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Doubleheader sweep X 2 for BHS hoop boys; girls whip S. Hill, KCHS

A perfect opening week for Bearden varsity basketball included four blowout wins in three days for the boys — with depth coming in handy after two doubleheader victories.

The BHS Lady Bulldogs hit the road twice and chalked up a come-from-behind triumph followed by a near shutdown defensive effort two days later that produced a win.

Depth was critical as Mark Blevins’ boys went 4-0 with two dominating home wins Thursday, Nov. 20: 62-44 versus 2008 Class AAA state tourney representative Oak Ridge followed by a 95-73 drubbing of Carter.

“We played hard … our bench got into these clubs and kinda wore them down,” coach Blevins said. “We played with a lot of intensity.”

Against Oak Ridge, Nathan Parker led BHS with 16 followed by Blake Jenkins with 10.

Demonte Simpson, 6-foot-9 senior post, led a 13-man scoring parade versus Carter with 21, followed by Parker with 15, Jenkins 14 and Galen Campbell 10.

Other Bearden scorers were Dustin Craig seven, Jaeland Lawson five, four each for Benji Ware, Gabe Campbell, and Ty Greene, three apiece for Will Winton, DeShawn Oravetz and Rico White, and two points for J.P. Burris.

In the Johnson County Thanksgiving Shootout Saturday, Nov. 22, Bearden easily beat Cloudland 82-45 as Oravetz led BHS with 16 points, while Nick Kelly added 13.

Daniel Boone was a 75-38 victim later that day, led by Jenkins’ 20 points, Parker’s 15 and Galen Campbell with 11.


Nathan Hodges’ Lady Bulldogs used a 20-12 fourth-quarter run to rally past Science Hill 49-42 at SHHS Nov. 20 led by senior post Mary Hirst’s 21 points.

Taylor Cravanas added nine points for Bearden, followed by Shayla McDaniel’s eight and Jai-Jai McLaughlin with five.

“I’m proud of the way we played, showed a lot of maturity, especially on the road in the first game,” coach Hodges said. “The defensive effort was pretty good in that game.”

The Lady Bulldogs’ “good” defense carried over when visiting Knoxville Catholic Saturday, Nov. 22, in a 37-14 victory.

“We played really well on defense,” Hodges said.

Rikki Sanders led Bearden in scoring with 12, while Ellen Smith added eight.

Other BHS scorers were McLaughlin five, Morgan Thomas four, and two each for Michelle Heath, Mary McAlexander, McDaniel and Hirst.


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