Bulldogs’ turnaround continues

KNOXVILLE — Tyler Nordin found himself in early foul trouble when Bearden High School’s boys basketball team hosted Campbell County Friday night, Jan. 3.

But when Nordin, a senior wing, returned to the floor with two fouls, he wasted little time making an impact as the Bulldogs cruised past the Cougars 78-37.

He scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the second stanza and helped Bearden turn a 9-4 lead into a 38-18 advantage at halftime.

“We’re coming off a stretch where we beat three teams (in the King of the Smokies Tournament in Pigeon Forge),” Nordin said. “All three of those teams were good — and one of them was 15-0.”

The Bulldogs (11-6) have won 10 of their last 11 games after starting 1-5 out of the gate.

“Because of our defense tonight, we were able to speed things up and force turnovers, and we turned those turnovers into run-outs, and we turned those run-outs into layups,” Nordin said.

A.J. Pruitt scored nine points for BHS, while Cahlib Edwards and Izaiha Bredwood added seven each. Walker Kyle had six points and Wyatt Shoemaker five.