Dec. 13 - BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – Sophomore Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) had 16 points and senior Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.) had 13 to lead the Bethany women’s basketball team to a 65-55 road win at Geneva Saturday evening.
The first half was a battle of runs between the teams. Bethany (3-6) opened the game with a 21-3 blitz, which featured seven points from senior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park). The Golden Tornadoes (3-4) answered back with a 16-2 spurt, which was keyed by 13 points from Michawn Rich. The Bison pushed their lead back to double digits with eight consecutive points, but Geneva closed the half with an 11-2 run that was capped by a basket from Rich with two seconds left to make it a 33-30 BC advantage at the half.
The GTs managed to get within two early in the second half and they were still within striking distance at 42-39 with 13:35 to go. Bethany finally got some breathing room by tallying 11 of the next 15 markers, which included a jumper and three-pointer from freshman Tamara Blankenship (Clarksburg, Pa./Saltsburg), to build a 53-43 advantage. BC would put the game away when Brandenburg knocked down four free throws and freshman Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) hit two down the stretch.
Goode and Brandenburg just missed double-doubles, as each pulled down nine rebounds to go along with their point totals. Also reaching double digits was McCormick, who tallied 12 points and had five assists. Sophomore Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) ripped down 12 rebounds to help BC post a 50-47 advantage on the glass.
Geneva lost despite a monster game from Rich, who finished with 31 points and 19 rebounds. Beth DeLuca added 14 in the setback.
Bethany will play their final game before the Christmas break on Tuesday when they host Marietta at Hummel Field House. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.