NHIAA Girls' Basketball: Bedford defense stops MemorialBy ROGER BROWN
New Hampshire Union Leader
February 08. 2018 11:46PM
BEDFORD — There’s still one undefeated high school team in Division I girls’ basketball, and that’s not good news for Manchester Memorial fans.
Bedford, which began the night at the top of the Division I standings with a 14-0 record, strengthened its hold on first place by handing Memorial a 47-23 loss Thursday.
The Bulldogs played stifling defense for most of the game and held Memorial to a total of seven points in the second and third quarters.
“Defense is my thing,” Bedford coach Sue Thomas said. “Defense wins you the game. Offense determines by how much.”
Bedford took control by scoring the final eight points of the first quarter and the first six points in the second. That turned a 10-5 deficit into a 19-10 lead.
Clare Driscoll led the Bedford offense with 10 points. Mia Roy, Allison Morgan and Allyson Fillion each finished with eight.
“We started off fine,” Memorial coach Greg Cotreau said. “The difference, I think, was we failed to continue to execute what was working for us. Coming in our thought was try to get to the basket and then look for the shot outside.”
Memorial, a team with several good perimeter shooters, didn’t make a 3-pointer in the loss.
Haleigh Shea scored 10 points for the Crusaders, but no one else had more than four.
“This team (Memorial) can shoot,” Thomas said. “We told the girls that no matter who comes into the game you have to respect the fact that they can make 3s. We did a good job of getting out on them.”
Memorial (12-2) led 10-5 after Shea made a jumper with 2:30 remaining in the opening quarter, but didn’t score again until there was 3:11 left in the first half. The Crusaders were held to four points in the second quarter and trailed 25-14 at halftime.
The Bedford defense continued to dominate in the third, when the Bulldogs outscored the Crusaders 14-3 to take a 39-17 lead into the final eight minutes.
It was the second loss in three games for Memorial, which entered the contest in sole possession of second place in the Division I standings. The Crusaders will play Bishop Guertin, last year’s Division I champion, Sunday (2:30 p.m.) in Manchester.
Bedford has three regular-season games remaining: at Nashua North (5-7), home against Pinkerton Academy (11-1) and at Winnacunnet (9-4).
“It took us a little while to get going on offense, but because they played such good defense it didn’t really matter,” Thomas said. “Everybody buckled down and played really good defense.”