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The Shawnee News-Star
  • McLoud sinks Bethel with last-minute rally

  • Down 43-39 with 32 seconds remaining, McLoud rallied for a 44-43 victory over Bethel Tuesday night.
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  • Down 43-39 with 32 seconds remaining, McLoud rallied for a 44-43 victory over Bethel Tuesday night.
     
    After Clint Simmons hit two free throws for Bethel’s 43-39 lead, Jacob Magruder sank a 3-point shot to make it 43-32 with 22 seconds to go.
     
    McLoud’s Joseph Wood made a steal 10 seconds later but Magruder misfired on a 3-point attempt. Teammate Michael Byington grabbed the rebound and hit a put-back at the four-second mark.
     
    Bethel was unable to get off a good shot before time expired.
     
    “It was a nice win for us. It got us back to the .500 mark,” said McLoud head coach Shawn Blankenship. Blankenship was a Bethel assistant coach last year.
     
    Magruder knocked down four 3-point shots in leading McLoud’s scoring with 15 points. Klayton Adams finished with 12 and Byington had eight.
     
    Garret Fitzgerald led Bethel, 5-5, with 17 points and Trevor Stark finished with 15.
     
    McLoud is 6-6.
     
    Bethel will meet Litle Axe at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in first-round play of the CD Warehouse Classic at Bethel.
     
    In the early game, the 18th-ranked (Class 4A) Bethel girls received a 13-point, three-trey performance from Meghan Tade Tuesday night en route to a 49-32 triumph over unranked McLoud.
     
    Bethel was 5-of-9 from 3-point range and 14-of-29 overall from the floor. The Lady Wildcats knocked down 14 of their 21 free-throw attempts.
     
    Bethel led 22-16 at the half.
     
    Tana Baker added nine points for Bethel while Mikayla Whitten put in eight. Teammate Bry Flanagan chipped in with seven points and five rebounds.
     
    “We came out pretty flat and McLoud was playing good defense,” Bethel coach Jennifer Lynch said. “We picked up our defensive intensity and we were also able to get to the free-throw line.”
     
    Erin Estep of McLoud converted two 3-point field goals while scoring nine points.
     
    McLoud was 12-of-17 from the line.
     
    McLoud, 3-9, will be idle until Tuesday, Jan. 15 when it travels to Prague.
     
    Bethel will tackle Seminole at 4:20 p.m. Thursday in opening-round action of the CD Warehouse Classic at Bethel.
     
    Note: Report compiled by Fred Fehr.

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