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Asbell honored in Maranatha girls hoops senior night loss to Barstow

Maranatha Christian Academy senior Blythe Asbell (middle, No. 10) emerges out of a pack for a loose ball against Barstow in the 56-18 loss to the Knights, Friday. Asbell scored six points and pulled down four rebounds on her senior night. Enlarge photo

February 19, 2016

A 0-18 start to her senior season is not exactly what Maranatha Christian Academy girls basketball Blythe Asbell had hoped for, but she has not let the results on the scoreboard get in the way of enjoying her final year with the Eagles.

Asbell was the lone Eagle recognized before the game for Maranatha's senior night, and scored six points on 3-of-6 shooting in a 56-18 loss to Barstow, Friday.

"She's all heart, 100 mph every second she's out there," Maranatha coach Ben Keech said. "Every ounce of everything she has is there for everyone to see, and everybody appreciates that."

Asbell was also honored after the game for being a two-time state medalist in tennis, and is going to play collegiately next year at Taylor University – an NAIA school in Upland, Indiana.

Keech noted that Asbell's quickness from the tennis court translates over to the hardwood, but her character is what has been her biggest attribute to the team in her two years with the Eagles.

"She's been a role model from the first practice to tonight," Keech said. "The girls look up to her, and she's setting the future for future Maranatha teams of what a senior leader should be."

With seven of the 10 players on the varsity roster being freshmen or sophomores, Asbell said that this year's team has been a lot different than last year, but she has enjoyed leading the transition of the program.

"Last year, we had a lot better of a team, but this team has had a lot more heart," Asbell said. "I feel like we have worked a lot harder, and they really cared about one another a lot more, so that was cool. That was a big thing."

One of the sophomores who stepped up for the Eagles on Friday was center Maggie Friesen. The Maranatha center led the team with nine points, but Keech was more proud of Friesen's effort defensively.

"The 6-footer from Barstow (Kate Walsworth) gives her a good matchup, and she was up for the challenge," Keech said. "She wanted the basketball, and she did good things when she got it."

Walsworth led all scorers with 14 points as the Knights clinched a Crossroads Conference championship.

Next up for the Eagles is a matchup against Kansas City Christian on Tuesday.

"We're playing our rival – Kansas City Christian," Keech said. "That's Missouri-Kansas, that's Auburn-Alabama, so trust me – the girls will be ready to play that game."

Barstow (56)

Samantha Matula 0-1 0-0 0, Brooklynn Arment 0-2 0-0 0, Charnai Anderson 2-8 3-4 7, Lauren Bernard 2-7 0-0 6, Caroline Adkins 2-5 0-0 5, Grace Dockhorn 0-2 2-2 2, Kaitlin Carpenter 1-4 1-1 3, Kate Walsworth 5-8 4-6 14, Jillian Gillen 2-4 1-2 5, Abby Krause 2-6 1-1 5, Charnise Anderson 1-4 0-2 2, Caroline Rock 1-2 0-0 2, Elizabeth Ellis 2-3 1-2 5. Totals 20-56 13-20 56.

Maranatha (18)

Blythe Asbell 3-6 0-1 6, Alyssa Buettner 0-1 0-0 0, Meggie Abebe 0-0 0-0 0, Allison Dighton 0-3 0-0 0, Morgan Wilcox 0-1 1-2 1, Natalie Rehfeld 0-0 0-0 0, Shelby Adcock 1-6 0-0 2, Jina Kim 0-1 0-0 0, Emma Prowell 0-0 0-0 0, Maggie Friesen 3-6 3-10 9. Totals 7-24 4-14 18.

Bartsow 19 14 17 6 – 56

Maranatha 4 6 6 2 – 18

Three-point goals: Barstow 3-15 (Bernard 2, Adkins); Maranatha 0-6. Turnovers: Barstow 12, Maranatha 21.

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