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BHS girls ‘slow,’ but dump LC in tourney

During tournament time, winning is all that matters. Despite a sloppy showing from District 4-AAA No. 2 seed Bearden, the Lady Bulldogs were able to hold on for a 49-37 win over No. 7 seed Lenoir City Thursday, Feb. 15, at BHS.

In a game that saw both teams struggle early, Bearden regrouped after halftime to avoid the upset.

“We started out a little slow and I don’t think we were quite mentally prepared, but we pulled together at halftime after [head coach Nathan] Hodges’s halftime speech and came back to finish the game out,” Bearden sophomore post Mary Hirst said. “He reminded us how important it was to be in the regions this year and what an accomplishment it would be for Bearden and that really got us fired up.”

Bearden went on a 9-0 run the final three minutes of the second quarter and took a 24-13 lead into the break. Even though the Lady Bulldogs had the lead, Hodges wasn’t pleased with what he saw during the first two quarters.

“The first half we weren’t doing things that we had done all season so being the first tournament game maybe that was it but we just tried to settle down and play Bearden basketball like we have been all season,” Hodges said.

Bearden went on a 14-2 run to open the third quarter and took a 40-20 lead into the fourth. Hirst led the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points and senior Allysia Bailey added 17, but Bearden got little offense otherwise.


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