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BETHANY COMEBACK NETS 73-66 VICTORY OVER MOUNT ALOYSIUS
Dec. 15 - BETHANY. W.Va. – After a sluggish first half put the Bethany College women’s basketball in a 10-point halftime deficit, the Bison rallied in the second half to pull out a 73-66 victory over visiting Mount Aloysius Thursday night.
Four points from senior Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) and five from senior Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) keyed Bethany (5-4) to an early 9-4 lead. The Mounties (3-6) responded with 10 consecutive points and a 16-2 run to take a 20-11 advantage. That margin grew to 38-28 by the break when Mount’s Spring Krepps canned a three just before halftime.
The Bison shot just 35 percent (9-26) in the opening stanza and turned the ball over 14 times, while the Mounties hit 49 percent (16-33) from the floor and were led by Ali Maruca’s 12 points.
Bethany came out for the second half with a big run to get right back in the game. Junior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) scored six to ignite a 15-3 run, which was capped with a lay-in from senior Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) that put BC on top 43-41. The teams exchanged the lead over the next few minutes, but Bethany seemed to take control with back-to-back treys from senior Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) and sophomore Skylar Williams (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) as part of an 8-0 surge that gave the Green and White a 53-46 advantage.
Mount Aloysius posted one more run at the Bison, scoring six straight and when Lindsy Sammarco drained a trey with 5:19 to play, the score was knotted again at 60-60. On the ensuing possession, Bison junior Carly Garneau (Beavercreek, Ohio/Carroll) scored inside to give the home team the lead for good. Bethany held off the Mounties down the stretch and finally put the game away with two Droginske foul shots with nine seconds left.
The comeback from the 10-point halftime deficit was the largest by the Bison since rallying from a 12-point margin at intermission against Waynesburg for a 68-63 overtime win in 2009 PAC Tournament quarterfinals.
The BC scoring was led by Taormina, who dropped in 15 and added six rebounds. Droginske scored 10 of her 12 markers in the second half, while Wilson matched her with 12 points and added six rebounds, four assists and three steals. The double digit scorers were rounded out by Shepherd’s 11.
Four of the Mounties’ starting five were in double figures by game’s end, led by Kaylee Keagy with 17 and Maruca with 13.
The next time the Bison step on a court for a game, it will be in the tropical Bahamas. The Bison are travelling there for the Bahamas Sunshine Shootout and will take on the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Monday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m.