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Bearden girls stay perfect in 4-AAA; boys fall to West

These rivalry games on a cold January night are always fun, and the Bearden-West rivalry was as hot as ever, just as everybody expected.

When the dust settled, the Bearden girls (10-0, 17-3), playing exceptionally well at both ends of the court, took a 57-27 win over the Lady Rebels (6-11, 2-7), leading from midway in the first quarter and not looking back.

West’s boys (15-3, 9-1) held on for an eventual 81-74 margin, though Bearden (16-7, 7-3) made a courageous comeback led by 28 points from BHS senior post Drew Standifer (15-of-19 free throws).

On the girls’ side, “We did an excellent job sharing the basketball and had good ball movement in general,” BHS girls head coach Justin Underwood said.

Jai-Jai Mc-Laughlin led the way with 13 points, while sharp shooting Erin Walsh added 12. Kiki Dwight had 9 points. Lexus Norwood knocked home two three-point shots and scored eight. “We looked for each other and read the defense to get open looks,” McLaughlin said.

Dwight said, “We practiced all week moving the ball. This is the best I’ve played all season. We had to keep up the pace and energy.”

The Bulldogs came out of the gate smoking, jumping to an 8-1 lead. But West, a team with considerably more big game experience, led 34-28 at the half before the Bulldogs rallied to tie and battle hard down the stretch.

BHS guard Daquan Wright added 22 points. “It was a fast game,” Wright he. “We’d score, and they’d score. We have to tighten up our defense.”


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