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BHS girls win with ‘32 minutes’
Hirst, Sanders lead scoring as Bearden rolls past Fulton

Bearden girls basketball coach Nathan Hodges has been looking for his team to play a whole game this season. Against Fulton, the Lady Bulldogs put together a complete game and won 64-53 Thursday, Dec. 20, at home.After playing a 7-7 tie after one quarter, the Lady Bulldogs (5-6 record) snuck ahead to take a 29-20 lead into halftime. Bearden extended its lead with a 47-33 advantage after three.

“I thought we played well for the entire 32 minutes, which is what we have been trying to accomplish,” Hodges said. “We were able to handle the pressure of their full court press and man-to-man, so I was happy with that.”

Mary Hirst led Bearden with 21 points and Rikki Sanders chipped in 15. Others scoring for the Lady Bulldogs were Canter nine, Shayla McDaniel seven, Joy McCuen three, Ellen Smith two, Dena Riner two, Stephanie McCray two, Leslie Sayers two and Jenna Maynard one.

“We have been struggling with coming together as a team and we have really come together now,” said Canter, a senior. “We are pulling through and we are starting to win these hard games. We have beaten some tough teams but we have lost to some easy teams, but we are pulling together now.”

Junior Victoria Dailey led Fulton with 22 points. Bearden held leading scorer Jasmine Lewis to 14 points with McDaniel doing most of the work.

“Shayla McDaniel did a good job guarding Jasmine Lewis,” Hodges said. “We knew we had to at least keep her to a manageable number and just play solid on everybody else and we would do a good job, so I thought she did pretty good defensively, especially for a sophomore.”

With the defense pressuring and forcing turnovers, Bearden was able to keep the tempo right where it wanted.

“We feel like tempo is something we can control as a coaching staff, we can get our players to control the tempo,” Hodges said. “We can play at the speed we want to play, and that will be the best chance for us to be successful.”

Bearden High School’s annual Super 16 Basketball Tournament, Dec. 27-29, kicks off with the BHS girls versus Lee (Ala.) at 2 p.m. today (Thursday).

Winner’s bracket games Friday would be 2 p.m. for the BHS girls, while the girls championship game tips off around 2 p.m., Saturday.


The Lady Bulldogs couldn’t keep up with the fast pace of West and lost 84-62 Monday, Dec. 17, at home.

“They came out and pressed us,” Hodges said. “We did a good job in the first quarter and after that they sped the game up even more and we couldn’t adjust. They turned us over and kind of rattled us and broke it open late to win big.”

Hirst led Bearden with 19 points. Others scoring for the Lady Bulldogs were Canter 13, Riner 10, McDaniel eight, Sanders five, McCuen three, Morgan Thomas two and Maynard one. “I thought we played pretty poorly, especially on the defensive side of the ball and handling the pressure,” Hodges said.


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