The Bedford High School Buccaneers, riding a 10-0 record, travel to Concord-Carlisle on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. girls’ basketball showdown. The Patriots, who most recently defeated Weston, have 10 seniors on their roster.
The Buccaneers tuned up for Tuesday’s game with a statement second half, resulting in a 50-37 triumph at Boston Latin School.
Playing against a defense geared to stopping second-chance points, the Bucs emerged at halftime with a slim 27-23 lead.
Bedford turned up the defense in the second half, outscoring the Wolfpack, 23-14, and holding Latin to five points in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Cassie Morrison successfully defended the Wolfpack’s career 1,000-point scorer Emelia O’Gilvie, who managed only 10 points, “and she really had to work hard for every one of them,” said BHS Head Coach Ashley Kepaa.
“Leadership from Sydney Poor was crucial,” said Kepaa. The junior point guard, who led Buccaner scorers with 12, “kept good pace, controlled the floor, and had great distribution of the ball.”
That was evidenced by the balanced scoring, including Allie Zorn (ten), Julia Dearing (nine), Morrison (eight), Katherine Vaughn (six), and Bridget Shahan (five). Dearing took six three-point shots and converted three of them, helping shift the momentum.
Bedford beat the Wolfpack without junior standout Marina Greaney, who is nursing a knee injury and is day-to-day, the coach said.
Kepaa applauded the team’s efforts since the season began more than six weeks ago as they “continue to build skills on an individual basis.” She said Zorn is a prime example—“She pushes herself in practice and it’s elevating her game. She is significantly improving as a player,” which is especially impressive for a senior, Kepaa said.
Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763