Lady Wildcats Hand Faulkner First Loss of Season
Courtesy of Bethel Sports Information Department
McKENZIE — The No. 24 Bethel Lady Wildcats used a 36-23 advantage in points in the paint and the long range shooting of sophomore Morgan Martin to hand the Faulkner Lady Eagles their first loss of the season Saturday afternoon in Crisp Arena. The Lady Cats won their third straight with a 72-60 victory over the visitors from Montgomery.
Bethel moved to 9-6 and 1-1 in SSAC play. Faulkner fell to 13-1 and 2-1.
The Lady Wildcats continued their home dominance with the victory. Bethel is 37-1 all-time against Southern States Athletic Conference in Crisp Arena. They are 85-12 overall in the building.
Martin nailed five of her eight three-point attempts and finished with a game high 20 points. Shamon Pearson had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Laurhen Pickett finished with eight points and a game high 13 points. Chelsea Burt led the Eagles with 16 points. Kayla Tillman had 14 points while Savana Flack scored 11 points for Faulkner.
Bethel led 39-25 at the half. The Lady Wildcats are 9-1 when leading at the break.
Bethel had a 52-28 advantage in rebounding. The Cats are 9-2 when they out rebound their opponents. Bethel held Faulkner to just one offensive rebound in the game.
Bethel is now 9-0 when they out shoot their opposition. Bethel shot 26-of-68 from the field at 38 percent. They hit eight three-pointers. Faulkner had 11 threes and shot 36 percent from the floor connecting on 24-of-65 attempts.
Both squads struggle with their free throw shooting. Faulkner was 1-of-7 while Bethel was 12-of-25 from charity.
Coach Chris Nelson was pleased with the effort and win. “This was a nice win over a very good squad. Coach (Reed) Sutton does a really good job and they are a quality opponent. I was very pleased with our inside play as our bigs presented some challenges for them. We have stressed to them all year the importance of hitting the boards and that was a big key today. With Madison (Steppee), Laurhen (Pickett) and Brandi (Goodman) we have the ability to be very good in the paint. Laurhen’s length and defense was a big factor I thought. Morgan was excellent and beginning to play like we know she can. She had that look about her today.” Nelson added, “With this our last game before the Christmas break we want to thank our fans and wish all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”