BRADFORD – The Bradford Lady Railroaders defeated the visiting Houston Lady Wildcats 56-40 in a Saturday afternoon basketball game.
A slow start had Bradford trailing 5-0 after three minutes of play before the Lady Roaders would use 12 unanswered points to close out the opening quarter with eight of the points coming in the final 0:56 of the period and lead 12-5 after one complete.
“We struggled early offensively,” said Bradford coach Chris Besecker. “They are a pretty good half-court defensive team. You have to work to get good shots against them.”
The Lady Railroader pushed its second quarter lead to 22-11 only to have Houston close out scoring on a 9-1 run to trail 23-20 at the break.
“It was a three point game at halftime,” noted Besecker. “I can contribute it to mental mistakes down the stretch in the first half.”
Leading 33-25 at 2:12 in the third, Bradford’s Skipp Miller had to be helped off the court and would not return the remainder of the game.
The Lady Roaders ended the third with a 41-31 lead taking the quarter 18-11 over the visitors.
With 5’11” Bianca Keener whistled for her fourth foul at 3:53 in the fourth and Skipp Miller out of the game, the Lady Railroaders took the final period by a 15-9 score to secure the win.
“The second half we come out and got some things to go our way early,” said Besecker. “Our defense created some opportunities for us and we need that. We need our defense to score for us at times.”
“Our bench is going to have to step up more because I don’t know when we are going to get Skipp back,” added Coach Besecker. “The kids did step up in her absence.”
Bradford freshman, Austy Miller led Bradford and all scorers with a game high 24-points.
BRADFORD 56, HOUSTON 40
BRADFORD – A. Miller 24, B. Keener 9, E. Canan 6, S. Miller 6, C. Mead 6, A. Gade 5 – TOTALS 17 10-16 4 56
HOUSTON – J. Monnier 16, H. Voisard 9, A. White 6, A. Stangel 4, M. Booher 3, H. Riesenbeck 2 – TOTALS 8 9-13 5 40
Bradford 4 (A. Miller 2, A. Gade 1, C. Mead 1)
Houston 5 (A. White 2, H. Voisard 2, M. Booher 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
12-11-18-15 56 Bradford
05-15-11-09 40 Houston
PHOTO CAPTION: Austy Miller scores two of her game high 24 points for Bradford in win over Houston. (Gaylen Blosser photo)