Jan. 30 - BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team led by six at halftime and by as many as nine in the second half, but Geneva rallied to come away with a 61-57 victory over the visiting Bison Saturday afternoon.
Trailing by three midway through the first half, BC (5-14) posted a 10-2 run, highlighted by a three from junior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) and a three-point play from sophomore Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park), to move in front 21-16. Then with time ticking down in the first half, freshman Carly Garneau (Beaver Creek, Ohio/Carroll) drained a three from the corner to give Bethany a 28-22 lead at the break.
The Bison maintained their lead in the early stages of the second half and after scores by freshmen Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) and Taylor Kress (Sharpsville, Pa.), the Green and White lead stood at 36-27 with 14:21 to play. The Golden Tornadoes (7-12) answered right back on the following possession with score by Renee Rawding, which ignited a 14-0 spurt. A score from Beth DeLuca capped the run, which gave the home team a 41-36 advantage.
Bethany had an answer of their own, as threes from Hackathorn and Garneau came around a lay-up from Taormina to push BC back in front 48-47 with 7:17 to play. Geneva responded with six straight points to regain the lead, but the Bison rallied again. They moved within one point on two occasions and had a chance to tie in the closing seconds. Two Kress foul shots made it a 59-57 GT lead with 25 seconds to go and the Bison forced a steal on the ensuing inbounds. Bethany’s game-tying attempt was off, which Geneva rebounded and then buried two free throws to clinch the victory.
The Bison featured a balanced scoring attack, as Kress and Harris each scored 11 and pulled down seven and six rebounds, respectively. Sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) added 10 points and also passed off six assists.
For Geneva, who shot 58 percent (15-26) in the second half, Valerie Hamilton had a game-high 19 and DeLuca totaled 10.
Bethany will be on the road for their contest as well, traveling to Greenville, Pa., Wednesday night to face Thiel in a 6 p.m. tip-off.