Boys Varsity Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball · Bulldogs stay undefeated thanks to second-half press against Maryville

Bearden’s boys basketball team improved to 14-0 on the season Friday night as they picked up a 62-45 win against district opponent Maryville.

After starting off the game slow, trailing 22-20 at the half, Bearden needed a spark of energy to take the lead.

They got just what they needed.

A Drew Pember block leading to a Trent Stephney dunk gave Bearden just what they needed to start a run late in the third quarter. Bearden scored 20 points unanswered in less than five minutes to give them a 40-26 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Junior Ques Glover said that Bearden’s high intensity defense is what helped them to go on their 20-point run.

“The press always helps give us a little spark because it helps put the game at a high tempo,” Glover said.

Added Pember: “Our press and hard work definitely sparked the run. We got them to play at our pace, and we were really aggressive when it came to the press which worked out for us tremendously.”

Going into Friday’s game, Maryville was second in District 4-AAA behind Bearden. Bearden knew that if they could go out and get a win against this strong Maryville team, it would create some momentum for the second half of the season.

“We made it halfway through the season going undefeated in district, and Maryville was second so it was definitely a big win for us,” Pember said.

Bearden will return to the court Dec. 26 in the Arby’s Classic Tournament.

On the girls’ side, head coach Justin Underwood and the Bearden girls’ basketball team picked up their second straight win, and second district win of the season.

After losing district games to William Blount, Hardin Valley, and Farragut, Bearden is beginning to pick up some momentum.

“This win over Maryville showed us that we are capable of beating any team,” junior Annaka Hall said.

Bearden’s girls will continue their season on Dec. 27 in the State Farm Classic tournament.