The Bedford girls basketball team celebrated its Senior Night with a 19-point run in the first quarter to topple LHAC foe Somerset, 59-34, Wednesday night.
The Lady Bisons started off slow and did not score a point in the first two and a half minutes, but they only trailed 3-0.
Bedford turned up its defensive intensity and the offense followed with a 19-0 run over the final 5:23 of the first quarter to take control of the game and coast to the easy win.
The Lady Bisons are known for their outside shooting, but the local team took a different approach by getting to the rim for lay-ups and high-percentage shots. Bedford did not make a three-pointer in that opening-period run.
“The three-pointer is a low percentage shot, and we are wanting to take better shots,” said Bedford coach Mark Dillow. “We have been in so many games with good teams, but we have made some poor choices of shots late in the game.”
The Bedford defense caused a lot of turnovers in the first quarter, leading to those high-percentage shots. Lindsay Shuke had four lay-ups in that big run, while sister Josie Shuke had a lay-up and an offensive rebound with a putback for four points. Taylor Downs also had four points in that 19-0 run.
Somerset went over six minutes without a point and over seven without a field goal, but the Lady Golden Eagles got some offense in the second quarter.
However, the Lady Bisons still outscored them, 16-13, to take a 35-16 lead at the half. Natalie Lippincott hit two threes for the Lady Bisons in that second quarter, while Amber Thomas added five points.
Lindsay Shuke did get her lone three of the game in that second quarter, but Dillow was impressed with how the senior has adapted her game toward the end of the year.
“She is quick and strong, and she has put another aspect of her game together as she is driving to the hole,” Dillow added.
In the third quarter, Somerset got the lead down to 16, but two baskets by Brown over the final two minutes of the quarter pushed the Bedford lead to 20, 45-25, heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Bisons went on for the 25-point victory, 59-34.
The seniors led that way with Lindsay Shuke hitting for 18 with Thomas adding 10. Brown hit for eight, while Emmi Hagenbuch scored four. The other senior is Leah Davidson, whose defense helped key many of the Lady Bisons’ steals.
“These seniors are bunch of good kids,” Dillow added.
Nina Rascona paced the Lady Golden Eagles with nine points
Bedford will play at Cambria Heights on Friday and at Greater Johnstown on Saturday.
BEDFORD 59, SOMERSET 34