BROWNSBURG — Behind a complete performance on each end of the floor, the Bethesda girls’ basketball team defeated visiting Southside Christian 42-27 Thursday night.
“This was a team (Southside Christian) that we played to a four-point win in overtime earlier in the season,” Bethesda coach Shane Lightfoot said. “We really think that we’ve improved over time and I think that tonight we showed that.”
The Patriots (8-5) went on an 8-2 run to start the game. However, a buzzer beating 3-pointer by the Sharks’ Savannah Petty cut the Bethesda Christian advantage to three at the end of the first quarter.
Bethesda outscored Southside 6-2 in the second quarter and took a 14-7 lead into halftime.
The Patriots came out of the locker room hot, opened the second half on a 8-3 run, and claimed a 30-13 lead heading into the fourth.
“We talked about not being aggressive enough on defense at halftime,” Lightfoot said. “There were not enough active hands. The girls really came out and did that a lot in the second half and it showed. We were able to get out on some runs. We were able to get everyone involved in the game tonight and it was a nice team win.”
Lightfoot said he was pleased with his team in the second half as well.
“Before we coaches get in the locker room at halftime, the girls will put down all of the things that they’ve done — good and bad,” Lightfoot said. “Sometimes I agree with it, sometimes I don’t. Tonight, the shooting percentage was under the bad column. We talked about how to get better shots against the 1-3-1 zone that they were doing and they actually came out and did what we told them they should do and they were successful.”
Bethesda’s hot shooting and strong defensive effort continued in the fourth quarter and the Patriots cruised to victory.
Emily Hayden led the way for the Patriots with 12 points, while Jenna Warrick added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Petty led Southside with a game-high 13 points and four rebounds.
Bethesda will look to build on its momentum as it travels to Eminence today.
“We would just like to get some consistent games,” Lightfoot said. “With the weather cancellations and reschedules and all of that, we’d like to get in and start playing more consistently. I think that if we can get back our momentum, that has been a key for us, I think that will carry us on into the sectional.”