Halee Adams is back, and as good as ever.
Adams, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic's all-stater, returned to action Monday night and helped the Lady Marauders beat Penn Cambria, 60-40, in a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference Section 1 game at the Pleasant Valley gym.
Adams, who missed games last Thursday and Saturday after suffering a knee injury at Richland last Monday, contributed 14 points and five assists, but it was her second-half defense on Penn Cambria standout Kaitlyn Krug that had BG coach Mark Moschella grinning from ear-to-ear after the game.
Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski
BG’s Halee Adams works around the defense of Penn Cambria’s Megan Wheeler.
"Their point guard [Krug] is good," Moschella said. "She's quick and does a nice job running their offense. She caused a lot of problems for us in the first half."
Besides setting up her teammates, Krug also hit three 3-point ers and kept the Panthers in the ballgame. They trailed by eight, 32-24, at intermission.
"We did a lot better job slowing her down and containing her the second half," Moschella said, "which enabled us to play a lot better. We were able to rebound a lot better, too, because of our defense."
Guilfoyle scored 28 second-half points and held Penn Cambria to only 16, which turned a close game into a rout. Krug finished the game with 17 points, but was held in check when guarded by Adams.
"We were switching on picks [in the first half]," Moschella noted, "so, when they were setting ball picks, we didn't always have the same person on her. That's the adjustment we made at halftime. We thought it would be good for Halee to come back, test herself and get the rust out.
"She didn't have any rust, though," Moschella added, smiling.
Adams was happy to be back in uniform.
"It feels amazing," Adams said. "I just came back and played the part, I guess. That's all I can say."
As for her defense on Krug, Adams noted: "She's so quick. [Coach Moschella] told me I did pretty well, so that was the test [for my knee] to see how well I could do because she's a very good ballplayer.
"Coach said he wanted better defense, and that's our competitive nature. We didn't want them to score at all."
Moschella also credited the defense of Kristen Miller, who helped limit 6-foot Megan Wheeler to only three points.
"I thought Kristen did a nice job against Wheeler in the post," Moschella said. "[Wheeler] played a good game against us in the first game and is having a nice season. Kristen just did a good job on her tonight."
Penn Cambria coach Rodger Fair also credited BG's defense with the second-half difference.
"The third quarter, we turned it over four or five times," Fair said, "and then [Kayla] Bates and [Devin] Stessney, on that dribble-drive, put those little floaters up.
"They have five guards out there and our two guards don't match up with their size," he said, "and sooner or later, it shows."
Fair said his team had more offensive production in the first meeting between the two.
"We did, and it took them out of man defense," he said. "They had to go zone the second half the first time we played. Tonight, we didn't get those shots to fall and when you get down big against them, they're awfully good when they get double-digit leads."
Bates led BG with 16 points. Adams notched 14, Stessney 13 and Brittany Boslet eight.
"We had great balanced scoring," Moschella said. "We had good inside and good outside tonight, and that's what we need. Balanced scoring is important for us."
The Marauders host Bishop Carroll on Thursday while Penn Cambria plays Forest Hills on Thursday.
"Playing those two [BG and Forest Hills] just toughens you up for the playoffs in Double-A," Fair said.
PENN CAMBRIA (40): Mulhern 3 0-0 7, Roberts 2 0-0 5, Krug 6 2-2 17, Shingler 3 2-2 8, Wheeler 1 1-2 3, Vincent 0 0-0 0, Strittmatter 0 0-0 0, Little 0 0-0 0. Totals - 15 5-6 40.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (60): Ehredt 1 0-0 2, Bates 6 2-2 16, Boslet 2 2-2 8, Stessney 5 2-2 13, Miller 2 0-0 4, H. Adams 6 2-2 14, Craig 1 1-3 3, McGhee 0 0-0 0, Luciano 0 0-0 0, E. Adams 0 0-0 0. Totals - 23 9-11 60.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Penn Cambria12 12 7 9 - 40
Bishop Guilfoyle18 14 15 13 - 60
3-point goals: Penn Cambria 5 (Krug 3, Mulhern, Roberts); Bishop Guilfoyle 5 (Bates 2, Boslet 2, Stessney).
Officials: Larry Stitt,Tim Hite, Doug Moore.
Records: Penn Cambria (10-7 overall, 3-3 LHAC Sec. 1); Bishop Guilfoyle (16-1 overall, 6-0 LHAC Sec. 1).
JV: Bishop Guilfoyle, 35-15. High scorer-Marina Scipioni, BG, 9.