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Jenkins passes 1,000; BHS girls 4-1

Bearden’s Lady Dogs, now 4-1, 1-0, District 4-AAA, got district play off to good start Friday, Dec. 5, at BHS, defeating the Heritage Lady Moun-tain-eers 50-41 in a game played with tournament intensity most of the second half.

Bearden, bouncing back from its first loss of the season (48-45 in overtime versus Webb), held the Lady Mountaineers to three second quarter points, with no field goals, to take a 24-15 halftime lead and withstood a couple of Heritage runs in the second half to take the first district victory of the season.

“They were going to pressure us and make us have to handle it,” BHS head coach Nathan Hodges said. “There were times we did and times we didn’t. It’s early, but we’re getting better at that. It’s a step in the right direction.

‘‘It shows a lot of mental toughness to step to the line late in the game and knock free throws down. The first district game is always huge, especially when you play Heritage, who’s always near the top of the standings. We needed to hold serve and set the stage for the rest of our district schedule.”

Senior Mary Hirst scored 17 points and controlled the paint. Hirst had a key block and subsequent three-point play to extend the lead and subdue a Lady Mountaineer run.

“They have a new freshman post and some other posts in there, and we beat each other up a little bit,” Hirst said. “It’s easy for me to block shots, since I’m so tall. Because I’m a senior this year, I’ve finally realized how important every District game is. This was a really important game for me.”

Fellow senior Rikki Sanders added 12 points, making the three-pointer that gave BHS the lead for good in the second quarter and knocked down 7-of-8 free throws in the second half. “That’s one thing we go over a lot in practice, hitting last-second free throws when the game’s on the line,” Sanders said. “You know that at some point you’re going to get to the line and have to hit that shot.”

In the loss to Webb, BHS was led by Hirst’s 17 points, followed by Smith and Sanders with 11 each.

The Lady Spartans used Faith Dupree’s basket and free throw with eight seconds left in OT to win, as the Webb senior standout post had a game-high 22 points.

Jessica Goswitz added 11 for the Lady Spartans, who improved to 4-1 after the win.


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