By DAVID VANTRESS
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Few situations in basketball are more pressure-laden than being at the free throw in the closing seconds with the game on the line.
That was the situation Bethany Christian senior guard Laken Richer found herself in Tuesday night in the Bruins’ 2012-13 season opener against Jimtown: With 12.1 seconds remaining and the Bruins up 34-31 over the Jimmies, Richer calmly drained the front end of a one-and-one and then promptly made the second shot to give her team its winning margin in a 36-31 win over the Jimmies.
It’s the kind of situation Richer, as one of the team’s few seniors, could find herself in often this season.
She’s ready for the challenge.
“You just go up there and try not to think about not making it,” Richer said.
Bethany coach Krysten Parson was pleased to see her team get its first win in the opener.
Even if it wasn’t pretty.
“There were a lot of first-game issues,” Pearson said. “We’re not quite in shape yet.”
The Bruins (1-0) could never quite seem to get a decent amount of breathing room against the Jimmies (0-1). The two teams were knotted at 6 at the end of the first quarter. Bethany outscored Jimtown 10-2 in the second quarter to take the lead for good, and led by nine at the third stop.
Jimtown made a late run, cutting the Bethany advantage to three late.
Jimtown coach Gene Johnson said his young team did some good things, but played a bit scared early.
“We’re still pretty young,” Johnson said.
The Jimmies have no seniors.
Hanna Hochstetler led Bethany with 12 points. Jordan Helmuth had eight.
Ally Vicsik led all scorers with 14 points for Jimtown.
The Bruins travel to Culver Academy Friday night. Jimtown hosts Elkhart Christian next Tuesday night.