Bethel’s Lady Wildcats snatched a Class 3A regional championship game from Chandler, 53-47, Saturday, but head coach Jerry Johnson was less than impressed with the outcome.


Bethel’s Lady Wildcats snatched a Class 3A regional championship game from Chandler, 53-47, Saturday, but head coach Jerry Johnson was less than impressed with the outcome.
“We played horribly,” Johnson said. “We didn’t execute a game plan. It’s one of the worst performances I’ve had in a playoff game in not following a game plan.”
Johnson also didn’t mince words when speaking of Bethel’s shooting on the night.
“We shot the ball horribly,” he said. “If we don’t listen and follow instructions from here on out, it’ll be a short trip next week.”
As the regional champ, Bethel (22-2) will oppose Northeast Academy at 6:30 p.m. March 4 in the area tournament at Ada.
Bethel connected on 17 of 37 (45.9 percent) of its shots from the field Saturday, including a 5-of-13 (38.5 percent) effort from 3-point range. The Lady Wildcats canned 14 of 19 foul shots on the night.
Chandler’s Kenisha Henderson led all scorers with 19 points, and teammate McKenzie Solberg supplied 17. Four Lady Wildcats reached double figures, led by Taylor Cooper’s 15. McKenzie Cooper netted a dozen for Bethel, and Shay Flanagan and Sami Martin added 11 apiece.
Bethel led 10-8 after one quarter before sharing a 23-all tie with the Lady Lions at the break. Bethel was up 38-33 after three quarters.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.