Following nods on the All-Crossroads League teams, Bethel's Savannah Bley and Madison Schrock have landed a second set of honors from the NCCAA North Central Region. Bley receives the region's top honor by being the North Central Regional Player of the Year and Schrock joins Bley as a First Team All-Region selection.
Bley, a 6'1 senior from Nappanee, came to life in the second half of the Lady Pilots' season to help reverse the squad's slow start to a berth into the 2017 Crossroads League Postseason Tournament. This season, Bley averaged 14.9 points per contest while shooting the ball at a blistering 63.0 percent rate. However, during league play, those highly respectable numbers climbed to 16.22 points per night at a 65.6 percent clip. Bley also played a key role in the Lady Pilots being ranked second in the country in total rebounds allowed per contest by snagging 9.62 boards throughout the season and 9.94 per outing during the 18-game league schedule. Along with leading the team in points, field-goal percentage and rebounds, Bley also led the squad with 31 steals. Heading into the postseason, Bley led the team and the league with 15 double-doubles and picked up her 16th in the final game of her career with a 10-point and 10-rebound performance against Saint Francis. Bley etched her name into the Lady Pilots' record book as the 19th member of the Lady Pilots' 500 career rebounds club and landed in 15th place on the all-time list after just two years with 542 in 58 career games. Bley also finishes her career as the program record holder for career field-goal percentage (57.9 percent) and moves into second for field-goal percentage in a single season (63.0 percent).
Bley is the first Lady Pilot to be named the North Central's Player of the Year since 2013 when Laura Johnson collected the title. She also becomes just the fifth player in program history to nab the honor following Chasity Zellers ('04), Natalie Young ('07 & '08), Amber Peters ('09) and Johnson ('13).
Schrock, a 5'7" sharpshooter from Northridge, landed her spot on the postseason honors list by dropping in 13.10 points per outing. Ranking 13th in the league in points per game at the end of the regular season, Schrock led the league in made three-point field goals by knocking down 66 from long range, which came at a 40.7 percent clip. Her high-percentage scoring was also on display all season long from the charity stripe where she connected on 98 of her 107 attempts to give her a 91.6 success rate. Her 91.6 percent efficiency rate is not only the second highest in the league but also third best in the NAIA. Already featured in the Lady Pilots' record book in four categories following her junior campaign, Schrock became the 22nd member of the Lady Pilots' 1,000-point club this February and climbed into the 17th position on the all-time scoring list with 1,083 total points. Schrock will graduate as the Lady Pilots' all-time record holder for career free-throw percentage having knocked down 198 of her 212 attempts in the past three seasons, bringing her career percentage to 93.4 percent. Heading into the 2016-17 season, Schrock held the Lady Pilots' single season free-throw percentage record (95.2 percent); this season, she put her name on that list for a second time, taking over the number two position with her 91.6 percent performance from the line.
The Bethel College Pilots compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. While accumulating 3 NAIA National Championships and 32 NCCAA National Championships by 10 different athletic teams, Bethel has also produced 143 NAIA All-American honors and 309 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors over the past decade. Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 70 areas of study. Connect with Bethel Athletics online at BethelCollegePilots.com or via Facebook, Twitter (@Bethel_Sports) and Instagram (@BethelPilots).