The Bethlehem Christian Academy Lady Knights were as close to victory as a team could be Tuesday night.
Leading by a point with less than a second remaining, BCA was stunned after visiting Brandon Hall converted a layup as time expired for a 39-38 win. The Lady Knights took a 38-37 lead in the final seconds but saw Brandon Hall escape with the unlikely victory.
“When there’s that little time left, you figure you have a good chance to win,” said BCA coach Mike Elmankabady. “Despite losing we showed signs of getting better. To be in a game environment like that was good for us.”
Ravyn Harrison led BCA with 16 points while Sarah Beth Adams finished with 14. Kara Maxwell added six points for the Lady Knights.
The loss overshadowed a strong comeback attempt by BCA. Trailing 18-7 at halftime, the Lady Knights took control of the game’s momentum in the third quarter.
BCA continued its strong play in the fourth quarter and led by as many as seven points followed two baskets and two free throws by Adams on consecutive trips down the court.
Prior to Tuesday, the BCA Lady Knights opened the season with losses to Westminster (57-11) and Killian Hill (43-12.)
“We viewed the Westminster game as a scrimmage,” Elmankabady said. “Everyone played for us in both games. We have 11 players this season although one is out right now. We are more athletic and a better basketball team than a year ago but we are still learning. We are very young. I have two in the starting lineup who are playing their first games at all.”
The Lady Knights are back on the court Tuesday against Monsignor Donovan on the road at 6 p.m. in Athens.