Treadwell, Walls TN Miss/Mr. Hoops

MURFREESBORO — Though Avery Treadwell’s last battle as a Bearden Lady Bulldog was a tough 55-53 loss to eventual state champ Bradley Central, the star senior post helped the Lady Dawgs stage a huge rally — down 16 points late in the third frame — to pull even in the final seconds.

Also the major cog in carrying the BHS girls to a 35-0 record entering state play underscored why the 6-foot-3 senior earned Tennessee Division I-4A Miss Basketball honors for 2022-23. (See related story, 4B)

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Huge BHS comeback ties Bradley before state quarterfinal setback

MURFREESBORO — In a fashion similar to what the Bearden boys team pulled off late in its 2022 state title game versus Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, the BHS Lady Bulldogs refused to lay down.

Things looked bad when fellow perennial power Bradley Central built a 16-point lead late in the third quarter of this TSSAA Class 4A quarterfinal showdown in Middle Tennessee State’s Murphy Center late Wednesday morning, March 8.

But after all, there’s a reason why coach Justin Underwood’s maroon-clad girls, defending 4A state champions, were 35-0 with a 57-game winning streak spanning two seasons.

Slowly but surely, Bearden pulled close before tying the game 53-all on the second of freshman point guard Natalya Hodge’s two successful jumpers in the final minute — the tying goal coming with 38 second left.

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