BISON LOSE TO WESTMINSTER ON LAST-SECOND FREE THROW
Dec. 2 - NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster’s Andi Ridge hit a free throw with two-tenths of a second to play to lift the Titans to a 53-52 victory over the Bethany women’s basketball team Wednesday in the PAC opener for both schools.
The foul shot capped a Titan comeback in the final 1:23 from a four-point Bison lead. Bethany, who trailed by nine (31-22) early in the second half, roared back with a 19-5 spurt to surge in front 41-36. After Westminster (2-3, 1-0) came back to retake a three-point lead, the Bison (1-4, 0-1) posted one more run. Sophomore Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) hit a jumper and a three to push BC back on top and sophomore Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) swished a three with 1:23 remaining for a 52-48 Bethany lead.
Unfortunately, that would be the final point for the Green and White. Westminster’s Jenn Cantella buried a trey to bring the home team back within one and then Amy Dolsak tied the contest with a free throw with 24 seconds to play. Dolsak missed the second free throw and the Titans chased down the rebound. They missed a three-point try, but Bethany turned it over on the rebound with three seconds left. Following a timeout, Dolsak got free for a lay-up attempt, but she missed, Ridge grabbed the rebound and was fouled before she could try a putback with less than a second showing. After missing the first one, she canned the second for the winning point.
The heart-breaking loss diminished a strong effort from Bethany freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley), who totaled 18 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) fired in 10 of her 12 points in the second half and also handed out four assists.
For the Titans, Cantella hit four three-pointers and tallied 14, while Kaitlin McCarthy had 11.
The Bison will return to the floor Saturday with another road game, as they travel to Waynesburg for a 1:30 p.m. tip-off with the Yellow Jackets. It will be a rematch of last year’s PAC Tournament quarterfinal battle between the schools, won by Bethany 68-63 in overtime.