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Frigid Lady Ad start, Bearden girls defense leaves BHS as last 4-AAA unbeaten

Bearden Lady Bulldogs’ defense helped force Farragut into a 3-of-29 first-half shooting freeze that wouldn’t be overcome.

Despite a second-half rally, the Lady Ads lost its first game of the season while the BHS girls remain the only District 4-AAA team unbeaten in league play after a 55-49 victory Friday, Dec. 12, at BHS.

“When you go 3-for-29, you’re not going to win many games,” said FHS head coach Wes Edmonds, whose team fell to 8-1, 2-1.

BHS head coach Nathan Hodges said his team “played the best we’ve played all season the first half. We were always in the right spot defensively. We rebounded well, and our passing just set up some great shots for us and we were able to knock ’em down.” Bearden improves to 6-1 overall, 3-0 in district.

A 16-6 second quarter run by the home team, fueled by eight points from senior standout post Mary Hirst, turned a 14-10 first quarter lead into a 30-16 halftime advantage.

“Ellen Smith, in the first half, was just huge around the basket,” Hodges said about his 6-foot-2 junior post who helped shut down Farragut’s inside game for most of 16 minutes. “She was able to guard Hayley Newby and contribute on the offensive end, too.”

“We’ve been playing defense well all season ... His kids may have had an off night, but I think our defense was pretty solid, too,” Hodges added.

While Hirst ended with a team-high 17 points, senior guard Rikki Sanders had 13 and Smith 12.

Bearden also outrebounded FHS 26-12. “We didn’t rebound the way we should have, that’s one thing I’m disappointed at,” Edmonds said. “We got caught watching Hayley fighting in there.”

Sanders said “definitely defense and taking care of the ball on offense” were the keys to victory.

Individually, “Shayla McDaniel’s been playing wonderfully on defense,” Hodges said about his junior guard, adding she “was able to score when she should.”

McDaniel, who scored eight points, said she “just played hard because I knew we needed this win. If we started off the right way I knew we’d finish.

“We did very well passing the ball and taking care of it and playing team offense,” she added.

Jai-Jai McLaughlin scored three and Joy McCuen two for BHS.

But behind senior standout guard Stephanie Torrence, who scored a game-high 23 points, and Newby, a 6-foot sophomore post who scored nine of her 13 points in the third quarter, Farragut pulled to within nine, 40-31, after three.

“Hayley’s a competitor, she’s refusing to lose. She knew we were shorthanded and had to step up,” Edmonds said.

The Lady Admirals would close within five, 48-43, on a Torrence three-point basket with 2:36 remaining. It go no closer.

Newby said, “Bearden’s our rival, so being down 14 at half is something that’s going to, like, inspire me to go out there ... So I went out there playing like we were down a hundred.”

Other Lady Ads scorers: Abbie Cooper with six, Jessica Griswold five and Katie Cargo two points.

The injury bug continues to bite Farragut, as starting senior point guard Brittany Doss was lost for the game in the second quarter after a facial cut requiring stitches. Edmonds said he was unsure how serious Doss’ was injured.

The Lady Ads already were down four players from its opening-day roster: one starter, Jennifer Rutherford (ACL tear), and three key back-ups.


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