With less than two weeks to go until pairings are announced, Bedford High School winter sports teams are starting to think about the postseason.
Eligibility will be determined using a statewide mathematical formula called a power ranking, factoring in not only wins but also the strength of their schedule. The top 32 teams will compete for the state championship.
First, the Buccaneers have a few non-league contests plus a two-game tournament against other Dual County League teams.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced the latest power rankings on Thursday:
The BHS girls’ basketball team is 10th in Division 2, which would mean a home game in the opening round. Only Dracut has a better ranking among Division 2 teams north of Boston. The Bedford girls are now 14-1, losing for the first time on Wednesday at Newton South.
The boys are ranked 26th with a record of 10-6. Wednesday Bedford traveled to Abington High School and fell, 69-66. The Bucs have a record of 10-6, and all but one of the losses was by one or two possessions.
The boys’ hockey team, after beating Hamilton-Wenham on Wednesday 4-3, is ranked 15th, with six games to play.
The girls will have a chance to show their resilience Friday night at Tewksbury High School. Senior Katherine Vaughan, a team leader in scoring and rebounding, sustained a shoulder injury 11 seconds into the senior night game on Monday.
Head Coach Ashley Kepaa hopes that Vaughan will be back before the end of the regular season. Meanwhile, “It certainly took the air out of the girls when Katherine went down,” she said. “The girls really look up to her leadership and presence on the court.”
Junior Marina Greaney stepped up on Monday, scoring 22 points, including nine for 12 from the foul line. The Buccaneers eked out a 38-34 win over Lincoln-Sudbury.
But two nights later at Newton South, they fell behind by 17, then and battled back to trail by just two points. But the Bucs couldn’t quite climb back all the way. The game at Newton was a make-up; if not for Friday’s weather-related postponement, the match would have taken place five days earlier — with Vaughan in the lineup.
The boys are trying to break a three-game losing streak. Sophomore Camdyn Shoesmith led all Buccaneers at Abington with 21 points and nine rebounds. “Camdyn has certainly improved throughout the season,” said Head Coach Anthony Halls. “I try to empower him to play with confidence, play his game, and good things will happen.”
Wednesday’s loss was frustrating, as the Bucs ended the first half with a 39-30 advantage. But three minutes into the second half, the game was tied. Senior Max Aper finished with 14 points.
“The losses are tough, but hopefully we can learn, and these experiences can help us,” said Halls The team travels to Boston Latin Friday night.
The hockey win over Hamilton-Wenham was close. The Generals came back from a 2-0 deficit after early Bedford goals by James Lorusso and James Naylor.
In the third period, Lucas Tucker and Nick Tatarczuk scored less than a minute apart, and Bedford carried a two-goal lead into the final minute. Hamilton-Wenham scored with about 40 seconds remaining.
The Bucs play Friday night at Somerville, then Monday at Haverhill before the DCL tournament. Coach Brian Seabury said he is hoping the team can stay in the top 16 for the opening-round home game in the state tourney.
Next week’s DCL tournament is actually a set of mini-series, with the 11-team league tiered into segments by their records. After the first round of games, there will be winners’ and losers’ brackets in basketball.
Next week’s schedule offers games nearly every day:
- Monday, Feb. 14, boys’ basketball at home vs. Lincoln-Sudbury, 5 p.m.
- Tuesday, Feb. 15, boys’ hockey vs. Concord Carlisle at The Edge Sports Center, 8:45 p.m.
- Wednesday, Feb. 16, three games: girls’ basketball at home vs. Concord-Carlisle, 5 p.m.; boys’ hockey at Acton-Boxborough, 6:45 p.m.; boys’ basketball to be determined
- Friday, Feb. 18: girls’ basketball to be determined.
Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763