BYNG — Bethel’s girls moved over the .500 mark Thursday, knocking off Okemah 43-34 in first-round play of the Byng Winter Classic.
Okemah led just once, 2-0, but Bethel (5-4) held a 17-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Brooke Shaw topped Bethel’s scoring with 11 points, including a 3-point field goal.
Laney O’Rourke, playing for the first time in seven games because of a knee injury, finished with 10 points for Bethel. Teammate Kirsten Winter hit two treys en route to eight points.
Natarya Wilson and Jacie Harelson, who combined for 31 points in a pre-Christmas victory over Bethel, were held to eight points Thursday.
“Our focus was to shut them down,” Bethel coach Tara Satterfield said.
Bethel will continue Classic play at 4 p.m. today in a semifinal matchup against the Moore-Madill winner.
Despite 29 points from senior Ben Pfeiff, Bethel dropped a 75-73 decision to Broken Bow in first-round action.
Bethel (6-3) led 30-27 in the opening half but trailed by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter before rallying.
“I think we have to get tougher mentally to win those type of games,” Bethel coach Bryan Jennings said.
Bethel drops into consolation play, taking on Byng at 11:30 a.m. today.