HOLLIDAYSBURG - Hollidaysburg's Alex Gildea is a difficult matchup for most teams, but she proved particularly troublesome for Bishop Carroll Friday night.
In her final game at the HAHS gym, the 5-foot-9 forward poured in 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Hollidaysburg celebrated senior night with a 74-32 win over Bishop Carroll.
Fellow senior Rachel McClain scored 15 points in the 42-point win.
"It was a lot of fun," Gildea said about senior night. "It was very emotional knowing this was my last home game, but we're really looking forward to moving on to the playoffs."
Hollidaysburg finished the regular season at 14-8. The Lady Tigers play Tyrone for the District 6 AAA championship. The date and site have yet to be determined.
"We'll have well over a week to wait for that game. We'll get refocused, reenergized and go from there," Hollidaysburg coach Deanna Jubeck said.
"We'll spend a lot of time in the gym preparing and fine-tuning our game," Gildea added.
Bishop Carroll's regular season ended at 8-14. The Lady Huskies play Blacklick Valley 6 p.m. Monday at Richland High School in the opening round of the District 6 Class A playoffs. The winner of that game advances to play top-seeded Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic.
"We match up well with Blacklick Valley. We're both scoring about the same amount of points per game," Bishop Carroll coach Dan Sammarco said. "A game against a good team like Hollidaysburg this time of year is good preparation for the playoffs."
Bishop Carroll stayed close to Hollidaysburg in the first half. Janelle Gueguen's 3-pointer just before halftime pulled the Lady Huskies to within 28-19 at the break.
Maude Lallemand opened the second half with a lay-in, trimming the deficit to seven, but that was as close as Bishop Carroll got the rest of the game. Hollidaysburg outscored BC, 46-11, the rest of the way.
Susie Ellis and Morgan Griffith had 11 points apiece for Hollidaysburg. Krista Krug led Bishop Carroll with seven points and six rebounds.
The biggest cheer didn't come until late in the game, however. The Hollidaysburg bench erupted when senior reserve Ashley O'Donald drained a 3-pointer from near top of the key.
Morgan Uzmack, another senior reserve, followed with a pair of free throws to the delight of the Hollidaysburg bench as well.
"Morgan Uzmack and Ashley O'Donald have practiced hard all year. They've practiced hard for three years," Jubeck said. "All these kids work hard. It's important they have some success when in they go in."
BISHOP CARROLL (32): Wyland 1 1-3 3, D. Link 2 0-0 4, K. Krug 3 1-1 7, Mau. Lallemand 2 1-2 5, Farabaugh 1 1-2 3, A. Link 1 0-0 2, H. Krug 0 0-0 0, Mento 2 0-0 5, Gueguen 1 0-0 3, Mag. Lallemand 0 0-0 0. Totals - 13 4-8 32.
HOLLIDAYSBURG (74): Gildea 9 4-5 23, R. McClain 6 2-2 15, Mercer 1 3-4 5, Uzmack 0 2-2 2, O'Donald 1 0-0 3, Ellis 3 3-3 11, Griffith 5 1-2 11, Muir 1 0-0 2, Storm 0 2-2 2, Tomassetti 0 0-0 0, A. McClain 0 0-0 0. Totals - 26 17-20 74.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop Carroll10 9 10 3 - 32
Hollidaysburg16 12 20 26 - 74
3-point goals: Bishop Carroll 2 (Mento, Gueguen); Hollidaysburg 5 (Ellis 2, Gildea, O'Donald, R. McClain).
Records: Bishop Carroll (8-14); Hollidaysburg (14-8).
Officials: Gary Zimmerman, Mike Andrews, Dick Wagner.
JV: Hollidaysburg, 64-29. High scorers-Krug, BC, 12; Davis, H, 14.