The Bedford High School girls’ basketball team won its first 14 games a year ago before an onslaught of injuries decimated the starting lineup.
Last month, the returning members of that team lost their first three games, each by double digits.
“It was difficult for them to adjust. I don’t think it was anything they expected,” said Head Coach Ashley Kepaa, whose Buccaneers have now won three straight games to even their record.
The most recent victory was at Stoughton High School last Friday, 52-48. The girls are scheduled to host Weston at 5:30pm p.m. on Tuesday.
The girls have been adjusting to losing three great leaders (Julia Dearing, Katharine Vaughan, and Allie Zorn – all 2022 graduates),” Kepaa said. “Now they are starting to get used to each other.”
They’re also getting used to being a much smaller but faster team, Kepaa said. “We have a strong emphasis on defense because we are small and fast. We’re working really hard on defensive stops that can convert to transition offense.”
“Our girls are aggressive, they communicate well with each other on defense,” she said. “Now it’s really about figuring out and clicking on offense.”
The two captains, Marina Greaney and Sydney Poor, and Isabelle Wilson are the only seniors on the roster. They are complemented by four experienced juniors: Cassie Morrison, Bridget Sheahan, and the team’s two biggest outside threats, Mackenzie and Madison Tierney.
“They’re starting to find their consistency, which was big for us in these last three wins,” Kepaa said.
“Building our younger bench is going to be critical over the next two weeks,” Kepaa added.
“All the girls are super dedicated, and they really worked hard to turn things around,” she stated. “They will continue to try to improve – they’re fighters.”