BG edges Bedford for girls hoop title

MANCHESTER – Things didn’t heat up until the middle of the third quarter Saturday night, and top-seeded Bishop Guertin caught fire.

Sparking the flames were the duo of Abbi Field and Meghan Cramb, who helped put the Cardinals (21-1) over the top in a 35-31 victory over third-seeded Bedford (18-4) in the Division I girls basketball tournament final at Southern New Hampshire University.

The Cardinals outscored the Bulldogs for the first time all night in that third quarter. It was a 7-4 BG advantage that tied the game 22-22, thanks in large part to a free throw and two power moves into the lane by Field to close the quarter.

BG took the lead with a 6-0 run to open the fourth quarter, only to let Bedford right back in with a 7-1 run of it’s own to knot the game 29-29 with 1:27 to play in regulation.

Cramb took over from that point, scoring the final six points for BG, including a highlight reel poke check of the ball on the defensive end that she took coast to coast to put BG up 31-29. She followed that up going 4 for 4 from the line to ice the game.

Cramb finished the night with a game-high 14 points, while Field added seven and Caroline Hoffer chipped in with five.

Alexis Meservey scored 11 to lead the Bulldogs, who were without standout guard Brianna Purcell due to a back injury suffered after taking a charge with 1:45 to play in Bedford’s 30-28 semifinal win over Londonderry on Thursday night.