A chilly night outside unfortunately translated to cold shooting for the Bethel Threshers (10-12, 6-10) last night in their contest with the Tabor Bluejays (11-9, 10-6). Bethel was unable to find any outside shooting during the game, and ultimately fell by a score of 53-38. Junior Abby Schmidt, Newton, was able to capture the program's career rebound record with 15 on the night, and setting her total to 916 as a Thresher.
A low-scoring first quarter from both sides meant neither could establish much control of the game. After trailing from Tabor's opening possession, Bethel took the lead off a three-point play from Alex Bearup at the 7:07 mark and would not relinquish it through the rest of the quarter, leading 9-6 at the end of the openng stanza.
The Threshers grew their lead early in the second quarter after Schmidt, Kendall Michalski ( and Josie Calzonetti each found their way into the stat sheet. A 17-9 edge was as large as Bethel could make it before the Bluejays began to whittle into the lead. An 11-2 run for Tabor swung things in their favor briefly before a pair of free-throws from Vargas gave Bethel back their lead at halftime, 21-20.
Schmidt finished the first half with nine rebounds, tying the program career record at 910 (set by Hannah Blackburn during her time at Bethel from 2006-2010). Schmidt was able to break it at the 9:34 mark in the third quarter after making a bucket on the other end just prior to it.
A pair of ties followed before Tabor took control of the game by taking a multi-possession lead. At the end of the third quarter, Bethel trailed 38-33.
Bethel's offense became stagnant in the final quarter as they could only collect five points in the time span. Tabor was able to increase their lead into double-digits, where it stayed to give Bethel the 53-38 loss.
The Bethel Threshers have this Saturday off and will be back in action on at 6 p.m. Jan. 29. when they host the Ottawa Braves (5-13, 5-10).