Riley Jensen, Essex

Essex sophomore Riley Jensen shoots during a loss to Bedford, Tuesday, Dec. 3.

ESSEX – The Essex Trojanettes gave up the game’s first eight points, one of several similar runs put up by Bedford during a 64-25 Bulldog victory, Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Field goals by Riley Jensen and Brianne Johnson followed Bedford’s initial run, but Bedford scored the next 17 points stretching into the second quarter and led 27-9 at halftime.

Essex’s best offensive stretch came in the last 3:11 of the third quarter when the Trojanettes put up 10 points, including 3-point shots from Johnson and Desi Glasgo. The score was 50-20 after three.

Sami York and Olivia Baker added baskets in the final quarter for the final margin as the Bulldogs extended the lead as high as 41.

The Trojanettes were missing two starters due to injury and first-year coach Rob Erickson had just seven athletes available. He said better times will come for his team.

“The passing killed us and you’re not going to win any games the way we shot the ball,” said Erickson. “Our free throws weren’t too bad, but we didn’t shoot enough of them. The kids played hard for four quarters.”

Jensen led the Trojanettes with eight points with Glasgo adding seven.

Defensively, the Bulldogs shot the ball well from the outside with Kennedy Weed putting in six triples to finish with a game-high 27 points. Erickson said the Bulldogs pulled down too many offensive rebounds as well.

“We were every bit as big as they were,” said Erickson, “but they were quicker than us. We’re not fast, so we have to make up for it with strength and putting our hands up.”

Bedford improved to 1-1 with the win. Essex dropped to 0-1 and will open Corner Conference play, Friday, Dec. 6 at Fremont-Mills.

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