Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic's Alyssa McGhee had a huge smile on her face throughout Monday night's game against Richland. The sophomore guard looked like she was having more fun than a pickpocket at Mardi Gras.
McGhee put constant pressure on the Richland ballhandlers, making steals, tipping passes and just making life in general miserable for the Lady Rams in a 61-15 win at the Pleasant Valley gym.
"We've been working in practice a lot on that," she said. "Putting pressure up and the other girls playing good defense behind it."
Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski
Bishop Guilfoyle’s Alyssa McGhee is fouled by Richland’s Alyssa Rozich.
McGhee finished with five steals, five offensive rebounds and 12 points.
"Alyssa did a great job on the press and in the halfcourt. She hustled really the entire floor," BG coach Mark Moschella said. "We got off to a real nice start. We did a good job getting rebounds and turnovers then finding the open girl."
Lili Benzel's two field goals, one a 3-pointer, and buckets by Jenna Irvin and Macy Adams in the opening two minutes quickly put the Lady Marauders up 10-2.
Benzel finished with a game-high 21 points, 15 of which came in the first half. Benzel and Adams also led the team in assists with four apiece. Irvin pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
"Lili ran the floor well and gave us a nice offensive spurt, and Jenna did a nice job on the boards," Moschella said.
The new-look Lady Marauders, featuring five new starters this season, are off to a 2-0 start.
"The challenge is getting the girls familiar with each other. They've never played together before," Moschella said. "They've worked hard since the beginning of the season and continue to get better everyday."
BG ripped off 10 straight points in the final two minutes of quarter for a 20-4 lead after one.
McGhee scored eight of those points with a putback, a pair of free throws and two jump shots. In between, Benzel scored on the fastbreak with an assist from Karis Taddei, who equaled McGhee's steal total with five of her own.
Benzel scored another eight points in the second quarter. Her 3-pointer at the end of the half gave BG a 38-11 at the break. Benzel's midcourt steal and ensuing layup late in the third quarter put the running clock into effect.
"We didn't play the way we're capable playing. Their transition offense killed our transition defense," Richland coach Nathan Gironda. "They got way too many easy points and dominated us on the boards, especially in the first half. They took advantage of all our weaknesses."
Christina Rizzo led Richland with six points and Ashley Callihan added five.
RICHLAND (15): Carnell 0 0-0 0, Callihan 2 1-2 5, Dabbs 1 0-0 2, Hauser 1 0-0 2, Rizzo 3 0-2 6, Rozich 0 0-0 0, Knepper-Miller 0 0-0 0, Lengenfelder 0 0-0 0. Totals - 7 1-4 15.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (61): McGhee 5 2-4 12, E. Adams 0 0-0 0, Dombrowski 2 1-2 5, M. Adams 2 2-2 6, Benzel 9 0-0 21, Irvin 2 2-2 6, Taddei 1 2-2 4, Lewis 1 0-0 2, Deleo 1 0-0 3, Spencer 0 0-0 0, Scipioni 1 0-0 2, Miller 0 0-0 0, Yanoshak 0 0-0 0, Mellott 0 0-0 0. Totals - 24 9-12 61.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Richland4 7 2 2 - 15
Bishop Guilfoyle20 18 18 5 - 61
3-point goals: Richland none; Bishop Guilfoyle 4 (Benzel 3, Deleo).
Records: Richland (1-4); Bishop Guilfoyle (2-0).