The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic girls basketball team lost a lot of talented players to graduation last year, including one for the ages in Halee Adams.
But that has not stopped it from being undefeated in the early-going of the season and rolling to a 62-26 win over United in the first round of the Bishop Guilfoyle Holiday Tournament at the Pleasant Valley Gymnasium Friday evening.
Bishop Guilfoyle came out and set the tone from the get-go, scoring 14 points before United scored a point. Alyssa McGhee, a 5-foot-6 sophomore guard, and Jenna Irvin, a 6-1 forward, both contributed four points during that 14-0 run. Eden Bloom finally ended it with a bucket with just less than 2 minutes left in the first quarter. Just prior to the end of the first quarter, BG got a layup from Anne Dombrowski, giving them a 20-6 lead after one.
The second quarter was the only quarter that was fairly even, with the Lady Marauders only outscoring United by a score of 9-6. Once again it was Bloom providing the only offense with six points in the frame.
Bishop Guilfoyle was back to its dominant self in the third quarter, out-pointing 16-8 margin. The quarter began by Dombrowski scoring the first three points, before Bloom scored on a layup to make it a 36-14 score. But after that, Macy Adams would score the next five points, two coming on a layup and the next three via a traditional three point play. And all of a sudden, it was a 25 point advantage. Just minutes later, Bloom made history, scoring her 1,000th career point with 2:41 left in the third quarter.
"That's such a huge milestone for her, " United coach Lee Ann Ault said. "She's such a hard worker and a team player. We're very happy for her."
BG outscored its foe 15-6 in the fourth quarter. The defense forcied United to commit 24 turnovers.
"I thought the girls really stepped up their defense tonight, " BG coach Mark Moschella said. "That created a lot of offense for us. We've been working really hard at practice on it and it showed tonight. We played better team defense."
Irvin led the way with 13, while Dombrowski and McGhee both scoring 11 of their own. BG (5-0) will play Blairsville today in the championship.
"They're the AA champs," Moschella said. " They're our biggest test so far. They are very well coached."
UNITED (26): E. Bloom 9 2-2 20, Mack 0 0-2 0, M. Bloom 1 0-0 2, Surike 1 0-0 2, Miller 0 0-0 0, Hixson 1 0-0 2, Strait 0 0-0 0. Totals - 12 2-4 26.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (62): Dombrowski 5 1-3 11, McGhee 3 4-6 11, Irvin 6 1-2 13, M. Adams 3 1-3 7, Benzel 2 2-2 6, A.Adams 0 1-2 1, Taddei 2 2-2 6, Ruggery 1 1-2 3, Spencer 0 0-0 0. Totals - 23 13-22 62.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
United6 6 8 6 - 26
Bishop Guilfoyle20 9 16 15 - 62
3-point field goals: United 0; Bishop Guilfoyle 1 (McGhee 1).
Records: United (6-2). Bishop Guilfoyle (5-0).