Bearden’s boys basketball team has started off the season strong so far, winning all nine of their first games.
Bearden’s 10th game, however, will be a tough one, facing district rival Hardin Valley on the road.
Last season, the Hawks took the first game of the season against Bearden, winning in the last minute 64-63.
Bearden Coach Jeremy Parrott believes that last year’s game doesn’t compare to this year’s game.
“It’s kind of apples and oranges honestly,” Coach Parrott said. “We went into that game without one of our starters (junior Trent Stephney).
“I thought we played well enough for us to sneak out of there with it, but it just proves that conference road wins are hard to get.”
For Bearden (9-0, 2-0 District 4-AAA), the HVA game seems to be full of emotions, and players will look to use this game for momentum going forward in upcoming conference games.
After losing to Hardin Valley (3-1, 0-1) last year, Bearden junior Ques Glover wants to make sure they don’t let it happen again.
“This game means a lot because last year early in the season they beat us, so we can’t go out there and let them beat us again,” Glover said. “This will get us our tenth win so we’ll start the season strong, 10-0.”
Last season in this game, Glover had a career high 35 points. This year, Glover thinks he won’t need an individual performance like this to get a win.
“Our team is full; we’re better this year,” Glover said. “I just have to go out there and do what my team needs me to do to get the victory.”
Bearden will take on Hardin Valley tonight at 7:30 p.m. on the road after the girls game at 6.
Coach Parrott thinks that if Bearden continues their same level of play, that they can keep the streak going to 10 wins.
“We just need to keep being steady, keep doing what we’re doing,” Coach Parrott said. “I’d like to get a few more post touches at times, get the ball inside.
“I’d love to get it, not only because it’s a rivalry but because it’s a conference game and those are at a premium this year.”