Girls Varsity Basketball · Returning vets, talented newcomers combine to lift Lady Bulldogs to unbeaten start


The Lady Bulldogs are off to a 5-0 start after beating CAK and Science Hill in the Heritage Thanksgiving Classic over the weekend.

Bearden hosts East Hamilton tonight at 6. The boys will follow at 7:30.

A wide range of players have contributed to the Lady Bulldogs’ hot start, helping out returning starters Jakhyia Davis and Zneyah McLaughlin. Davis, an ETSU signee, has also increased her role even more and is averaging 18 points per game thus far.

“She has improved on her game each year in different aspects for us,” head coach Justin Underwood said. “She is very talented, a very good passer, and has shot it really well so far.”

McLaughlin is a junior point guard who averages 8 points per game. 

“Those two have been consistent in giving us a really good offense,” Coach Underwood said.

There is also sharp shooter Emma Stone. The senior hit six 3-pointers on her way to 20 points against Oneida in Bearden’s third game of the season.

Senior Jah’niya Bussell “has been our best defender and offensive rebounder,” Coach Underwood said.

Young players are giving Bearden a lift too, such as sophomore Emily Gonzalez, a transfer from Lenoir City, and 6-foot-2 freshman Avery Treadwell, both of whom average 7 points per game.

Whether size or skill player, veteran or newcomer, Bearden seems to have all the right pieces coming together nicely thus far. 

Conference play rolls around in the coming weeks, and the Bulldogs are in one of the most competitive districts in Tennessee, amongst the likes of Farragut and Maryville.

“We always want to try and compete for the district title, we’ve been fortunate enough to do that the last 5 years,” Underwood said.