YORK, Neb. — Bethany College’s women would have been better off with an intrasquad basketball scrimmage.
The Swedes basically faced no competition on Saturday in the second day of the York College Classic, as Oglala Lakota College, with only seven players, was no match for Bethany, which ran away and hid, 104-39.
Only two Swedes played half the game and they were reserves. Sydney DeLong led Bethany off the bench with 11 points and Leslie Caballero added 10.
Bethany led 54-23 at the half and then pummeled Oglala for a 31-7 third-quarter advantage.
“It was a great opportunity to get everyone into the game today," Bethany coach Brett Morehouse said. "We played a team that is short in numbers and was worn out from the night before. I am pleased with how our bench came in. They were very focused and executed our offense very well. We had several players who played significant varsity minutes for the first time and scored their career highs. We are especially pleased with sophomores Sydney DeLong and Ashley Rasmussen. I thought they were particularly sharp and took advantage of their opportunities. It was a great week going 2-0, but we know the work is ahead of us as we start conference next week."
The Swedes, now officially 2-3 on the year as they had to forfeit their earlier win over Doane for using an ineligible player, will face a polar opposite on Thursday when they open KCAC play at title contender and chief arch-rival Kansas Wesleyan.
• Oklahoma Baptist University men 69, Bethany 61 (exhibition) — This game didn’t count toward Bethany’s record since OBU is an NCAA Division II school, but Swede coach Clair Oleen certainly had to like how competitive his team was, especially missing All-American candidate Cody Harris, out with an injured ankle.
Bethany actually outscored the Bison 38-34 in the second half after being down by 12 at the half.
Jonathan Gidson scored 21 points to lead the Swedes and Gary Jones chipped in with 16. Bethany received only 13 points from its bench, eight of those by Mike Sanchez.
The Swedes begin KCAC play Thursday at Salina against bitter arch-rival Kansas Wesleyan.