Dec. 12 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) scored a game-high 18 points and freshman Taylor Kress (Sharpsville, Pa.) recorded her first career double-double, as the Bethany women’s basketball team posted a 60-55 victory over visiting Geneva Saturday.
The Bison’s second consecutive victory improved their record to 3-5, while the Golden Tornadoes dropped to 4-5.
Bethany used a large advantage on the boards in the first half to lead throughout the period. BC’s 27-19 rebounding margin, including 11 offensive caroms, helped the Green and White take as large as a 33-22 lead, which came when sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) drained a three at the 1:46 mark. However, the GTs scored seven of the final eight points of the half to make it a 34-29 Bison lead at intermission.
Early in the second half, Geneva sliced the BC lead to 40-38, but the hosts answered right back with seven straight markers. Bethany’s lead was still nine at 55-46 when Kress scored on a lay-up with 4:20 to play, but the Bison went cold from the floor and the foul line to nearly let Geneva back into the game. Another Kress lay-in was the only Bethany points over the next 3+ minutes and when Renee Rawding cashed in a three with 54 seconds to go, the Bison lead was 57-53.
With under a minute to play, Droginske hit one-of-two foul shots and Wilson missed the front end of a one-and-one, which allowed the GTs to get within 58-55 on a bucket from Chelsea D’Urso with 21 ticks on the clock. Wilson finally secured the triumph for Bethany when she swished a pair from the charity stripe with 16 seconds to play and the Bison had their third consecutive victory over Geneva.
Wilson went 4-for-5 from three-point land on her way to the game-high 18 markers. Bethany’s 52-35 advantage on the glass was highlighted by a career-high 14 boards from sophomore Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia), who also had eight points, and Kress, who tossed in 11 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.
Geneva was led by Alyse Scarsella with 15 points and seven rebounds.
The Bison will be back in action Tuesday with a non-conference road game at Denison, which is set to tip-off at 6 p.m.