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Jenkins passes 1,000; BHS girls 4-1

Bearden’s undefeated Bulldogs (7-0, 1-0, Region 4-AAA entering the week), awesome at times and destined to be at or near the top of the polls this month or in early January, steamrolled Heritage 89-45 with four double figure scorers.

It was all Bearden, all night, as the Bulldogs roared up and down the court at a breathtaking pace.

The offensive explosion came on a night senior guard Blake Jenkins, all 6-foot-7 and 192 pounds of him, etched his name into the records books, finishing with 16 points and cracking the 1,000-point mark with a monster jam at the 4:30 mark of the fourth quarter.

Jenkins entered the week with 1,001 points for his career, good for 17th place in BHS history, 18 points behind assistant coach Jason Barnes.

The 1,000-point plateau came as a surprise to the son of former Tennessee standout Fred Jenkins.

“I didn’t know I was that close to 1,000,” Jenkins said. “I thought it might be a technical foul for hanging on the rim,” referring to his dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.

“It’s up and down the court,” Jenkins said. “It’s five-in-and five-out. We just come with the full-court pressure the whole game.”

Seniors Gabe Campbell and Nathan Parker each scored 15, and fellow senior Dustin Craig, who had 14 points off the bench, joined Jenkins in double figures. The Bulldogs won handily, despite Heritage knocking in 10 threes from all angles of a noisy Bearden gymnasium.

Ten Bulldogs scored, with the second half offering 46 points, 34 in the third stanza.

“It’s exciting basketball,” BHS head coach Mark Blevins said, seemingly impressed with his team’s effort. “We’re really trying to get after people. We hope we can continue to play this hard. We have a great mixture of youth and seniority. We just continue to get better every game. That’s the key. I don’t think anybody had a letdown tonight. Craig had an outstanding first half with 12 points and seven boards.”

Craig said that this was, in fact, a team effort, with each player being able to contribute.

“We’re really pressing and running up and down the court,” Craig said. “I’m just trying to do my job. We each have jobs. Each of us can score. We’re not selfish. If we practice hard, I think we can go as far as possible.”

Beating Webb 76-46 at Webb School Tuesday, Dec. 2, Bearden was led by Parker and Gabe Campbell with 15 points each, while Galen Campbell added 13, Jenkins 11 and Craig 10.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs played Maryville Tuesday night, Dec. 9, at MHS (after press deadline), then faced rival Farragut Friday, Dec. 12, on the home boards at Bearden.


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