The Bethel College women’s basketball team finally got out of last place in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, downing York College 67-58 Thursday on senior night at Thresher Gym.

Bethel improves to 4-22, 2-19 in KCAC play. York falls to 1-26, 1-20 in KCAC play. The two teams split the season series.

Bethel was 33.8 percent from the field (23 of 68) while York was 29.9 percent (20 of 67). Bethel held a 56-43 rebounding advantage.

“It was a game of runs,” Bethel coach Adam Esses said. “They made some. We made some, but we made more. We got good shots. We just didn’t put them in. I’m happy with the way we played defensively and I’m happy for the team. We talked at halftime (about the press) and we handled it a little better in the second half. We made a couple of mistakes late, but I’m still happy with the win.”

Elise Gerlach and Karlie Schroeder each scored 14 points for Bethel, followed by Ciara McKinney with 10. Kylee Schunn had 13 rebounds.

Gerlach was one of three Threshers playing her last home game, joining Brittany Carter and Kim Carbonell.

“It’s been a wonderful opportunity,” Gerlach said. “I played along side some wonderful girls. I’ve had great support along the way.”

Gerlach said she’s going into teaching when she graduates and hopes to coach someday.

Mikala Wilson had 10 points for the Panthers.

Bethel jumped out to a 6-0 lead, gave up an 8-0 run and made a 7-0 run before a late York 3-pointer got the Panthers back within two at the end of the quarter, 13-11.

Bethel trailed by as many as four early in the second quarter. Riley Schmieder putback with 4:10 left in the period tied the game, but York replied with the next four points, followed by an 8-0 Thresher run.

A Brittany Carter layup with 10 seconds left in the half put Bethel up 31-26 at intermission.

Bethel opened the third quarter with a Ciara McKinney layup and a Schroeder trey. The Threshers led by as many as 12 in the quarter. A Gerlach trey with six seconds left in the quarter put the Threshers up 47-33.

After trading baskets early in the fourth quarter, York made a run to draw as close as eight. Michelle Schrag broke the run with 5:22 in regulation. A pair of York three-point plays got the Panthers within four with 3:34 to play. A Schunn layup and Carter three-point play put Bethel back up by nine with 1:25 to play.

York missed three shots on the other end before Bethel finally got the rebound, setting up a Fantasia Johnson layup. Gerlach followed with two free throws with 41.1 seconds to play.

“We just were able to push the ball up the court and hit some shots when we needed them,” Gerlach said. “We did that. They are a very physical team, very physical.”

Carbonell, injured most of the season, took the court briefly in the final 34 seconds.

Bethel ends the season at 5 p.m. Saturday at Sterling.

“They are a very good defensive team and a very good rebounding team as well,” Esses said. “It will be a tough one on the road. Hopefully we can get a little momentum and get one more before the break until next season.

“We need some more size for next year. We get Abby Schmidt next year. She’s having a great season at Newton High School. We need a couple more players with size. We still have a young team and have some good sophomores and juniors coming back — Schmeider, McKinney and Schunn. We just need to work hard in the off season.”

YORK (1-26, 1-20 KCAC) — Kleber 4-10 1-3 9, Sharkey 2-11 2-2 6, Mosely 0-5 2-3 2, Esquivel 2-8 1-2 6, Wilson 4-6 2-4 10, Maher 1-3 1-2 4, Grauberger 0-0 0-0 0, Vargas 2-4 2-2 6, Smith 0-0 3-4 3, Poneoma 2-7 0-0 5, Pittman 0-0 0-1 0, Manjarrez 1-7 0-0 3, Fike 2-4 0-0 4, Scofield 0-1 0-0 0, Hobson 0-1 0-0 0, Hackel 0-0 0-0 0, Shafer 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 20-67 14-23 58.

BETHEL (4-22, 2-19 KCAC) — Carter 2-4 1-1 5, Schunn 3-10 2-2 8, McKinney 4-7 2-2 10, Gerlach 3-11 6-6 14, Sumpter 2-6 0-0 4, Schroeder 4-12 2-4 14, Schmieder 1-2 0-1 2, Pineda 0-5 1-2 1, Case 0-0 0-0 0, Carbonell 0-0 0-0 0, Schrag 2-5 0-0 4, Johnson 2-6 1-4 5. TOTALS 23-68 15-22 67.

York;11;15;7;25;—58

Bethel;13;18;16;20;—67

Total fouls — YC 21, BC 21. Technical fouls — BC: Sumpter 7:40-2q. Fouled out — YC: Mosley :41.1-4q. 3-point shooting — YC 4-24 (Kleber 0-1, Sharkey 0-5, Mosely 0-4, Esquivel 1-2, Maher 1-1, Vargas 0-1, Poneoma 1-5, Manjarrez 1-4, Fike 0-1), BC 6-21 (Gerlach 2-9, Schroeder 4-10, Pineda 0-2). Rebounds — YC 43 (Wilson 8), BC 56 (Schunn 13). Assists — YC 8 (Kleber 3), BC 13 (Schunn 3, Schroeder 3, Pineda 3). Turnovers — YC 15 (Mosley 3), BC 19 (Sumpter 5). Blocked shots — YC (Esquivel 1, Smith 1), BC 0. Steals — YC (Kleber 4), BC (Gerlach 1, Schroeder 1, Pineda 1, Johnson 1).