Points from nine players. Assists on 10 baskets. Sixteen offensive rebounds.
They were all ingredients in the Bedford High School Buccaneers’ 30-point home victory Friday night over Cambridge Rindge & Latin School in girls’ basketball, 54-24.
But it was especially about the defense, from start to finish. And there’s a statistic for that too: the Falcons attempted 31 shots. They turned the ball over 40 times.
Now the Bucs, at 9-0 off to their best start in history, embark on perhaps their longest road trip ever. It was supposed to begin next Friday at Boston Latin, but interscholastic sports at all city schools aren’t scheduled to resume until Jan. 24, after a lengthy suspension because of escalating cases of Covid-19.
So in all probability, this will be a bye week and the Bucs will next play on Jan 25 at Concord-Carlisle. The girls won’t be back on their home court until Feb. 8.
They left their fans with something special to remember Friday, making it clear in the first quarter what this game was about. Bedford led after eight minutes, 11-2, a period in which the visitors attempted three shots and turned the ball over 14 times.
Midway through the second quarter, Cambridge had cut the lead by two. Then Bedford exploded on a 14-0 run, and led 31-10 at the break, putting the game away.
“The girls played a really mentally-tough game,” observed Head Coach Ashley Kepaa. “It was good for us to experience that kind of game.
On the night, Cambridge shot under 30 percent from the field, finishing with eight baskets. And four of them were from outside the arc, as the Falcons were swallowed by Buccaneers whenever they got close to the hoop.
Bedford exploited its height advantage all night long. Junior Marina Greaney (13 points) and senior Katherine Vaughan (12) combined outscored all of the Falcons. And Greaney assisted on five baskets, adding six rebounds and three steals.
Allie Zorn was four-for-four from the floor, Sydney Poor had five steals and three assists, and the four sophomores who came off the bench combined for 16 points, 12 rebounds, and seven steals.
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