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McKENZIE — After their thrilling 71-70 overtime road victory Saturday at Lindsey Wilson, the No. 14 Bethel Lady Wildcats returned home Tuesday night hosting the Williams Baptist Lady Eagles …
McKENZIE — After their thrilling 71-70 overtime road victory Saturday at Lindsey Wilson, the No. 14 Bethel Lady Wildcats returned home Tuesday night hosting the Williams Baptist Lady Eagles from Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Bethel continued their home court dominance moving to 122-15 all-time in the building with a 101-73 victory over the visiting Eagles.
The Lady Cats improved to 4-1 on the season while WBU dropped to 1-2.
Bethel placed five in double figures with freshman Ever Walker leading the offensive attack with 25 points and five assists. Another freshman, Oliva Rinehart popped in 16 points and grabbed four boards. Ashton Hulme followed with 15 points and seven rebounds. Mickey Head had her second straight double-double scoring 14 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. She came within one block of having a triple double. Former Bethel star Moo Moo Williams was the last Lady Wildcat to do pull off the rarity. Bethel received a huge pick-up in the game with Anaya Patterson coming off the bench and hitting four three-pointers. She finished with 12 points and matching her career high. Tasia Bland led the visiting Eagles with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Bethel had a seven point lead (45-38) lead at the half and outscored WBU 56-35 in the second half. The Lady Wildcats hit a season high 16 three-pointers and shot 47 percent (35-74) from the field. WBU shot 35 percent hitting 25-of- 70 shots from the floor.
Bethel had a 44-30 rebound margin.
Coach Chris Nelson was pleased but said his team can still improve. “We are always happy to get a huge win but we have to be better in certain areas. We have to credit Williams Baptist for coming in here and playing with fire like that did in the first half. We had a hard time of keeping them in front of us and we gave up to many first half points. We made some adjustments for the second half and did a better job. We were very pleased with the way Anaya came in off the bench and felt like that really freed Ever up in transition and allowed her to get in the paint to create for her and her teammates. Mickey was spectacular tonight doing a little a bit of everything and she continues to be a leader for us. She does a great job of protecting the paint and is really rebounding the ball the way we have been asking her to do. Ashton continues to just clock in and do her job and anything we ask of her. Olivia is so versatile playing numerous positions and you can tell she is starting to catch her groove. We have a lot of new pieces and we will continue to mesh them and see them grow during the year.” Nelson concluded, “We want to thank our fans for their support and wish all a Happy Thanksgiving.”
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