to Johnson, keeping a level head is imperative to this team’s success.

“Well, we started off pretty rough but now we’ve beat nationally ranked teams so we are pretty confident, but we don’t want to get cocky or anything so we are just staying low,” Johnson said. “Don’t think to highly of ourselves, keep practicing and don’t let up.”

The Lady Bulldogs (10-6 entering the week) were led by senior guard Allysia Bailey’s 13 points.

Sophomore Mary Hirst contributed 10 and fellow sophomore Rikki Sanders had seven, but a 21-7 deficit at the end of the first quarter put Bearden in a tough situation to recover from.

“Webb is playing really well right now, coming off that huge win up in Greeneville,” Bearden head coach Nathan Hodges said. “I thought we were a little flat. I gave them some time off over the break and mentally we weren’t ready from the top all the way down and it showed in the first half.”

Hodges said he isn’t worried, however, and feels that his team will recover nicely in time for a stretch of tough district games starting this week.

“I think we will be ready,” Hodges said. “We’ve got district games coming up, our kids know that those are important and we will be ready to go. Coming off the break sometimes that happens.”

 

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