NHIAA Basketball: Bedford girls breeze past SalemBy HARRY KOZLOWSKI
Special to the Union Leader
February 07. 2014 10:18PM
BEDFORD — The Bedford High girls’ basketball team stayed unbeaten on Friday night, building a 25-point halftime lead en route to an 82-49 drubbing of Salem.
Bedford (12-0 in Division I) ended a four-game win streak for Salem (6-4).
Bedford was led by Bri Purcell and Nikki Tucci with 16 points each. Ali Glennon had 14 and Haley Driscoll ahd 10.
Emily Hickey led the Blue Devils with 13 points, including three 3-pointers, all in the first half. Amanda Bickford added 10. Montana Davis hit three 3’s in the fourth quarter for nine points.
Bedford’s trademark all season is a swarming defense, forcing turnovers and turning them into points. The Bulldogs’ defense was at it again on Friday night.
“We came in hoping not to play into Bedford’s game,” said Salem coach Michaela Galvin. “Our girls played hard and shot well from the outside but it wasn’t enough.”
Purcell had nine of Bedford’s 19 steals.
“I try to read the eyes of players, try to read where the play is going,” said Purcell. “I’m actually more of a defensive player.”
“Bri was something special tonight,” said Bedford coach Sue Thomas. “Tonight she was fun to watch. I was really enjoying watching her.”