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BETHANY OUTLASTS GROVE CITY IN OT 69-67
Feb. 8 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) scored a career-high 21 points to help the Bethany College women’s basketball team knock off Grove City 71-68 in overtime Monday night at Hummel Field House.
The victory was the third in the last four games for the Bison, who improved to 7-14 and 4-7 in the PAC. The loss for the Wolverines was their fourth in five overtime games this year and dropped their marks to 10-11 and 7-5 in the conference.
Bethany fell behind by as many as six in the opening minutes, but turned the momentum around the midway point of the half. Treys from Wilson and sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) were wrapped around a hoop from junior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) for an 8-0 run that gave BC a three-point lead and they went on to take a 30-28 cushion into halftime.
The Wolverines were the aggressor to open the second period, as consecutive buckets by Krista Beechy started a string of seven straight points to put the visitors ahead 35-30. Another Beechy score gave GCC their largest lead of the game at 49-42 with 11 minutes to play, but another Bethany run midway through the stanza brought them back into the game. Wilson totaled seven points, including a three to cap an 11-0 run, that pushed the Green and White back on top 53-49 with six minutes left.
The answer by Grove City came from Megan Gebrosky, who scored nine consecutive GCC points and her foul shot with 1:42 on the clock evened the count at 58. Bethany grabbed the lead on a Droginske lay-in with 51 ticks showing, but that was answered on the other end by a Laura Miller score to make it 60-60 and send the contest to overtime.
The Bison struck first in the extra session with hoops by Harris and sophomore Katelynn Hackathorn (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) to build a four-point margin. The Wolverines would get within one on two occasions, the last being on a lay-up by Leah Gibson with 1:16 to go to bring the visitors within 68-67. A Hackathorn foul shot with six seconds left took the lead to two points and the Bison would barely hang on when a Grove City jumper at the buzzer was off.
Bethany’s keys to victory included forcing 21 Wolverine turnovers and also hitting a season-best nine three-pointers, which balanced out GCC’s 39-31 rebounding advantage and the Bison’s abysmal 38 percent (8-21) shooting from the foul line.
In setting a new career-high with 21, Wilson went 4-for-6 from the three-point line and she also accounted for four assists and three steals. Hackathorn recorded her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Harris matched her with 13 markers and added six rebounds and five steals. Droginske was the fourth Bison to tally double digits with 10 and added six assists.
Grove City was led by Christine Slater with 19 points and 13 rebounds, Gebrosky with 15 points and Beechy totaled 14 points and nine boards.
If Bethany wants to post a third straight win, they will have to go through a tough Saint Vincent squad in their next outing. The Bison are slated to host the 16-5 Bearcats Wednesday night in a non-league affair at 6 p.m.