BROWNSBURG — With a chance to make history, the Bethesda Christian girls’ basketball team rose to the occasion Wednesday night. Since becoming a member of the IHSAA, Bethesda had gone 0-4 in sectional play.
That all changed with the Patriots’ impressive 43-21 win over Indianapolis Metropolitan.
“We talked to the girls a little bit about the historical significance of this game tonight,” said Bethesda coach Shane Lightfoot, who has led the Patriots to the most wins in a season in school history. “They were very excited about the opportunity to be the first to do something. I am very, very proud of them and they will always be able to say they were a part of this team.”
Making the victory that much more sweet was the way Bethesda won, with a complete team effort.
Seven players — Lissie Busch (2), Sam Baker (2), Lauren Buck (3), Emily Hayden (4), Lydia Trapp (6), Hannah Joiner (10), and Jenna Warrick (16) — scored for Bethesda. As a group, the Patriots ripped down 45 rebounds, led by Buck’s 15 boards.
“Buck has really sacrificed things she does well like scoring and rebounding to take over point for us and handle the ball because she’s confident,” Lightfoot said. “It was nicely balanced tonight, nice to keep everybody in the game and needs to be a team game to get where we want to go.”
Lightfoot said the team came out loose in warm-ups and he wasn’t sure how to take it and while everything eventually worked out, early on the Patriots looked anything but confident.
“We started slow and got over the hump… we talked a lot about resilience before the game,” Lightfoot said.
Bethesda started with 12 first quarter turnovers and scored only five points in the period.
Helping Bethesda stay in the game was Metro’s shooting as the Pumas went 0 for 20 from the floor and hit just one free throw. Metro would not hit a field goal until 5:48 remained in the second.
Bethesda opened the second on a 6-2 run, finished strong with a 9-0 run and led 20-8 at the half.
Warrick scored 10 of her game-high 16 points in the second as Bethesda carried momentum into the break. Metro shot 3 of 35 for the half.
Bethesda extended its lead in the third by 17 points and cruised to victory through the fourth.
Bethesda will take on Indiana Math and Science following Game 1 at approximately 7:45 p.m. on Friday. Bethesda downed Indiana Math and Science 41-19 on Feb. 6.