MCLOUD—The McLoud and Bethel hoop squads clashed on Tuesday and it was a night for comebacks. The Bethel Lady Wildcats grabbed a 52-45 win before the Redskins came back to down Bethel 52-51.
In the boys’ game, the Wildcats controlled the game for three quarters, leading 29-23 at the half and extending the advantage to 39-30 with the final quarter remaining.
That’s when McLoud caught fire and senior forward Brandon Hadl was right in the middle of it.
Hadl scored nine of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter.
Bethel’s Drae Wood hit a trey with 5:43 left in the game to give the visitors a 42-31 lead, but the Redskins ended the game on a 22-9 run. McLoud took their first lead of the second half on a Tristan Crook jumper with 1:12 left and hit just enough free throws in the final minute to hang on.
Wood sparked the Wildcats in the first half, scoring nine of his team-high 16 points. Anthony Franklin scored nine for Bethel.
Along with Hadl, Brandon Vinson also had a big night. He hit for 16 points, including the icing on the cake when he caught a court-length pass and hit a layup with :10 left. That stretched the lead to 52-48. John Gordon hit a trey for Bethel with one second remaining to end all scoring.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Redskins jumped all over Bethel in the first quarter, taking an 18-7 lead. Lexi Boyer scored seven of her game-high 16 points in the initial frame.
McLoud increased their lead to 31-18 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Lady Wildcats put the clamps down on the McLoud offense. They held the Lady Redskins to just four points and trimmed the McLoud lead to 35-28 by the end of the third. Laney O’Rorke provided a bench spark for the Lady Wildcats, scoring six of her eight points in the quarter.
Bethel took control in the fourth quarter and did so on the strength of a 9-0 run in the first three minutes of the quarter. McLoud’s offense never got on track and Bethel iced the game at the charity stripe. The Lady Wildcats hit 13 of their 19 free throw attempts in the fourth.
Kirsten Winters led Bethel in scoring with 11, and Kennedy Gregory chipped in with 10.
McLoud’s Boyer was joined in double-figure scoring Jessie Wooten with 10.