It’s been so far, so good for the Bethlehem Christian Academy varsity basketball teams.
Both the Knights and Lady Knights have earned two victories in their first two contests and last Friday’s wins came in the school’s new gymnasium. The BCA boys defeated Young Americans 49-35 in a competitive contest while the Lady Knights fended off Trinity Prep 39-21.
The 2-0 start has been especially gratifying for Lady Knights coach Karen Parker, who had praised her team members for strong offseason work and determination to improve this season on the court.
“This win was not pretty but we are beginning to do a lot of things better,” Parker said after Friday’s win. “We’ll get there.” The Lady Knights were paced Friday by a 21-point, five-rebound performance by senior Kara Maxwell. Bailey Brown added 12 points and a steal.
Catherine Doolittle scored two points and had three steals and two rebounds. Freshman Olivia Morgan scored four points and had five boards and two steals while Lindsey Price had a rebound and a steal.
The Lady Knights will have several days to fine tune some things before returning to the court on Tuesday, Dec. 1, against Atlanta Girls School on the road at 4 p.m.
The Lady Knights led Trinity Prep 10-4 after the first quarter last Friday and had moved in front 20-6 by halftime and 29-13 after the third quarter.
The BCA girls opened the new season on Nov. 17 with a 39-30 road win against North Georgia Christian School. Maxwell was the leading scorer in that game as well with 15 points while Bailey scored 10 and Bralyn Shepherd scored five.
Friday’s game between the BCA varsity boys and Young Americans had plenty of intensity from both sides. The intense nature of the game continued even after it was over with cooler heads eventually stepping in.
While the Knights held a seemingly commanding 32-15 lead after the third quarter, Young Americans made a push and was within 36-29 with 4:24 left.
The Knights would eventually take a 14-point win and the emotional and physical nature of the contest continued after the final buzzer as a few words were exchanged between some players.
Regardless, it was a solid overall effort by the Knights led by senior Jacon Parker’s 16 points and 17 rebounds.
Senior Jacob Walls had a strong home debut for the season with 13 points and three rebounds while Tristan Green finished with six points and six boards. Aaron Gano scored five points while Mark Rutland, playing in his BCA debut, scored four points and had four rebounds. Joey Parrillia finished with four points off the bench.
The Knights had a huge edge in rebounding over the Eagles 40-17.
BCA coach Mike Elmankabady said it was “special” to earn a win in the first game played in the school’s new gym.
The coach was appreciative for the students, parents and fans who turned out to give the Knights a true home court advantage.
The BCA varsity boys will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 3, against Westminster. Varsity action begins at 6 p.m.