The Bearden Lady Bulldogs’ season came to an end last week after a region tournament loss to Oak Ridge.
Although it’s not the ending the team wanted, everyone is proud of the run they had and everything they were able to accomplish.
“I thought we had a good run,” senior Tytiaira Spikes said. “I was sad that it ended, but all good things come to an end.”
Added Coach Justin Underwood: “I am proud of our kids. I think 27-4 is a fantastic year, along with winning the district again in the regular season and a 17-game winning streak.”
Despite the loss, the Lady Bulldogs can hold their heads high and be proud of the season they had. They have played with each other throughout high school and have grown together as a team.
“I’ve seen us grow, a lot and I think we grew in a positive way,” senior Annaka Hall said. “We all got a lot closer, and I will miss them.”
The senior class – made up of Spikes, Hall, Shekinah McLaughlin, and Caitlyn Sherrod – is diverse in their interests and what they spend their time on outside of basketball, but they have grown together on and off the court through their four years at Bearden.
“It is neat to see how they have grown,” Coach Underwood said. “And to see, with how different they are, how well they can come together on the floor.”
The senior Lady Bulldogs have played their last game as high school players; they have accomplished so much in their four years and have added to the Bearden Basketball legacy.
Each senior has left an impact and are grateful for the experiences they have had.
“I’m really happy to have had the opportunity to play with those girls and Coach Underwood,” Hall said. “I will remember it for the rest of my life.”
Added Spikes: “It has been everything to me. I don’t know who I would be without basketball.”
The seniors were 107-23 total in their four years at Bearden. Along with their notable record, they earned two state tournament appearances.