Bethesda had trouble getting the ball in on numerous occasions and turnovers ensued, but Faith could not convert and Bethesda went to halftime with a slim 16-15 lead.
Faith opened the third on a 4-0 run before Bethesda’s Emily Hayden stepped up and provided a boost with four consecutive baskets, giving the Patriots a 24-20 lead.
“Hayden was in here this morning working on shooting and I told her she’s my safety blanket,” Lightfoot said. “I feel more comfortable having her in the game, but she has to make lay ups and has struggled all year with that. She worked on it and it paid off.”
Heading into the fourth, Bethesda held a 29-24 advantage and Faith took a 30-29 lead before a basket by Warrick gave the Patriots a lead.
Faith again pulled away, but Warrick hit four consecutive free throws and capped the run with a basket for a 37-35 advantage with 3:35 remaining and did not relinquish the lead again.
Warrick led all scorers and Hayden dropped in 12 for Bethesda.
“We can’t continue to win and be fortunate enough to win with that many turnovers again,” Lightfoot said. “We continued to battle and didn’t quit and we have goals to reach and this is an excellent stepping stone to get there eventually.”
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