KNOXVILLE — Bearden High School’s girls hoops team completed a monumental climb last week. After getting off to a 1-3 start in District 4-AAA, including a loss at Farragut, the Lady Bulldogs stormed back to win a share of the regular-season district championship.
Bearden closed out district league play, paying back the Lady Ads with a 55-37 victory Friday, Feb. 9, at BHS.
The Lady Bulldogs won their final 12 league games, (21-7 overall, 13-3 in the district), and will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming postseason tournament in Lenoir City, playing in the tourney semifinals at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17.
The Lady Admirals (13-13, 8-8) are the No. 6 tourney seed, and played No. 7 Lenoir City in an elimination game Tuesday, Feb. 13 after deadline. If Farragut won, it will play No. 3 William Blount at 7:30 p.m., tonight, Thursday, Feb. 15.
Despite missing senior guard Trinity Lee to an injury, Bearden had three players posted double figures in scoring: Senior center Grace van Rij scored 16 points; sophomore forward Jakhyia Davis added 14 and Annaka Hall, a junior wing, had 11.
Hall, playing with an injued hand, said “this was a painful night for me, but I’m glad I got to play. ... This was most definitely a big win for us.”
“We know that all of our work has paid off,” van Rij said. “We’ve been working on our defense. Tonight it showed. We’ve had to look deep inside ourselves, and now this feels amazing.”
Morgan Carbaugh, FHS junior wing, had a game-high 19 points.