The Bearden basketball team is looking to make a deep postseason run without regular season leading scorer Tyler Nordin.
The Bulldogs has won 17 of their last 18 games, their only loss being to Maryville, 64-58, when Nordin left the game after tearing his ACL.
It was unknown how Bearden would hold out the rest of their season without Nordin, but they currently sit on a six-game win streak after defeating Kingston Pike rival Farragut to end the regular season.
Junior A.J. Pruitt has really stepped up since Nordin’s injury; Pruitt has averaged 17.4 points a night in his past five games.
“A.J. doesn’t get talked about like he should,” Nordin said. “He is averaging like eight deflections a night, and we only get like 15.”
Bearden will open the postseason by playing William Blount in a district 4-AAA semi-final on Friday night at 9 p.m.
Along with Pruitt, Bearden will also have its experienced guard core of junior Izaiah Bredwood and senior Cahlib Edwards going into this postseason playing some of their best basketball of the season.
Coach Jeremy Parrott is in his fourth season at Bearden and has taken the team to the state tournament all three of his previous seasons.
“Our goal every year is to go to the state tournament,” Coach Parrott said.
But Coach Parrott said his team does not feel any added pressure after winning a state title a year ago.
“The only thing we feel ‘pressured’ with is upholding Bearden tradition of being excellent,” Coach Parrott said.