It’s Back on the Bus for Girls’ Basketball Team

January 8, 2024

It’s right back on the road for the 4-1 Bedford High School girls’ basketball team. After winning their first four games away, the Bucs hosted Lincoln-Sudbury last Friday, then travel again this week to two Dual County League opponents: Concord-Carlisle on Tuesday evening and Wayland on Friday.

Last week’s 49-48 loss to L-S was a game of second-half runs that was decided from the foul line in the last minute.

At halftime, the score was tied at 20. The Warriors converted eight of 13 shots in the third period, then added three straight baskets in the first 63 seconds of the fourth quarter to lead by a dozen, 47-35.

And that was Lincoln-Sudbury’s final basket, as Bedford’s defensive intensity and good shot selection slowly but surely erased that lead. 

“That showed me that the way we play, we are never out of it,” said Head Coach Jim DeBenedictis. “We are resilient and play with tenacity.”

Following a three-point basket by Mackenzie Tierney, freshman Ashley Cohen tied the game at 47 with 3:10 remaining. For the rest of the game, each team turned the ball over three times. Bridget Sheahan’s free throw at 1:44 gave the Bucs their first lead of the second half, but with 30 seconds to play, L-S’ Alice Wallerstein sank two from the line for what turned out to be the winning margin.

L-S was economic, shooting 17-for-32. Bedford had two more baskets, but the Bucs were outscored 11-4 from the foul line. The Warriors turned the ball over 24 times, eight in the fourth quarter, but dominated the boards, 29-16. 

Cohen finished with 13 points and Tierney scored 10. Sheahan was in early foul trouble and only attempted two shots in the first half, adding eight in the second half.

Of the 4-1 Bucs, Coach DeBenedictis said, “We are never out of it.” Photo by Charlotte Dreyfus
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