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BHS girls’ defense sticky; boys sit 3 starters, romp
Bearden teams stay atop District 4-AAA with easy wins versus South-Doyle, William Blount


Bearden’s boys and girls teams continued their winning ways Friday night at the Bearden gym in District 4-AAA action.

The girls team took a wire-to-wire win versus the South-Doyle Lady Cherokees, 59-13, and the boys team turned a 24-19 first quarter lead into a 53-37 halftime lead, before putting the Governors away with a 27-6 third quarter barrage to romp 103-51.

Both Bearden teams stay hot — each unbeaten and atop District 4-AAA — heading to Farragut for showdowns with archrival FHS Friday, Jan. 16, starting with the girls’ game around 6:30 p.m.


BHS GIRLS 59 SDHS 13

Bearden’s girls (10-3, 7-0) jumped to an 11-0 lead 6:39 into the first quarter and never looked back against the visiting Lady Cherokees (3-9, 1-6).

Mary Hirst had 20 points to pace the Bulldogs’ offensive effort, followed by Rikki Sanders with 10 points off the bench, including two 3-point buckets.

“They beat William Blount earlier in the season [by] more than we did,” head coach Nathan Hodges said. “I thought we played really well defensively tonight. We didn’t have many lapses.”

The Lady Bulldogs’ effort was so impressive that the Lady Cherokees could only garner six points in the first and second quarters and seven in the third. The Lady Bulldogs pitched a shutout in the fourth period.

Hirst and Ellen Smith, who added six points, dominated the proceedings inside against the smaller South-Doyle team.

“It’s always the plan to hit them from the start, to go strong from the very beginning,” Smith said.

Shayla McDaniel, who said the younger players coming off the bench “did a good job and played hard,” added eight points, while Michelle Heath came off the planks for seven points. Jai Jai McLaughlin had six points and Joy McCuen two.

“It’s really important for us to build some depth for later in the season and for the future,” Hodges said. “It’s good to reward those kids who work every day in practice and may not play as much as they would like.”

The Lady Bulldogs had a 17-3 run in the second quarter, and ran off the last 14 points of the game.

Tuesday, Jan. 6, Bearden’s girls, paced by Hirst with 16 points, won a district clash at William Blount 43-30.

BEARDEN BOYS 103 SDHS 51

Bearden (19-1, 7-0) jumped to a 6-0 lead behind two three-pointers from DeShawn Oravetz, saw S-D (2-11, 0-7) rally to tie the game at 12, then hit the Cherokees with a 22-12 run over the latter part of the first quarter and the early part of the second period to lead 38-22.

The lead was 16 at the half before the Bulldogs broke the game wide open in the third period.

“Our kids played really, really hard in the third quarter,” head coach Mark Blevins said. “They kept turning it on in the fourth quarter.

“It was a really nice performance. South-Doyle was fresh, and they played us really hard that first quarter.”

Two three-pointers by Ty Greene, who ended with 13 points, stretched a 10-point lead to 16 in a blink of an eye. He knocked home 3 threes in an impressive performance off the bench, part of 10 threes for the home team on the evening.

“I just spotted up, my point guard gave me a great pass, and I knocked it down,” Greene said. “Once you hit that first one, the pressure is off, and the rim looks a lot bigger. This is my first year on the varsity, and this is by far my best game.”

Gabe Campbell, who had a game-high 20 points and 12 boards, took over the game in the third quarter with 14 points, proving virtually unstoppable once he got cranked up. The margin was 27-6 in the third quarter, 23-8 in the fourth quarter.

“Since my senior teammates weren’t playing, I knew was going to have to lead my team,” Gabe said. “I wanted to take over, and that’s what I did. It’s one of my best games and would be ranked in my top five. “I was in a zone. I was feeling it.”

Galen Campbell had 13 points, all in the first half. Oravetz ended up with 11, and Will Winton came off the bench for 10, including two treys, and had nine rebounds. Jaeland Lawson had nine, Nick Kelley seven, Rico White and Dion Fair six each, J.P. Burris five points and five assists, and Benji Ware three. Dustin Craig missed the game with the flu.

Starters Demonte Simpson, Blake Jenkins and Nathan Parker did not play. “They just have to practice harder,” Blevins said. “If you practice hard, you get to play.”

Bearden’s boys scored 32 points in the second quarter en route to a 96-68 4-AAA win against the WBHS Governors Jan. 6. Craig and Gabe Campbell led the way with 12 points each.

 

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