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Bethel girls succumb to Eufaula in overtime

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

OKLAHOMA CITY — So close, yet so far.

Bethel’s girls saw their bid for a Class 3A state tournament berth fall tantalizingly short in an area tournament elimination game Friday at Western Heights High School.

Ninth-ranked Eufaula never trailed in eliminating Bethel 54-46 in overtime.

Bethel’s first deadlock of the game (40-all) came when senior Kennedy Gregory sank a 3-point field goal at the final buzzer of regulation.

Eufaula went on to outscore Bethel 14-6 in the OT session.

“We trailed the entire game and were down double digits,” said Bethel coach Tara Satterfield. “Thee girls don’t have quit in them.”

Gregory popped in a team-high 13 points. Kelsie Wood, who cranked out three treys, joined teammates Parker Stevenson and Paige Hubler with nine points.

Bethel connected on 12-of-16 charity tosses (75%), including a 6-of-6 effort from Gregory. Hubler drained 6-of-8 free throws.

Eufaula, which led 25-13 at halftime, finished at 22-of-30 from the line for 73.3%

Jordan Jones led Eufaula with 18 points.

“This is really a great group of seniors,” Satterfield said. “We hadn’t been out of the second round of regionals the last two years and we were minutes away from playing on the last day of area. They gave everything they had.”

Bethel concluded the season at 17-10.

Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.