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Lady Rebs cool off BHS girls


MARYVILLE -— The Bearden Lady Bulldogs struggled to get anything going their way as they were drubbed by Maryville 60-45 Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Maryville High School.

Bearden kept the game close until a third quarter scoring drought that saw the Lady Rebels outscore the Lady Bulldogs 21-9 and take a 44-35 lead into the fourth quarter.

“We weren’t really strong with the basketball in the second quarter and all of the second half,” Bearden head coach Nathan Hodges said. “We didn’t have anybody that wanted the ball and wanted to be strong with the ball and make plays going to the basket.”

Junior Rikki Sanders led Bearden with nine points. Others scoring for Bearden were Mary Hirst eight, Jenna Maynard eight, Shayla McDaniel eight, Joy McCuen eight and Sarah Canter four.

“Maryville played really solid tonight,” Hodges said. “That level of defensive intensity that they were at we just didn’t match and that’s why they won the ballgame.”

Having won seven of its last eight games heading into the Maryville game, Bearden improved to 12-8 overall, 7-4 in District 4-AAA entering the week after a 55-39 win at Lenoir City Friday, Jan. 25. (Details later in this story).

Part of the reason the Lady Bulldogs have been successful the past few weeks has been their ability to attack the basket and play shutdown defense. Against Maryville, Bearden was unable to do either.

“We just weren’t ready to attack the basket,” Hodges said. “We were a step slow on defense and weren’t attacking on offense.”

“They want to do well, but they don’t always come into the ballgame with the right mindset,” Hodges added. “As a coaching staff we have to take part of that and the players have to take part of it, too.”

BHS 55 LENOIR CITY 39

Against LCHS, Hirst led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points and Canter had 12. Others scoring for Bearden were Sanders nine, Riner nine, McCuen nine and Maynard two.

 

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