Posted: 4:08 pm Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Berean Christian a work in progress 

By Post Staff

After a hot stretch in the first half of the season, Berean Christian has been hit with a couple of key injuries and battles some inexperience.

The Bulldogs are 12-5 and second in their district to Trinity Christian. They started the season 0-2 then won eight in a row from the end of November to the middle of December. On Friday, Berean played Cardinal Newman tough in the first half, trailing by six after two quarters, but eventually lost 63-38.

“We still have a lot of girls learning the game,” Bulldogs coach Shawn Och said. “We developed a lot of the things the first couple of months in the season and then during Christmas break we hit a tough stretch and now we’re trying to get back to where we were before.”

Berean lost to Trinity 76-45 on Dec. 11 and at Key West 48-40 over the break before losing to Cardinal Newman on Friday. But the Bulldogs also won four games during that stretch against Seminole Ridge, Yeshiva, Lake Worth Christian, and Wellington Christian.

Two of the Bulldogs’ biggest contributors this season have been senior Ke’Andrenee Berry, junior Samie Lesperance and sophomore Emily May. Och is hoping senior two-guard Mary Madison-Sims returns from a broken foot within the next two weeks.

“We can play with these teams, we just have to believe we can beat these teams,” Och said.