Pretty big stunner out of Green Co. tonight. I thought Bethlehem could hang with them, but they did more than that, flat-out taking it to top-5 E'town tonight from the get-go, building a double-digit lead six minutes into the game.
The Banshees trailed 3-0 25 seconds in and then never again after a 9-0 run in response. They dominated on the glass against the taller Panthers, 37-18. Bethlehem had 18 offensive rebounds.
Bethlehem's Mikiah Livers-Bryant went for 13 points and 17 rebounds (10 offensive) and Ella Thompson had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Amelia Hodges nailed four triples and had a game-high 21 points. Baeli Young added 11 points.
Whitney Hay had 17 points to lead E'town, but the Banshees harassed the region POY into an uncharacteristic 3-for-16 shooting night.
This is Bethlehem's first trip to state. The school has only ever been to the region finals one other time, and that was in 1976, the second year of girls' basketball's return as a KHSAA varsity sport.