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BHS girls smack South-Doyle
Lady Bulldogs bounce back after WBHS loss

After suffering a disappointing loss at the hands of William Blount a few days prior, the Bearden Lady Bulldogs were determined to not let that happen again. Unfortunately for South-Doyle, the Lady Bulldogs took all their frustrations out on them in a 72-48 whooping Friday, Jan. 12, at BHS.

After taking only a 26-20 lead into halftime, Bearden (11-7 overall record entering the week) was in a good position —but something was missing.

“I thought we played pretty well in the first half overall, its just like we were a little slow and our shots that normally go down didn’t quite do it,” Bearden head coach Nathan Hodges said. “The second half we were able to finish plays both offensively and defensively.”

Led by junior Sarah Canter’s game-high 19 points the Lady Bulldogs came together in the second half and ran away with the victory. Canter capped off a solid week and added offensive support to the dynamic duo of Allysia Bailey and Mary Hirst who scored 17 and 15 respectively.

“She [Canter] has had back-to-back good games,” Hodges said. “At William Blount, defensively she was average and offensively she played really well, but tonight [at] both ends I thought she played really well. And tonight to have somebody else step up besides Bailey and Hirst is what we needed.”

For Canter, the key was keeping up the intensity and playing solid defense. “We came together as a team and shut the post down,” Canter said. “We just needed to step it up and keep up the intensity and keep going.”

Coming off the loss to William Blount, Hodges felt that it didn’t take much motivating on his part to get his team ready to play.

“We were pretty down after the William Blount game,” Hodges said. “We lost a tough one there and our girls were just ready to play tonight and couldn’t wait to get back on the floor and it showed.”

After finishing the first round of District 4-AAA games on the schedule the Lady Bulldogs went 4-3, but with a rematch with each of the seven teams Bearden feels confident that it will fair well.

“The William Blount game was a crushing loss as far as district standings and trying to finish the first half where we wanted to be. But now to end on a good note and to be able to start the schedule over again is good,” Hodges said.


After having a 10 point lead in the third quarter, the Lady Bulldogs couldn’t hold on and lost to William Blount 82-79 Tuesday, Jan. 9, at WBHS. Bearden couldn’t slow down William Blount’s Angela Puleo, and she led the comeback with a 42-point performance.

Hirst led Bearden with 22 points while Bailey and Canter each contributed 16 points.


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