JONES — Coach Tara Satterfield had nothing but praise for her Bethel squad after a heartbreaking 50-48 setback to Perkins-Tryon Friday in semifinal action of the Jones Tournament.
Down 50-46 in the final seconds, Bethel got a 2-point field goal and was fouled ou the play. Bethel intentionally missed the free throw, hoping to get a rebound and tying field goal, but Perkins-Tryon came up with the ball.
“We played well and hard against the No. 8 team in 4A,” Satterfield said. “We just had too many turnovers in the third quarter but we still came back. I am really proud of them.”
Perkins-Tryon outscored Bethel 18-4 in the second quarter on the way to a 26-18 halftime advantage.
Kelsie Wood hit two 3-point field goals en route to a team-high 14 points. Kirsten Winters, who tallied 10 points, hit two 3-pointers. Laney O’Rorke and Keagan Engle had one trey apiece.
Had Bethel fared a little better at the charity stripe (12 of 19), it could have easily been in Saturday’s championship game. Still, the Lady Wildcats, 8-10, will play for third place at 12:30 Saturday against the loser of Friday’s contest between Jones and Cushing.
The Bethel boys trailed John Marhsall 30-29 with third minutes left in the fourth quarter, but were unable to hold on losing 76-48 Friday evening.
The Wildcats trailed 28-25 at intermission.
Drae Wood had a team-high 15 points. Jaylon Gordon was the other Bethel player in double-figures with 14.
Bethel will play Centennial at 2 p.m. in the third place game of the Jones Tournament.
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.