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BHS girls dominate Farragut after upsetting Heritage

The Bearden Lady Bulldogs continued to play inspired basketball as it defeated rival Farragut 67-47 Friday, Jan. 18, at BHS.

After a close first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs (11-7 overall, 6-3 in District 4-AAA entering the week) pulled away in the second. Bearden outscored FHS 20-7 in the quarter and took a 34-19 lead into halftime.

“We dug too deep a hole,” Farragut head coach Mike Driver said. “We go down 15 to Bearden on their home court and it’s hard to make up. They did a good job of taking advantage of when we broke down defensively and they did a good job on the defensive end.”

Junior Mary Hirst led the Lady Bulldogs with 16 points and sophomore Shayla McDaniel added 12 off the bench.

“Our effort was incredible,” Bearden head coach Nathan Hodges said. “I thought we played as hard as we played all season. When our girls see Farragut on the schedule, that is usually the way it goes.”

Bearden gave Heritage its first district loss, 77-69 Tuesday, Jan. 15 at BHS, and according to Hirst — who led BHS with 30 points — the team is playing with a lot of confidence right now.

“We all played as a team,” she said. “Everybody seemed to be scoring and hitting their shots. I think we were all confident after coming off the big win against Heritage.” (More on this game later in story).

Against the Lady Admirals, Bearden got solid play from its reserves and nobody played a bigger role than 6-foot-1 forward Ellen Smith.

The sophomore finished with five points, but her role was much more valuable than the point total indicates.

“We struggled this year any time this year when Mary [Hirst] has to come out, so it’s nice to have somebody step up and [Smith] played huge tonight,” Hodges said. “That is the best stretch she has played all season, and to do that in the biggest game of the year is really mature.”

After the early season struggles, the Lady Bulldogs have won four straight games and seven of its last eight.

“When we struggled early in the season we told them to forget about winning and losing, Hodges said. “We needed their best effort every day at practice and in every game. They started to buy into that and they don’t focus on winning and losing.

“That way they never let up, it’s just their best every trip down the floor and its starting to pay off, and the winning and losing is starting to take care of itself.”

After losing to Farragut earlier in the season in a one-sided game at FHS, the Lady Bulldogs wanted to make sure they came out and played as well as they are capable of playing.

“I think our attitude and our defensive intensity really did it because we were all really into it,” Hirst said.

“It’s a really big game because that’s the one all our friends come to, and sometimes that’s the only time they get to see us play,” she added.

“Everybody calls it the biggest game of the year.”

C.J. Dake’s 12 points led Farragut (13-10 overall, 4-5 in district entering the week). The senior post was the only Lady Admirals player scoring in double figures.

“We were really concentrating on defense of denying every pass so they couldn’t set up their offense,” Hirst said. “That worked pretty well.”


Bearden used a strong first quarter (18-9 lead) to get early momentum, then outscored the Lady Mountaineers 29-28 in a wild fourth quarter to pull the upset.

Rikki Sanders scored 17 for the Lady Bulldogs, followed by Sarah Canter with 10, McDaniel eight, Jenna Maynard six, Joy McCuen three, Dena Riner two and Smith one.

Heritage, which fell to 17-4 overall, 7-1 in 4-AAA after the loss, was led by Katie Brooks’ 27 points.


A 39-38 Lady Admiral lead after three quarters disappeared by game’s end as Maryville used a 16-10 fourth quarter edge to whip Farragut 54-49 Jan. 15 at FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Allison Bosse led Farragut with 16 points, followed by Dake with nine. Kylaan Scheidt had seven points while Stephanie Torrence added six, Hayley Newby four, Jennifer Rutherford three and Brittney Doss and Stephanie Harris two each.

Maryville, which improved to 11-7 overall, 6-3 in 4-AAA after the win, was led by Bailie Roberts’ 22 points.


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