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Bethany’s 2nd Half Begins with 76-54 Loss at Waynesburg

Jan. 19 - WAYNESBURG, Pa. – Junior Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) scored a game-high 15 points, but the Bethany College women’s basketball team could not contain Waynesburg, who shot 48 percent from the floor and went on a 76-54 win over the Bison Saturday.

5993Schott12.jpg Verrico scored five points to give BC (5-12, 3-7) a 5-2 lead and Bethany stayed right with Waynesburg (8-9, 7-3) for most of the first half. A lay-up by Bison senior Carly Garneau (Beaver Creek, Ohio/Carroll) had the Green and White within a bucket at 16-14 with 9:46 to go in the half. Waynesburg’s Elaine Hasek then scored seven during a 12-1 run that took their lead to double figures and the home team would carry a 35-24 lead into the intermission.

A Verrico free throw to begin the second period had BC within 10, but the Yellow Jackets answered with seven straight points. Bethany was able to trim the margin down to 46-35 following scores from freshman Sami Schott (right - Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) and senior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley), but that was as close as the Bison would get in the second half. Later in the period, Waynesburg used an 11-2 spurt to swell its cushion to 59-38 and the Jackets coasted to the win to remain in the top half of the PAC standings.

3388Tipton12.jpg Leading the Bison offense, which struggled in shooting 29 percent (20-69), was Verrico. Her seven free throws helped her finish with a game-high 15 markers, her ninth straight game with double digits. Freshman Mikyla Tipton (right - Wellsville, Ohio) came off the bench to total 10 points, four rebounds and three steals and Schott managed nine points and five boards.

The Yellow Jackets were paced by Jessi Drayer, who tossed in 14 in in the win, while Paige Pearce added 11 points and nine rebounds.

Bethany is back on the road for its next contest, traveling to Geneva for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off Wednesday night.