PATTON - Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic coach Mark Moschella is not about to dust off a spot in the trophy case for a sixth successive District 6 Class A girls basketball championship.
With five games left in the regular season, he knows the Lady Marauders have some tweaking to do before they can start taking aim at the school's seventh district title since the start of the millennium.
"I just think sometimes [we need to show] patience a little bit in our offense," Moschella said after Guilfoyle breezed to a 67-35 victory Wednesday over pink-clad Cambria Heights in a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference game that doubled as a Breast Cancer Awareness event. "At times we've got to find the people on the open floor. You're always looking to improve in the different areas. But I know the kids are working awfully hard at practice, and they're not getting complacent."
"Bishop Guilfoyle's a very good team," Cambria Heights coach Tracy Neff said. "[They're] well-disciplined and well-coached."
The Lady Marauders hope to learn before Friday's game against Central Cambria whether Courtney Becker will be available. Becker left the game just 2:22 after the opening tip-off after she suffered an apparent head injury from a collision with Cambria Heights' Kara Cordell.
"Just as a precaution we want to always make sure that she's OK," he said, "and, hopefully, it was just a bump and, hopefully, she'll be able to come back for next week's games."
Moschella admitted to not knowing whether Becker showed any signs that might suggest a concussion.
"We listened to the trainers and she'll get it checked. And, hopefully, all the signs are good and she'll be ready for next week," he said.
Lindsey Kosicki came off the bench and became the only Highlander to achieve double-figure scoring. The junior totaled 11 points and nine rebounds.
"We're trying to put a lot [or responsibility] on her now," Neff said. "[We're] trying to get her scoring inside. So we try to get her the ball as much as we can."
Bishop Guilfoyle darted to a 17-0 lead after limiting Cambria Heights to 0-for-7 from the field. Cordell's jump hook at the 7:31 mark of the second quarter broke the scoring drought. And the Highlanders stayed with the visitors through the middle periods.
"I told the girls, 'We need to play four quarters, not just two,' " Neff said. "And those [other] two quarters got away from us; and it showed at the end."
Moschella admitted there is a risk of playing down to the level of competition once a team attains a big lead.
"We talked about that at halftime," he said. "We want the girls to come out and play at their level of basketball. We strive for that."
The Marauders' Kayla Bates led all scorers with 21 points. Devin Stessney added 15 points, followed by Elyssa Ehredt (11 points).
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (67): Ehredt 4 3-4 11, Bates 7 4-5 21, Meck 3 1-1 7, Stessney 4 4-4 15, Becker 1 0-0 2, Bender 1 0-0 3, Adams 3 2-2 8, Totals: 23 14-16 67.
CAMBRIA HEIGHTS (35): Short 1 0-0 2, Cordell 2 0-0 4, Bills 2 0-0 6, Henry 2 1-2 5, Snedden 1 1-2 3, Weaver 1 2-2 4, Kosicki 5 0-0 11, Totals: 14 4-6 35.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop Guilfoyle17 18 11 25 - 67
Cambria Heights0 14 13 8 - 35
3-point field goals: Bishop Guilfoyle 7 (Bates 3, Stessney 3, Bender), Cambria Heights 3 (Bills 2, Kosicki).
Officials: Mike Felus, Bill Zamboni, Mike McDermott.
Records: Bishop Guilfoyle (6-1, 6-0 LHAC), Cambria Heights (6-11, 3-10 LHAC).
JV: Bishop Guilfoyle, 35-22.