Also aiding the strong second half effort was Cassie Mitchell, who played hard on both ends of the floor. Mitchell caused havoc all night for the Gryphons offense, disrupting their flow and passing lanes.
“She’s our speed and our quickness,” Leichty said. “(Mitchell) is all out hustle and does it every game. She was spent tonight, but she leaves it all on the floor. I put her on a team’s best offensive player because she irritates people with her aggressive style.”
Between the defensive pressure from Mitchell and Bethesda’s defense and Reffeitt’s play in the middle, things began to click for the Patriots.
Leading 19-16 heading to the fourth, Bethesda began to hit its stride.
The Gryphons closed the gap and tied it at 23-23 with 3:27 remaining but two consecutive baskets from Reffeitt down low extended the Patriots’’ lead once again.
With 6.3 seconds left, Indianapolis International closed to within one of the Patriots, but like she did all second half, Reffeitt came through, this time from the free throw line to seal the win.
“The biggest thing was she was 6 of 7 from the line with two big ones at the end,” Leichty said. “What else can you ask of a freshman?”
Emily Haden and Carly Baker each had four points for the Patriots and Hannah Joiner totaled three.
Bethesda takes a holiday break before taking its undefeated record at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27 to University High School (0-4).