Faced with a terrifying moment, both Bartlesville and Northeast girls basketball teams met in the middle of Putnam City's court, formed a circle and prayed together.
Bartlesville junior Rachel Behar had just suffered a seizure on the court, halting the Putnam City Invitational game Thursday night for nearly 30 minutes before she was taken to the hospital and rocking the tournament.
“Scariest thing I've ever been in and that's why we got so emotional,” Bartlesville junior Hailey Tucker said. “It's Rachel. Rachel is the funny girl that is weird and crazy. We'd never seen her like that before and it was one of the scariest moments of my life.”
Bartlesville recovered over the final 5:15 to pull out the 46-42 victory, but their attention remained on Behar following the game.
Bruins coach Terry Rogers said Behar was in stable condition. He also said it was her first seizure since the seventh grade, when she dealt with multiple seizures that eventually required surgery.
“I think our kids had a lot more to play for, not just a game, not just school but Rachel Behar, our teammate,” Rogers said. “I thought we played pretty well late.”
Northeast coach Londaryl Perry suggested the teams meet in the middle of the court and pray before 3 minutes was put on the clock for warm-ups to resume play.
“When the situation happened, I saw the girls' faces,” Perry said. “When I was looking at them, I was kind of taken back because that is something that happened with my brother and I know the severity of it.
“I just thought that would be the right thing to do because to me that game is not that important.”
At the time, Bartlesville led 38-35 and nearly squandered that lead when the Vikings quickly got within one. But Ali Nakvinda scored six points during an 8-0 run to seal the game.