It was only a week ago that Halee Adams returned from her second knee injury in the last year.
After two games, it looks like she's picked up right where she left off.
Adams came off the bench Thursday night to lead all scorers with 27 points as Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic defeated Bishop McCort, 56-38, at the Pleasant Valley Gymnasium in a Laurel Highlands Athletic Confer-ence girls basketball game.
"When Halee comes in, she makes everyone around her better," Lady Marauder coach Mark Moschella said. "It was a great spark that Halee gave us when were able to get her in and use her effectively."
The first quarter started as a defensive affair as only the Lady Marauders were successful in scoring, thanks to a jump shot by Kayla Bates. Both offenses errupted at the six-minute mark as BG took a 13-9 lead after one period. Bates finished with 11 points.
"It's what I expected," Moschella said. "One of the strengths of the Bishop McCort basketball team is their defense."
In the second, Adams scored 10 points. Her efforts led Bishop Guilfoyle on a 14-4 run, which allowed the team to take a 27-13 lead at halftime.
"I think that Coach Moschella really made me feel like I was still a big part of the team," Adams said. "I just practiced really hard during my off time, and it's paying off."
Moschella couldn't have been happier with her progress.
"She is getting stronger mentally knowing that things are going well for her," he said.
Lady Crushers' coach John Hahn had high praise for Adams.
"She killed us down low. She moved the ball well, she scored well, we just couldn't match up," he said.
Moschella had high remarks for Kate Meck, who took over for Courtney Becker after she got into foul trouble in the second quarter. Meck caused problems for Bishop McCort's Larissa Swank and Jill Kegg, who both managed to score 11 points to lead the Lady Crushers.
"I thought that Kate Meck was the unsung hero during that stretch, and I thought she did a great job," he said. "We did a switch and moved her over on Swank and thought she did an extremely great job on her."
The Lady Marauders (14-1) pulled away in the third quarter as Elyssa Ehredt took a rebound to the opposite end for a lay-up with just over three minutes to play.
Moschella is looking forward to the rest of the Lady Marauder season knowing the playoffs are on the horizon and keeping in mind that there is still some regular season basketball to be played.
"We just got to be good in every facet," Moschella said. "Foul shooting isn't something we did very well tonight, and going into the playoffs, everything has to click."
The Lady Marauders, now 14-1, will travel to Johnstown to meet the Trojans on Friday.
BISHOP MCCORT (38): Sheridan 1 0-0 3, Kegg 4 2-2 11, Bridges 1 0-0 2, Swank 4 3-3 11, Herbal 3 0-0 6, Krouse 0 0-0 0, Burkhart 1 0-0 2, Barbin 1 0-2 3. Totals - 15 5-7 38.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (56): Ehredt 2 1-2 5, Bates 5 1-1 11, Stessney 0 1-4 1, Meck 2 3-3 7, Becker 2 1-5 5, Adams 11 4-4 27, Boslet 0 0-0 0, Bender 0 0-0 0. Totals - 22 11-19 56.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop McCort9 4 8 17 - 38
Bishop Guilfoyle13 14 12 17 - 56
3-point goals: Bishop McCort 2 (Sheridan, Kegg); Bishop Guilfoyle 1 (Adams).
Records: Bishop McCort (7-6); Bishop Guilfoyle (14-1).
Referees: Dan Middleton, Vicki Markicwiz, Brad Eckenroth
JV: Bishop Guilfoyle, 35-27. High scorers-Leigh Burkhart, BM 10; Kristen Miller, BG, 12.