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Streak ended

Bedford girls blaze past Memorial

Special to the Union leader

January 29. 2014 10:19PM
Bedford’s McKenzie Brown battles with Memorial’s Jenoyce Laniyan on Wednesday in Bedford. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

BEDFORD — Bedford scored its most points in a game this season and ended Memorial's six-game win streak with a 73-34 girls' basketball victory Monday.

The Bulldogs are still perfect at 9-0 while the Crusaders drop to 6-2.

Usually it's Bedford going on a game-opening tear but this time it was the Crusaders who opened with a 5-0 run.

But the Bulldogs quickly adjusted and responded with a 21-2 run of their own to lead 21-7 after one quarter.

"They (Memorial) came in with a lot of fire. They got off to a great start," said Bedford coach Sue Thomas. "But our girls figured out how to make it work and took it from there."

Bedford kept up its torrid scoring pace to go up 21 at the half, 41-20.

"We have some inexperienced girls who looked up at the scoreboard and freaked out, to be honest," said Memorial coach Maureen LaRoche.

"We didn't play our game tonight. We played Bedford's game" said LaRoche. "To beat a team like them you have to play mistake-free ball, and we did that for like 30 seconds."

Injuries took a toll for Memorial in the third when starters Jess Sweetser and Angelina Marazzi both appeared to injure ankles and left the game.

Sweetser and Marazzi returned. Meanwhile Bedford went out to a 57-28 lead after three.

"We have been working on playing complete games," said Thomas. "This was a complete game."

Five Bedford players scored double digits. Ali Glennon led with 13. Rachel Collins and Nikki Tucci both had 12.

Makenah Grisson led the Crusaders with 12 points. Jess Sweetser added eight.

Bedford shot 49 percent from the field and was 5 of 10 from 3-point range. The Bulldogs also had 24 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards.

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