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Bearden girls 2nd in 'Super 16'
Lady Bulldogs cruise, win two easily, until Heritage has its way in finals

The Bearden Lady Bulldogs basketball team couldn’t match the intensity of the Heritage Lady Mountaineers and came out on the losing end 69-42 in the D-1 Sports Super 16 title game Saturday, Dec. 29, at BHS.

Heritage (15-2) opened the game on a 6-0 run and took a 28-8 at the end of the first quarter.

“Early on our kids were just not ready to play the kind of defense we had talked about playing,” Bearden head coach Nathan Hodges said. “That’s a coaching staff problem all the way to the players as well. We should have had them ready.”

Bearden cut the deficit to 10 points midway through the second quarter, but Heritage went on a 7-0 run to enter halftime with a 32-15 lead.

“We bounced back kind of midway through the second quarter, but they never let up and that’s why they won the championship,” Hodges said.

Heritage made the most of its opportunities and connected on 11-of-23 from 3-point range. Lauren Burnett came off the bench to lead Heritage with 17 points. The sophomore was 5-of-9 from 3-point range.

“It’s tough to guard a team that can shoot the ball so well from the outside when you are pressing,” Hodges said.

Tournament MVP Katie Brooks had 16 points and Karly Stache had 15 for Heritage.

“We knew they could all shoot the ball, we just weren’t there,” Hodges said. “We were closing out just a half-step late. It seemed like every loose ball we were a half-step late.”

Sarah Canter led Bearden with 12 points and Mary Hirst had nine. Each was named to the All-Tournament team. Others scoring for the Lady Bulldogs were Rikki Sanders five, Jenna Maynard five, Shayla McDaniel four, Dena Riner three, Stephanie McCray two and Ellen Smith two.

“We struggled to handle pressure,” Hodges said. “They came out ready to play with a 100 percent intensity level and we just weren’t ready to respond at this level of intensity.”


Bearden squeezed by Karns 55-47 in the second round of the Super 16 tourney Friday, Dec. 28, at BHS.

Hirst led Bearden with 15 points while Sanders and Canter each chipped in 13.

Others scoring for Bearden were Riner seven, McDaniel two, Maynard two, McCray two, and Joy McCuen one.

BHS 50 LEE (Ala.) 27

The Lady Bulldogs opened the Super 16 with a 50-27 win against Lee (Ala.) Thursday, Dec. 27, at BHS.

Canter led Bearden with 12 points and Sanders had 11.

Other scoring for BHS were Hirst 10, Maynard eight, McDaniel four, McCuen two, Morgan Thomas two and McCray one.


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