Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Big Game 2-8-12: Bethel escapes St. Ben's

The Bethel women edged host St. Ben's to stay in a tie for 5th and 6th place in the MIAC and for the last spot in the upcoming playoffs. Bethel never trailed in this game, running off to a 12-2 led early. After that it got a lot harder real quick.

St. Ben's got back into it at 24-23 and 26-25 in the 1st half, though Bethel spurted to a 31-25 half-time lead. The Bennies tied in at 38-all at of the 2nd half, whereupon Bethel ran off 9 straight points. With the score 54-46 Bethel, the Bennies ran off 7 straight to get back within 1 at 54-53. Taylor Sheley made 4 FT down the stretch to keep Bethel out front. Blazers' guard Tish Alexander's 3 at :03 was off the mark.

Despite missing 7 of its 1st 8 shots, the Bennies outshot the Royals 46 to 32 percent from the field, but Bethel shot 84 percent from the line to St. Ben's 59, and out-rebounded the Blazers 37-28. Taylor Sheley led all scorers with 21 points.

Player of the Day

Darrion Strong of the Tartan boys gets Player of the Day honors ahead of Sheley for his 26 point effort in Tartan's 59-52 win over St. Thomas.

Coach of the Day

Ryan Green, Coon Rapids boys, didn't let a 4-14 record stop them from upsetting Anoka 97-85.

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