Sports Talk

The Bedford fourth grade girls travel team continued its unblemished season with a pair of wins.

First it traveled to Derry and won a defensive contest 19-3. Baskets were hard to find, but Sophia LeGoullon led the way with six points and Lana McCarthy chipped in four. Kaelyn O’Neil scored three, while Taylor Guibord, Megan Muir and Sophia Douglas each added two.

Bedford beat Bow 30-8 the next day behind the stellar play of LeGoullon, who scored 10 points, and Lana McCarthy, who had 7. Defense ruled the day behind the tenacious play of Kamryn Schmitt, who pick-pocketed Bow dribblers. Rebecca Mello and Devlyn McDonald played big on the blocks and Libby Norris thwarted all point-play advances in an impressive win.

Bedford sixth grade travel upset the Litchfield 7th/8th grade squad in a closely contested defensive battle on Saturday evening, finishing on top 26-21. Julian Bell was clutch in breaking the press and put up 11 big points to lead all scorers. Caleigh O’Connell dominated the inside game defensively with three blocked shots and eight big rebounds to go with seven points in the winning effort. Catherine Penick had two big buckets late in the game to help seal the win.

The girls gave an impressive effort against a larger Hollis 7th-grade team pn Sunday, coming up short 38-29 at the final buzzer. Saphia Mumpini was good for eight to lead the team in points, while Kayla Ware and Fiona Gillis each contributed five. Julia Giroux and Julian Bell added four each, and Emma Kasyjanski and Caleigh O’Connell rounded out the scoring for the team.

3/4 grade

Mega-X fell to the first-place NH Eye Associates, 14-10, in a close battle throughout. NH Eye Associates out-rebounded Mega-X and pulled away in the final five minutes. Gabby Elchalfoun stood out for Mega-X with fantastic defense and added four points. Victoria Manniello showed off her aggressive defense from start to finish. Mega-X also couldn’t have kept the game as close as it was without the solid team play of Amaya Scott.

Kate Mikol led all scorers with 10. Kelseigh O’Neil and Elif Cakir each added four. Kailyn Plage and Erica Rice did a nice job moving the ball and Emily Lyons and Aubrey Beyer played tenacious defense.

Dental Arts of Bedford worked hard Saturday ending in a tied game 10-10 against BAC. The game was an amazing display of teamwork and great defense shown by both teams.

Dental Arts of Bedford was led by Anika Scott, scoring six points. Evelyn Rubin followed with four points with the help of Elena Doughty in assists.

5/6 grade

Bedford Natural Medicine defeated Sports Authority 18-8. For team Bedford Natural Medicine, Claire Crowther played excellent defense and forced four turnovers. Brie Cotnoir took over six shots during the game and dominated dribbling the length of the court. Sports Authority worked hard but could not overcome the fast start of their opponents. Maya Rao was a standout rebounder who also provided some nice interior passes and Maddy Antogoni showed excellent progress in her dribbling, making several good drives while keeping control of the ball.

Bedford Athletic Club defeated Cohen Investment Advisors 11-8. In a hard fought game that came down to the final minutes, BAC came out on top. Anna Putney led the scoring with 4 points while Bella Raduazo, Anna Caldwell and Hannah Dambach also added points to the board. Lena Raduazo played tenacious defense and helped create mulitple opportunities on fast breaks. Claire Kraemer’s "all in" attitude set the tone for the rest of team while Kate Brown’s tenacious defense and Erin McCarthy’s high-scoring four points kept Cohen Investment Advisors within reach until the final buzzer.

Small Green Computer defeated Kelly Interior Painting 25-15. Small Green Computer won a hard-fought game against Kelly Interior Painting. Great defense was played by all the girls, led by Elizabeth Chopra, who had numerous steals and rebounds. The offense was well balanced with all six girls scoring points. Standout sharpshooters were Julia Asadourian and Kendal Joyce with six points each.

7/8 grade

In an exciting defensive game, Nail Indulgence came out on top over BAP Personal Training, 13-12. Paige Adams hit a last-second halftime shot that propelled Nail Indugence to a lead that they never gave up. The winners were led by Lauren Gibson and Rachel Noble, who led Nail Indulgence in scoring. The highlight of the game for BAP was a strong end-of-game press that closed the deficit to one but they couldn’t get back all the way. Caroline O’Donnell, Katherine Sasso and Amelia Edwards supplied the offense and defensive intensity while Caroline Rankins was tough on the boards and on ball defense.

BFOR defeated SnapDragon 23-21 in another nail-biter that went down to the final moments of the game. Christina Braga came on strong with her best offensive game of the season, including a late put back that would become the deciding basket of the game. Kate Hirnak forced numerous turnovers locking down SnapDragon’s backcourt. SnapDragon was led by Olivia Stavropulos and Meghan Lang