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Youthful Lady Dawgs survive 4-AAA tourney opener


MARYVILLE — A season of growing, with too many close losses and wipeout defeats, has characterized a young Bearden High School Varsity Girls Basketball team this season.

But BHS head coach Richard Cowan is eager to tell you, with an optimistic tone in his voice, that the future is bright led by three special freshmen who regularly play crunch-time minutes. That future may have started Tuesday.

“They’ve added a lot of energy to our team,” Cowan said of guard Lexus Norwood, forward Tyler Carter and guard Erin Walsh. “Lexus Norwood’s our third leading scorer.

“Erin Walsh has had double figures scoring two or three times. Ty Carter’s been a big rebounder for us, and her offense has really gotten a lot better.”


Walsh and Jai-Jai McLaughlin, talented junior point and team leader, literally carried the No. 7 seeded Lady Bulldogs’ first-half offense Feb. 15 against No. 6 Heritage. The scene was District 4-AAA tourney opening round action at William Blount High.

Walsh’s 13 straight points in the second quarter (18 overall) helped Bearden (8-16) overcome a 16-10 deficit for a 27-23 halftime lead, winning 54-43 against HHS.

McLaughlin scored the other 14 first half points, 21 for the game, mainly with penetration that included two fast-break steals-turned-lay-ups.

 

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