Nov. 21 - CINCINNATI, Ohio – Sophomores Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) and Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) each scored 16 points to lead the Bethany women’s basketball team to a 79-69 triumph over Alma (Mich.) College in the consolation game of the Mount St. Joseph Tournament.
The Bison (1-2) answered an Alma run with one of their own to seize control in the first half. Bethany led 9-6 until the Scots’ Sydney Beckwith scored five straight points to start an 11-2 run that put Alma (0-3) on top 17-11. But Bethany answered with a 17-2 blitz to turn a five-point deficit into a 33-23 lead following consecutive lay-ups by freshman Taylor Kress (Sharpsville, Pa.). The Bethany lead would grow to 42-31 at intermission due to BC’s 21-11 rebounding advantage and the Green and White’s 13-for-15 shooting from the foul line.
Bethany kept the pressure on to start the second half, as two free throws from sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) and a jumper by freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) pushed the BC advantage to 15 in the opening minute. A few minutes later, sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) canned a trey, which was followed by back-to-back triples from Droginske to swell Bethany’s cushion to 59-37 with 15 minutes left.
The win would not easily for the Bison, as the Scots made a push to get back into the game. A pair of three-pointers by Rachel Jaska and one trey by Kathryn Bigelow keyed a 13-3 Alma run that trimmed the Bethany lead down to 72-65 with 4:44 to go. However, the Bison answered back before the Scots could move any closer. Freshman Carly Garneau (Beaver Creek, Ohio/Carroll) and Hackathorn both hit two foul shots and after a pair of free throws by Alma, Hackathorn stepped outside and buried a three-pointer to run the Green and White lead back to 79-67 and Bethany would go on to pick up their initial victory of the year.
Keys to the win included the Bison continuing their domination on the glass, where they finished with a 37-25 margin, and clutch three-point shooting, as Bethany cashed in 9-of-19 attempts from the arc
Pacing the Bison in the scorebook was Wilson and Hackathorn with 16 points each. Hackathorn’s career-high total came on perfect 6-for-6 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-2 from deep, and she was also perfect in two trips to the charity stripe. Wilson chipped in with a game-high six assists as well.
Two others reached double figures for the Bison, including Droginske, who had a trio of triples to tally 13 markers, and sophomore Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Bethany will be in action again Tuesday when they host Muskingum at 6 p.m. in their home opener at Hummel Field House.