Reserve plays big role for BG in victory

The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Lady Marauders unveiled a new weapon Tuesday night.

Brayley Lewis came off the bench and scored 13 points to help Guilfoyle beat Penn Cambria, 49-40, in a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference Section 1 game at the Pleasant Valley gym.

The victory gave the Marauders, 8-1 overall, sole possession of first place in the section with a 3-0 mark. The Panthers are now 9-4 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

“I just had a good game, I guess,” Lewis said. “My teammates helped me play and score, so it wasn’t just me.”

A 5-foot-10 sophomore, Lewis transferred to BG from Central after starting for the Lady Dragons as a freshman last season. Lewis has played a lot of jayvee this season and has been used sparingly as a varsity reserve.

However, the Marauders needed her size against the taller Penn Cambria team, particularly after senior Emily Adams suffered a nose injury in the first quarter.

“Coach [Mark Moschella] didn’t say anything to me,” Lewis noted. “He just said ‘get Emily’ and I did.

“I’m definitely tired,” said Lewis, who also played all four quarters of the jayvee game, “but this builds my confidence.”

Lewis scored in all four quarters last night, and said the transition from Central to BG hasn’t been difficult for her.

“She had a good JV game,” Moschella said, “and when Emily [Adams] ended up with the nose injury, we wanted to see what Brayley could do because Penn Cambria has a lot of height. She did a phenomenal job for us. She played a great game defensively and she gave us an offensive punch.

“The kids have to be real happy about what Brayley did coming off the bench against one of the top teams in the conference.”

Moschella also was pleased with the play of senior post Annie Dombrowski, who finished with a team-high 15 points. Freshman guards Lili Benzel and Macy Adams each tallied 10.

“Our girls in the paint – Annie and Brayley – both scored in double figures and that was something we needed because Penn Cambria plays an awful big zone,” Moschella said.

Penn Cambria jumped out to a 12-9 lead in the first quarter, but BG seized control by outscoring the Panthers, 29-11, in periods 2 and 3 to build a 38-23 advantage.

“We were a little smarter attacking their zone in the second quarter,” Moschella said, noting Dombrowski scored 11 in that session. “For the most part, we did a good job of taking care of the ball, being patient and getting good shots.”

Penn Cambria coach Rodger Fair said his three top reserves were sidelined with injuries and did not play.

“We usually dress 11 and we dressed only eight tonight,” Fair said. “We were a little thin and we kind of got gassed. They went man on us and when we had to go man on them, we couldn’t stop them.

“We wanted to pound it inside and we had them set up in the first quarter,” Fair noted, “but then they started doubling down on our post and we didn’t recognize it enough to kick it back out.”

Kaitlyn Krug, PC’s point guard, was the only Panther in double figures with 14 points.

Guilfoyle hosts Bishop Carroll on Thursday and travels to Bellwood-Antis on Friday. Penn Cambria visits Forest Hills on Thursday.

PENN CAMBRIA (40): Krug 6 1-4 14, Shingler 3 1-2 7, Wheeler 4 1-2 9, Vincent 3 0-0 6, Strittmatter 0 2-2 2, Link 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 2-2 2. Totals – 16 7-12 40.

BISHOP GUILFOYLE (49): Benzel 3 3-4 10, M. Adams 4 1-2 10, Dombrowski 5 5-8 15, McGhee 0 0-0 0, Irvin 0 0-0 0, E. Adams 0 0-0 0, Lewis 4 5-6 13, Taddei 0 1-2 1. Totals – 16 15-22 49.


Penn Cambria12 7 4 17 – 40

Bishop Guilfoyle9 15 14 11 – 49

3-point goals: Penn Cambria 1 (Krug); Bishop Guilfoyle 2 (Benzel, M. Adams).

Officials: Gary Zimmerman, Ted Beam, Dick Wagner.

Records: Penn Cambria (9-4 overall, 3-1 LHAC Section 1); Bishop Guilfoyle (8-1, 3-0).

JV: Bishop Guilfoyle, 37-17. High scorers-Kierra Miller, BG, 14; Anna Audley, PC, 12.