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BCA women end season with loss

POSTED: February 19, 2014 12:00 p.m.
Adam Wynn/Barrow County News

Lady Knights Megan John (#11), Sarah Beth Adams (#12) and Kara Maxwell (#14) guard Curtis Baptists' Alyssa Spurlock earlier this year.

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The Lady Knights ended a difficult season Tuesday night with a 46-14 loss in the GISA Region 1-A play-in against John Hancock Academy. Bethlehem's varsity women ended the season 3-15.

Sarah Beth Adams, a sophomore Lady Knight who is one BCA's big three on offense, missed the game due to an injury sustained in BCA's last game of the season which was exacerbated in practice.

Bethlehem Christian Academy women's varsity basketball coach Mike Elmankabady's team scored just two points in the first quarter, perhaps indicative of the importance of his missing offensive players, but they trailed by just four points.

"We were down 6-2 at the end of the first quarter, but then they just kind of slowly blew it open," Elmankabady acknowledged.

By halftime, though, the BCA deficit grew to 11 points.

"We were competing with them defensively," Elmankabady noted. "It was a ballgame at the half. Even when it was 11 at the half, it felt like a ballgame because we were getting good looks but nothing was falling. It wasn't our best offensive unit out there. We just couldn't get anything to drop; we couldn't score.

"That kind of messed with our confidence a little and we started beating ourselves up," Elmankabady added.

"We were also messed with a little bit by the weather, but I'm sure most teams were, too," Elmankabady added. "We were only able to get one practice in before this game. I thought we were going to have all week last week to prepare."

Bethlehem's only practice was the day before, and Adams reinjured her knee while trying to prepare for the crucial "win or go home" match-up with John Hancock.

In addition to Adams' injury, the Lady Knights were mostly under the weather for Tuesday's game with several players and the coach dealing with illness.

The leading scorer for Bethlehem Tuesday night, Kara Maxwell, was one of the girls not at her full potential due to sickness. Maxwell scored half of BCA's points with seven.

Ravyn Harrison, the lone senior from this class and a crucial part of Bethlehem's offense, finished her final game with four points.

As difficult as this season was for the team to handle, Elmankabady applauded his young women for their tenacity and their willingness to keep working hard despite adversity.

"I know it's been a tough year, but I'm proud of these girls," Elmankabady said. "It's hard to keep coming back to work loss after loss after loss, and to keep fighting to get better and to keep playing a game that you believe you have chances in.

"They just keep working to build a program from the ground up."

As a testament to their character, most of the team is planning to come back next season despite the struggles of the 2013-14 campaign.

"It shows how much heart they have that they continue to bust their butts and work hard to come back," Elmankabady concluded.



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