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BHS girls romp past South-Doyle, Govs

Bearden Lady Bulldogs basketball head coach Nathan Hodges had to shake things up early in the second quarter.

Bearden came out of the gates strong and jumped out to a 8-0 lead, but a run by South-Doyle forced Hodges to make some defensive adjustments en route to a 47-22 road win Friday, Jan. 11.

After the hot start, the Lady Bulldogs (9-7, 4-3 in District 4-AAA entering the week) cooled down and finished the first quarter with a slight 12-10 lead after a Mary Hirst lay-up in the closing seconds.

Bearden played the majority of the next quarter in a full-court press and benefited from multiple Lady Cherokee turnovers to expand its lead to 25-15 heading into halftime.

“We have been trying to add some different wrinkles where we can play a defense that works to our strengths,” Hodges said. “Going to a little pressure seemed to speed them up a little bit and get us some easy baskets, which allowed us to play even better when we were in the half-court offense.”

Hirst led all scorers with 21 points, as making the most of position match-ups was the key to the Lady Bulldogs’ offensive success.

“What we are trying to accomplish on offense is the best scoring opportunity, which a lot of times means getting the best match-up we can get,” Hodges said. “We try to take advantage of [Hirst] as best we can. Anytime we can get her matched up against somebody small against the basket we are going to win that battle.”

Bearden continued to play strong defensively and held South-Doyle to four third-quarter points while taking a 39-19 lead into the fourth.

“We really wanted to come out strong in this game,” Hirst said. “We have been trying to prove that this is a new year for us and we really are going to come alive and try to win the rest of our district [games] and come back and be the team we thought we were going to be.”

Lady Bulldogs senior Sarah Canter had 10 points and Ellen Smith had six. Others scoring for Bearden were Jenna Maynard two, Rikki Sanders two, Stephanie McCray two, Shayla McDaniel two and Mallory Uekman two.

“We have really good players and it hasn’t been coming together,” Hirst said. “I think the past few games we have been coming together more, passing it around and getting better with our shooting so I think we are going to come together a lot better this half of the season.”


The Lady Bulldogs defeated William Blount 69-33, Jan. 8, at home.

Hirst led all scorers with 21 points. Others scoring for Bearden were Smith eight, McDaniel eight, Canter seven, Sanders seven, Dena Riner seven, Joy McCuen four, Uekman two, Maynard two, Mary Mac Alexander two and McCray one.


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