East Union 30
AFTON — The East Union girls stayed competitive with top-ranked Bedford through the first half here on Tuesday, before the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half by forcing turnovers and knocking down 3-pointers.
East Union fell to 2-5 with the loss, while Bedford improved to 7-0.
The Eagles held a 9-8 advantage after the first quarter, and trailed just 24-16 heading into the half. But, the Bulldogs outscored East Union 28-14 in the second half to secure the victory.
“We came out with the mindset we could play with and beat the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs, and for a little while, we were able to do that,” East Union head coach Matt Delger said. “We slowed the game down and tried to play smart, patient basketball. As the game went on, Bedford’s talent prevailed as they were able to cause some turnovers for easy layups and hit six 3-pointers.
“Bedford has a lot of talent and shoots very well. We played right with them for a while, but they have the ability to blow a game wide open pretty quick. I thought we played about the best we have played all season. The final score may not show it, but when we were only down eight at the half with an opportunity to keep the game close, I was very pleased with my girls.”
Dusti Carlisle led the Eagles with 11 points and six steals, while Kelsey Hoff added 10 points with seven rebounds. Brittany Malone contributed six points, while Rochelle Means finished with three points and nine rebounds.