McPHERSON — A week ago, Bethel jumped out 31-3 against Central Christian and the game was even the rest of the way. In the rematch Thursday at the Pyle Sports Complex Thursday, Bethel jumped to an early lead, but Central pushed back. The Threshers regrouped after a Tiger run early in the second half to claim an 86-37 win. “They scored nine points in the first five minutes of the second half, and scored 11 the rest of the game,” Bethel coach Mark Fox said. “We had to get refocused. Maybe it’s indicative of a young team, but the thing I like is, after a time out, we buckled down and played well the rest of the second half.” Bethel was led by Lauren Ulrich with 15 points, followed by Taylor Durant with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Jaime Tschetter with 11 points and eight rebounds and Kendra Scott with 10 points and nine rebounds. Durant scored 12 points in the second half. Tschetter scored seven in the second half. “They were very physical, but that’s good for us,” Durant said. “Our conference is very physical. I’m glad Central Christian showed that. I think a lot of our people had assists because we moved the ball around in the second half. That’s what got our posts open. We got the defenders behind us. I think that’s how we got out. They came out wanting revenge because we beat them last time. Everybody wants to win.” “Taylor didn’t have any points in the first half,” Fox said. “A lot of her points came when we started moving the basketball, and forcing them to play catch-up. It makes it pretty easy as a post player when the defense is always following you. We moved the basketball. We swung it from one side to another. We made them defend multiple sides of the court.” Durant, a sophomore from Westminster, Colo., is one of the few players with much playing time from last year. “It’s been a struggle,” Durant said. “We’re very young. We have to get experience. We have to find out who plays well with who.” Bethel hit 29 of 69 from the field, 14 of 24 in the second half. Central was 13 of 51, five of 27 in the second half. Bethel held a 57-33 advantage on the boards. “I challenged them before the game,” Fox said. “The first seven years I’ve been here, we’ve been one of the top rebounding clubs in the conference. This year in the first two games, we haven’t rebounded very well. We outrebounded them by 24 tonight. They are averaging 50 rebounds a game.” Central was led Brooke Rhodes with 13 points. Kadetra O’Brine scored seven. No other player scored more than four points. In the first meeting between the two teams, Rhodes scored 16 and O’Brine scored 12. “The kids paid attention to the scouting report,” Fox said. “We made the adjustments on them defensively. The first time we played them, we didn’t know much about their players.” Bethel jumped out to a 16-2 lead. Central didn’t reach double figures in scoring until Rhodes hit a jumper with 4:41 remaining in the first half. An Ulrich layup off a steal with 57.5 seconds left in the half put the Threshers up by 21 at intermission, 38-17. Bethel was just 15 of 45 from the field, but held a 33-17 advantage on the boards at the half. Central was eight of 24 shooting in the first half. Bethel opened the second half with an Ulrich trey, but Central came back to within 19. Bethel replied with a run to put the game away. Bethel dumped the bench in the final five minutes. “We have a huge stretch starting tonight,” Fox said. “We have six games in 11 days. It’s important that we conserve legs when possible. We made have to do some things different in some games in terms of pressure and transition. We’ll take them one game at a time. Tonight was a nice win. I think we got better tonight. ... This game is going to get us ready for the KCAC, which is a meat-grinder every night.” Bethel returns to play at 6 p.m. Monday at Thresher Gym against York College, a team that beat the Threshers 63-55 Saturday. In the first meeting between the two teams, Bethel was tied in the final two minutes, but failed to score down the stretch. “They were up 12 or 13 with eight or nine minutes to go,” Fox said. “We fought back to tie it, and even got a little lead. I think it was a young team on the road for the first time. We didn’t know how to handle the pressure.”
BETHEL (2-1) — Scott 4-14 2-4 10, Durant 4-11 6-6 14, Ebenkamp 1-4 7-10 9, Ulrich 6-10 1-3 15, Wilkerson 3-7 0-4 7, Bria.Bates 0-0 0-0 0, Gonia 2-2 1-1 5, Doerksen 0-0 0-0 0, Brit.Bates 1-4 2-2 4, Tschetter 5-6 1-4 11, Bright 2-7 2-2 7, Brown 1-4 1-2 4, TOTALS 29-69 23-38 86. CENTRAL CHRISTIAN (1-3) — Rhodnes 6-16 1-2 13, Benton 1-3 0-0 3, Pate 1-5 0-0 3, Void 0-0 0-0 0, Hawthorne 0-4 4-6 4, Regier 0-6 2-4 2, Cyr 1-2 0-0 3, Curtis 0-0 0-0 0, Alderson 0-2 0-2 0, Metz 0-1 0-0 0, Packard 0-0 0-0 0, O’Brine 3-9 1-2 7, TOTALS 13-51 8-16 37. Bethel 38 48 —86 Cent.Chr. 17 20 —37 Total fouls — BC 15, CC 25. Technical fouls — CC: coach. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — BC 5-17 (Ulrich 2-5, Wilkerson 1-3, Brit.Bates 0-1, Bright 1-4, Brown 1-4), CC 3-16 (Rhodes 0-2, Benton 1-1, Pate 1-2, Hawthorne 0-3, Regier 0-5, Richard 0-1, Cyr 1-2). Rebounds — BC 57 (Durant 10), CC 33 (three with 4). Assists — BC 18 (Scott 5), CC 7 (Void 2, Richard 2). Turnovers — BC 20 (Brit.Bates), CC 30 (four with 4). Blocked shots — BC 3 (three with 1), CC 1 (Benton 1). Steals — BC 15 (Ebenkamp 5), CC 10 (Hawthorne 2, Packard 2).