The Bethel College women’s basketball season came to an end on Tuesday, Feb. 21 when the Lady Pilots lost to Saint Francis 80-63 in the opening round of the Crossroads league Tournament. Bethel finished the season with an overall record of 10-21 and a Crossroads league record of 7-11. Those are not great records, but when you consider that the team started the season with losses in its first 12 games, it’s a pretty good turnaround. After going 0-12 the Lady Pilots went 10-9 overall and 7-7 in Crossroads League play. That 0-12 start included an 0-4 start in league games.
This was the first year for coach Eric Gingerich, and given the start to the season, you would have to call this year a success. The lady Pilots will have a foundation to build on, but they also lose their best player, Savannah Bley, to graduation. Bley had 16 double-doubles this year and led the team in scoring, averaging just under 15 points a game. The team’s second leading scorer, Madison Schrock, will also graduate. Schrock averaged 13 points a game and was the team’s best 3-point shooter.