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‘Tremendous’ BHS girls season ended by Powell
Ice cold shooting dooms Bearden in region semis setback to PHS


Some days you have it and some days you don’t, just ask Bearden second year head coach Nathan Hodges.

Against the Powell Lady Panthers in the Region 2-AAA semifinals Monday, Feb. 26, at West High School, the Lady Bulldogs didn’t have it.

The Lady Bulldogs struggled all night to find any kind of offensive flow and were blown out 50-29.

“I think right now Powell is better,” Hodges said. “We could have played at their level and definitely could have won the ball game. But tonight they were just the better team.”

Hodges contributed early misses to nerves, but the Lady Bulldogs struggled all night shooting 10-of-54 from the floor and 2-for-21 from 3-point range.

“I think we missed a couple early because of nerves, but they did too,” Hodges said. “After that I don’t know, some nights you have it and some nights you don’t.”

Powell took a 24-16 lead into halftime, but the Lady Panthers struggled to find any kind of offensive consistency as well, shooting 10-of-30 from the field.

The Lady Bulldogs were 4-for-26 from the field in the first half.

Junior Sarah Canter led Bearden in scoring with 10 points. Jenna Maynard and Allysia Bailey contributed six apiece, Rikki Sanders had four and Mary Hirst rounded out the scoring with three.

“We came in with confidence and I don’t know if we were just nervous, but it didn’t show up on the court,” said Bailey, a senior guard. “It was there but we didn’t bring it together tonight.”

Bearden came out strong in the second half, but after closing the deficit to four points with 4:30 left after a Jenna Maynard jumper, the woes continued.

Powell regrouped and took a 32-22 lead into the final quarter.

With two minutes left in the game the Lady Panthers went on an 11-0 run to end any chance of a comeback for Bearden.

“We didn’t play very well but you need to give Powell credit because they did what they needed to do,” Hodges said. “They are a really smart basketball team.

“They are really patient and they were just better tonight.”

Powell got 15 points from senior forward Caitlin Hollifield, a University of Alabama signee. Senior Christina Britton scored 12 and senior Bailey Gabbard added 10 for the Lady Panthers.

Despite finishing the season well before they wanted to, Hodges is pleased with the progress his young team made this season. After finishing last season with a 12-17 record, this year was a drastic improvement as the Lady Bulldogs finished the season with a 23-10 record.

“I think it was great for our program,” the coach said. “Last year we were super young but we laid a good foundation, and to win over twenty games is tremendous. And we will build on that for next year.”

Bailey was glad to be a part of such a turnaround.

“I’m definitely happy and proud of what we accomplished as a team,” said Bailey who averaged 17.1 points-per-game this season. “This year has been a turnaround in Bearden’s program and I am very honored to be a part of that. We worked hard and we knew right from the start of spring workouts we were going to make something happen this year.”

Bailey was one of three seniors on the team — and even though she played a lot more than guards Mercedes Cotner and Tymier Williams — the latter two of the three were also vital to the team’s success this season.

“They have turned it around,” Hodges said. “Even though Allysia starts and is one of our best players, Mercedes Cotner and Tymier Williams show tremendous leadership in all aspects of making our team better.”

 

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