Eagles suffer first loss

Published 12:48 pm Wednesday, December 14, 2011

ASKEWVILLE – Bethel Christian Academy suffered its first loss of the season Saturday.

The Lady Eagles dropped a 51-43 decision to Halifax Academy in the championship game of the Eric Baggett Tournament a day after they defeated Trinity Christian 36-27.

Bethel improved to 6-0 in the opening round of the tournament thanks in large part to a 14-point performance from senior Elizabeth Farmer.

The Eagles led 11-5 after one quarter and each team scored 10 points in the second period to send Bethel into the locker room up 21-15.

Trinity came back with an eight-point third quarter while holding the home team to just five as they closed the gap to 26-23.

The home team pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Trinity 10-4 to secure the victory.

In addition to Farmer’s 14, the Lady Eagles got eight points and seven boards from Kelsie Conner while Jessica Howerton recorded 13 rebounds to go with six points.

Charitee Dunlow had four points and six boards while Alyssa Fairless scored two points and had four steals. Kristen Adams rounded out the scoring with two points.

In the championship contest, the Eagles fell behind early and could never recover. Halifax outscored Bethel 12-10 in the first quarter, but the Eagles scored seven while holding the Vikings to six in the second period.

Halifax led 18-17 at halftime.

The Vikings added to their cushion in the third quarter, coming out ahead 28-25. They finished the win with a 23-18 fourth quarter.

Conner led the way for the Eagles with 15 points and nine rebounds while Farmer had 10 points. Dunlow added eight points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Adams scored four points while Fairless added one.

The Eagles dropped to 6-1 for the season.