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Lady Bulldogs upset Webb, then fall to Sevier

With two minutes remaining, the Bearden Lady Bulldogs felt like they had done enough to come out with a win against Sevier County.

However, missed opportunities down the stretch allowed Sevier County to escape with a 53-50 District 4-AAA win Friday, Feb. 1 at BHS.

But all was not lost last week, as BHS used a Rikki Sanders lay-up with under five seconds remaining to upset defending Division II state champion Webb School 53-52 Monday, Jan. 28, at Bearden. (More details later in this story).

Against Sevier County, Bearden junior post Mary Hirst gave the Lady Bulldogs (13-9, 7-5 in District 4-AAA entering the week) a 50-46 lead by hitting two free-throws with 1:51 remaining in the game.

From that point on Sevier County (18-6, 8-3) went on a 7-0 run to close the game.

“You have to give Sevier County credit,” Bearden head coach Nathan Hodges said. “They do not beat themselves. They are not going to give you a game. They are not going to give you an inch and we played well enough to win up until the last few minutes.”

Bearden tried to utilize the size advantage of 6-foot-1 Hirst, and she finished with 15 points. Despite, the size advantage, Sevier County was able to overcome and find other ways to be successful.

“Sevier County really makes you work and I thought we did a decent job on defense,” Hodges said. “At the end of the game we just didn’t make enough big plays to win. Sevier County made the plays and we didn’t.”

Bearden trailed 16-13 at the end of the first quarter and took a 30-25 lead into halftime. It wasn’t a matter of being ready to play, it just came down to making plays when they matter most.

“I felt like we were focused and ready,” Hodges said. “We knew what they were going to do and they knew what we were going to do.

“We just couldn’t close the deal.”

With 32 seconds remaining and a 50-48 BHS lead, Sanders missed two free-throws.

With 10 seconds remaining, Sevier County’s Chelsey Haney drove the lane, hit the shot and was fouled. After the successful free-throw attempt, Sevier County had a 51-50 lead.

With five seconds remaining Sanders drove the lane, drew contact on her shot, but the foul wasn’t called and the shot didn’t fall.

“We threw the ball away with the lead and missed big free-throws,” Hodges said. “You just can’t do that in a tight ballgame.”

Sanders and Shayla McDaniel finished the game with eight each. Others scoring for Bearden were Jenna Maynard seven, Dena Riner six, Sarah Canter three, Taylor Cravanas two and Ellen Smith one point.

BHS 53 WEBB 52

Hirst led the Lady Bulldogs during the upset against Webb with 13 points, while Sanders had 10. Others scoring for Bearden were Maynard nine, Riner seven, Smith four, McDaniel four, Canter four and Joy McCuen two.

Glory Johnson, Webb All-state post and UT commitment, led her team with a game-high 30 points.

Faith Dupree had 13 for the Lady Spartans.


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