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Fair, Dawgs edge West for Super 16 crown; BHS girls whip Karns

Tyler Carter of Bearden, left, pulls down an offensive rebound versus Karns.- Alan Sloan/farragutpress
Bearden's Class of 2014 stood tall in a Lady Bulldogs basketball victory Thursday morning, Dec. 30.

Led by BHS freshman point guard Lexus Norwood, scoring a game-high 10 points while filling in for injured starter and team leader Jai-Jai McLaughlin, Bearden zoomed ahead of winless Karns 13-0 after one quarter before winning by nine.

Reserve freshman forward Tyler Carter scored four, while freshman guard Erin Walsh nailed a 12-foot baseline jumper in a 40-31 Lady Bulldogs win during final-round play of Knoxville Catholic Pilot Tournament at KCHS.

Missing McLaughlin — out with a non-serious leg injury —and her 13.7 points per game average “kinda changed our chemistry a little bit” according to BHS head coach Richard Cowan, whose team improved to 7-5 overall while remaining 3-0 in District 4-AAA.

However, “Lex played a great game today,” Cowan added. “She really handled the ball well and handled the pressure. … She works hard and plays hard.”

Norwood said she was “nervous a little bit, but I just felt like [since] our leader was gone I had to be a leader and step up.”

Although she was the game's leading scorer, “I didn't feel the pressure to score,” Norwood added.

Although Norwood attended Christian Academy of Knoxville Middle School, she has played extensively with Carter and Walsh (both top players at West Valley Middle School) dating back several years.

“We've actually played together for a very long time, since we were like, 8-years-old, at Boys and Girls Club,” Norwood said. “I think we play really good together, and we have a pretty good team, good chemistry.”

Carter, who joined Walsh to help lead West Valley to Knox County Middle School championships, said she and Walsh “have good chemistry from me being a post and her being a guard. We can get the ball to each other when we see that we're open, and we know to make plays happen for each other.

“But now that I’m in high school, it’s a new experience,” Carter added. “I’m learning from my coaches and having the older girls mentor me; help build me up so I can play at their level and prepare me for what is next.”

Mallory Uekman and Olivia Taylor each scored five points for Bearden, followed by Mary-Mc Alexander and Priscilla Craig joining Carter with four each.

Carolyn Hill, Cozette Gaspard and Claire Dodson joined Walsh by scoring two each.


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