Bedford girls aggressive in 65-39 win over Nashua North

BEDFORD – The Nashua High School North girls basketball team had to weather a storm against the defending Division I champions on Friday, Jan. 10.

The Bedford High School girls basketball team showed why it is one of the top teams in Division I by rolling to a fourth consecutive win in a 65-39 victory over the Titans.

The Bulldogs were aggressive out of the gates applying a full court press on North that contributed to a 10-0 early lead.

“It’s a game of waves,” North head coach Ricky Oliver said. “If you can handle the first storm, then the next storm is right around the corner so you’ve got to handle the first storm.”

After a much needed timeout called by Oliver, North simmered down and countered with an 8-6 point run into the first intermission to close the gap to eight points, but that was the closest it would come.

“We knew that (Bedford) was going to press us from the beginning so we were trying to get out momentum going and not worry too much how they were getting points,” said Adaeze Okorie. “We were trying to keep our heads in it.”

The Titans showed some promise with more quick drives to the basket before halftime, but failing to finish on a number of shots did them in while the Bulldogs continued to work the floor with fast break opportunities and clean swift passing within the arc that overwhelmed the Titans defense.

“We play in every situation and we just hope when the shots miss that we get the rebound,” Bedford head coach Sue Thomas said. “This was a much tougher game than the final score was.”

The Bulldogs spread out the wealth on offense with five of them piling up six points or more. McKenzie Brown led the way with 13 points, Haley Driscoll added 12 and Courtney Glennon accounted for nine.

“Our game plan is to run and press and hopefully wear the other team out,” Thomas said. “We’re pretty deep so I can keep putting people in.”

A concerning moment for the Bulldogs struck with 5:15 to spare in the half when senior forward Haley Driscoll took a fall straight backward onto the hardwood. Luckily, the tumble merely knocked the wind out of her and she returned immediately after the halftime break.

The latter half was a continuation of the action that the first half saw. The Titans struggled to jump on rebounds and turned the ball over leaving Bedford’s lead to climb as high as 31 points.

“We didn’t play our style of basketball, we played their style of basketball,” Oliver said.

Okorie accumulated 12 points for North, including the game’s only 3-pointer, Taylor Choate put forth 10 and Kara Upton and Emily Kendall pitched in five each.

Despite the lopsided result, Oliver did see persistence in his team that he hopes will carry on into the future.

“My kids are young,” he said. “(Bedford) plays relentlessly and we’re trying to learn to play relentlessly.”

The Bulldogs will try to keep their season rolling when they travel to Hudson to face Alvirne (2-1) today.