Girls Basketball ·


Bearden’s girls basketball team has had a recent history of infiltrating top talent at the collegiate level. For example, 2018 graduate Grace Van Rij is now a freshman at Furman University. The Bulldogs are looking to have another strong recruiting class with many players receiving attention on the Division I level.

Jakhyia Davis

Junior post player Jakhyia Davis has emerged as one of the top scorers and rebounders for the Dawgs this season.

Davis has landed offers from Middle Tennessee, Memphis, UNC Asheville, Gardner-Webb (NC), and College of Charleston.

Although it is only Davis’ junior year, she is considering making a decision as soon as this fall.

“I thought about making a decision, kind of, in the Fall…kind of September or October,” Davis said.

Annaka Hall

Senior guard Hall has been a consistent threat to opponents from the three point line for the past few seasons. Although she doesn’t plan to play in college, she has received a couple of offers.

Hall has gotten offers from Bryan College and Cleveland State.

Shekinah McLaughlin

Senior point guard McLaughlin has proved to be a great passer and shot creator throughout her career at Bearden. McLaughlin has gained interest from multiple schools at the next level.

“She’s got a handful of school interested…Georgetown College, Trevecca Nazarene University, and a couple of other schools,” Coach Underwood said.

Tytiaira Spikes

Senior forward Spikes has been a strong defender and key component of the Bulldogs for the past few seasons. Spikes has interest in playing in college, but she is putting school first.

“Basketball comes and goes,” Spikes said. “So, I’ll probably focus on just getting my school paid for.”

As the Dawgs wrap up conference play and look ahead to the postseason, more opportunities will come for these players to get noticed by a wide variety of schools in the region. After a convincing win over Lenoir City Monday night, Bearden travels to Hardin Valley (3-13, 1-8 District AAA) on Friday, and then seeks revenge against conference foe Maryville (16-1, 8-1 District AAA) on Tuesday, February 5.