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BHS teams are 4-AAA champs

It was another doubleheader sweep Wednesday night, Feb. 4, at Bearden as the Lady Dawgs and Bulldogs took the measure of District 4-AAA rival Maryville, 49-34 in the girls game and 77-58 in the boys game.

This sweep plus blowout wins at home versus William Blount Thursday, Feb. 5, and at South-Doyle Friday, Feb 6, give both BHS teams the regular season 4-AAA “league” crown (boys 13-0, 26-2 overall; girls 12-1, 18-4 overall).

Against Maryville, as first reported at Farragut First Edition,, Feb. 4, both games were tight until a 16-7 run in the girls game expanded a 41-37 third quarter lead, and a 29-13 third quarter run in the boys game turned a three-point halftime deficit into a 58-45 margin.


Mary Hirst scored 16 points and Rikki Sanders added 14 to lead the Bearden girls from a 19-19 deadlock at the half to a hard-earned 13-point victory over Maryville (13-11, 6-6 after the game).

Whatever buttons head coach Nathan Hodges might have pushed at the start of the final period must have worked, given an 11-2 run over the first 4:32 of the quarter that effectively put the game out of reach. “It was offensive execution,” he said. “We were in the right spots in the first half, but we weren’t as crisp as we need to be. In the second half, those passes were a little more crisp, and we were able to finish off possessions with points.”

Hirst, held in check with six points in the first half, added six in the third quarter and four in the fourth. “I think we wanted it more,” she said. “We were rebounding off the Sevier County game [56-54 loss], and we said we were going to be the team with the most desire for the rest of the season. We weren’t going to be the team that didn’t want it enough.”

Sanders had four points before intermission, but came out with eight, six in the fourth quarter, to help the Lady Dawgs down the stretch, making key plays on both ends of the court.

“We knew both teams were tired,” Sanders said. “We knew we had to be the stronger team. We had to pick it up and put it to them. I knew for us to win that I had to step it up offensively as well as defensively.”

Ellen Smith added nine points.

The Lady Dawgs actually trailed twice in the late going of the third quarter before scoring eight of the final 11 points of the quarter to take a four-point lead entering the final period. Joy McCuen and Shayla McDaniel had four points each, while Michelle Heath added two points in a strong performance off the bench.

Bailie Roberts had 14 points to lead MHS.


Bearden’s boys trailed by as many as 11 points early as an inspired Maryville team (18-5, 4-3 after the loss) worked its offensive magic in the first half, leading to a 32-29 halftime lead.

Bearden rolled up 29 points in the third quarter to take a 13-point lead into the final eight minutes and actually expanded the lead to the ultimate 19-point margin.

“We were really pleased with our defensive effort,” head coach Mark Blevins said. “We got up into them and didn’t let them hold the ball as much as we did the first half. That slowed us down a little bit. We were able to get some fast breaks, and Demonte got some good rebounds.”

During the third period, the Bulldogs were hitting on all cylinders, with eight from Blake Jenkins and Demonte Simpson and seven from Nathan Parker. “We decided to step it up at halftime,” Jenkins said. ”We came out motivated in the second half. When we run our lanes, we can get the easy transition buckets.”

The Bulldogs got help from a number of players, as Simpson led the way with 21 points, Parker added 13, Gabe Campbell 11 and Jenkins 10. Galen Campbell added six, Rico White five, Dion Fair four, Ty Greene three and Benji Ware and DeShawn Oravetz two each.

“Coach told us at the half that we have no one to take over a game since Tony White,” Simpson said, echoing what Blevins had said. “I took it upon myself to play to the best of my ability to try to get the ball. I got open, and my team fed me.”

Ryan Click had 17 for Maryville.


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