Girls Varsity Basketball · Lady Bulldogs name leadership, experience as biggest keys to making another run to state tourney

The Bearden Lady Bulldogs are about to start another season basketball. After a successful season last year, going 29-8 and reaching the state semifinals, they hope to continue that success and keep growing.

The players and the coaches know what it will take to live up to the goals the team has set.

“We are working towards becoming closer as a team and working towards our goals as a unit,” senior guard Shekinah McLaughlin said.

Coach Justin Underwood echoes McLaughlin’s words and stresses the importance of every member of the team.

“We’ve got four of our top six back, three seniors that have seen a lot of minutes, in Shekinah, Tytiaira [Spikes], and Annaka [Hall] as the sixth man,” Coach Underwood said.

The players know it is going to take the full effort of every player on the team in order to have the type of season they hope for.

“I think we all have the potential to step up and play a bigger role especially if we encourage each other and uplift each other like we usually do,” Spikes said.

McLaughlin sees leadership in all positions for the Lady Bulldogs.

“I think everyone is going to really step up this year because we have a lot of people who are really good leaders on the team this year,” McLaughlin said. “Everyone’s going to have a big role and stepping in to do their part to get us to where we want to be.”

The Lady Bulldogs have long been known as a defensive-minded team and hope to continue that trend.

“We need to play as a cohesive unit and make sure that we are sharing the wealth and playing defense mostly; our defense is what got us to state last year,” Spikes said.

Additionally, communication is going to be an important part of the team’s success.

“It’s all communication; everyone has to communicate,” McLaughlin said. “Sometimes you are going to have a bad day, but we are all going to be there to pick each other up.”

Bearden will need to put all those pieces together to get back to state and have another successful season.