LORETTO - While the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic girls' basketball team came out strong offensively against Portage in Friday's District 6 Class A championship game, its early defensive effort may have been more effective.
The Lady Marauders held the Lady Mustangs to just four first-quarter points, holding Portage's 6-foot-1 forward, and leading scorer, Olivia McCabe scoreless in the frame, as they won their seventh straight district championship game, 61-36, at St. Francis University's DeGol Arena.
"[Olivia] McCabe is a great player," Bishop Guilfoyle coach Mark Moschella said. "Our kids aren't very tall, but they're smart. They make up for their lack of size with knowing where to be on the court."
Mirror photo by Gary M.Baranec
The BG girls celebrate their seventh straight district title at St. Francis.
McCabe, averaging 16.9 points per game, was limited to just two first-half points, and six total.
Katie Nolan led Portage with 10 points, while Emily Chobany added nine.
"BG is a great defensive team," Portage coach Lance Hudak said. "They were making it a point to make [McCabe] work. They were defending her hard in first half."
It wasn't just McCabe that was defended well, either. Guilfoyle (24-2) held Portage (22-3) to just 17 first half points, leaving the Lady Mustangs staring at a 23-point deficit, 40-17, that proved too be too much.
In fact, the Lady Mustangs never had a lead in the game, and its first quarter deficit, 18-4, was as close as it would be the rest of the night.
"They made us pay in the first half," Hudak said. "If you give them just a step or two, they bury their shots."
And the Lady Marauders did.
It was the senior duo of Brittany Boslet and Halee Adams that led the way for Guilfoyle, as the two combined for 16 of the Lady Marauder's 18 first quarter points and 31 of Guilfoyle's 40 at the half.
Boslet finished with 19 points, including 14 in the first half to help build the Lady Marauders' lead.
"I just felt it tonight," Boslet said. "I wanted it so bad for our team. We've been together for so long and I do anything to help out."
Teammate Halee Adams had a game-high 23 points for Guilfoyle, and Boslet was fast to compliment her.
"[Adams] is a great leader," Boslet said. "She's so consistent and has never stopped fighting."
Although the Lady Marauders possess plenty of district and state playoff experience, Moschella credits his players' attitudes for their continued success.
"[The experience] could have helped us get off to a good start," Moschella said. "But I attribute more of [their success] to work ethic and discipline that these girls have on and off court."
Despite the loss, Portage will advance to the state playoffs, as the Lady Mustangs will play next Saturday against District 5's third seed.
"We're going to rest up this weekend," Hudak said. "It's a brand new season. That's the thing about having the great season we've had. We're being rewarded for it."
Bishop Guilfoyle will also open its state playoffs next Saturday, as it will face District 9's 4-seed at a District 6 site.
Adams echoed Boslet's feelings about the togetherness of the senior group.
"[The win] feels amazing because we've grown up together," Adams said. "We just want to go as far as we can."
PORTAGE (36): Chobany 3 0-2 9, Zatek 2 1-2 7, Ramus 1 0-0 2, O. McCabe 3 0-0 6, E. McCabe 1 0-0 2, Nolan 4 0-0 10, Wozniak 0 0-0 0, Jubina 0 0-0 0, Baker 0 0-0 0, Crum 0 0-0 0. Totals-14 1-4 36.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (61): Boslet 8 0-0 19, Bates 3 2-2 8, H. Adams 8 6-9 23, Stessney 0 2-2 2, Ehredt 1 2-2 4, Miller 1 0-0 2, Craig 1 0-0 3, Luciano 0 0-0 0, E. Adams 0 0-0 0, Irvin 0 0-0 0, McGhee 0 0-0 0. Totals-22 12-15 61.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Portage 4 13 11 8-36
Bishop Guilfoyle 18 22 14 7-61
3-point goals: Portage 7 (Chobany 3, Zatek 2, Nolan 2); Bishop Guilfoyle 5 (Boslet 3, H. Adams 1, Craig 1).
Team records: Portage (22-3); Bishop Guilfoyle (24-2).
Officials: Tona Williams, Dan Gales, Jeff Fisher.