Adams’ 3 at buzzer wins district title
LORETTO – Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic freshman Macy Adams bears a striking resemblance to her older sister and Lady Marauder legend, Halee.
Friday night at St. Francis’ DeGol Arena, Macy began building a legacy to go along with her sister’s.
The 5-foot-5 guard drilled an NBA-range 3-pointer as time expired to give Bishop Guilfoyle a 57-55 victory over top-seeded Portage in the District 6 Class A girls basketball championship game.
As the crowd hopped up and down in a frenzy, Adams picked herself off the ground following a full-team tackle, escaped a mob scene near the BG bench and looked for her sister. In all the madness surrounding them, the Adams sisters enjoyed a hug.
“[Halee] is the person I’ve always looked up to,” Macy Adams said. “She’s my best friend with everything, and I look up to her so much.”
Macy had plenty of her teammates looking up to her following her big shot.
“I wanted a district championship so bad,” Guilfoyle forward Annie Dombrowski said. “I knew we could do it; for some reason I had this feeling all day. When Macy hit that shot, I don’t think I could have been more happy in my entire life.
“Macy just took us into her hands. She even said she looked to God, and God is always with us.”
As Adams smiled for cameras and reveled in victory, a few yards away Portage retreated into its locker room, coming as close to a championship as a team can come without winning one.
After talking with his team, Mustangs coach Lance Hudak emerged from the locker room to speak with reporters before turning his back and attempting to regain his composure. A few seconds later, after several deep breaths, Hudak turned around with tears in his eyes.
“She threw a shot up from 30 feet. I feel like Pitt against Syracuse,” Hudak said referring to the Orange’s last-second deep 3-pointer to beat the Panthers earlier this season. “You take that shot 50 times, you might make one or two. I give Macy Adams credit. She hit it.”
The district championship was Bishop Guilfoyle’s eighth straight and 24th overall.
The Lady Marauders (20-5) will play either Port Allegany or Venango Christian in the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs. Portage will take on Berlin Brothersvalley at a District 6 site on March 8.
The Lady Marauders and Lady Mustangs met in last year’s final and Bishop Guilfoyle rolled, 61-36. Friday was a much different story.
The Lady Marauders fell behind, 7-0, to start the game but answered with a 9-0 run to take the lead. Bishop Guilfoyle maintained the lead for the majority of the next three quarters and carried a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Marauders tried to slow the pace to begin the final 8 minutes, but Portage quickly started to turn the tide. The Lady Mustangs used a 14-3 run to take a 51-47 lead with less than 3 minutes to play. Senior guard Emily Chobany, who shared game-high scoring honors with Adams, tallied nine of her 20 points in the fourth quarter.
“Our guard skill against their man defense was really the difference,” Hudak said. “As hard as they were overplaying and trying to jump passes, we knew we could backdoor them and beat them off the dribble. We started doing that and getting a lot of layups.”
Portage held its four-point lead until Marina Scipioni came off the bench for BG and made her only basket of the game – a 3-pointer with 59.9 seconds left.
Olivia McCabe scored for the Lady Mustangs, and Dombrowski answered with two free throws with 25.5 seconds left.
Portage’s Katie Nolan was fouled during the inbounds pass but missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity. Lili Benzel came down with the rebound, and Bishop Guilfoyle coach Mark Moschella called a timeout with 14.3 seconds left.
“That wasn’t what we drew up,” Moschella said. “Portage just did a real nice job defending that last play. Macy is just a kid that kept us in the game in the first half and then seals it with a shot she’ll remember the rest of her lifetime.”
Adams’ game-winning 3-pointer was her first basket of the second half after scoring 17 during the first two quarters. She finished 6-of-8 from beyond the arc.
“I looked up at the clock and there were 3 seconds left,” Adams said. “I knew I had to shoot, and it went in. I was shocked. I didn’t think it was real at first.”
Despite being out-sized by Portage, Bishop Guilfoyle out-rebounded the Lady Mustangs, 38-22, behind a game-high 10 rebounds from Dombrowski, who also finished with 14 points.
“I knew I had to get positioning, because they have some amazing players,” Dombrowski said. “I think for the most part, we did a great job all night getting a body on them and keeping them out of the paint.”
Portage (23-2) suffered just its second loss of the season, but Hudak said the Lady Mustangs still have plenty of life.
“A new season begins for us on Monday,” Hudak said. “We expect to play a couple more weeks of basketball. We’re in the state tournament, and we’re going to take full advantage of it starting Monday.”
Meanwhile, a brand new class of Bishop Guilfoyle players got to take home gold medals.
“We had eight great kids walk out of here and graduate last year, and these are all the new kids on the block,” Moschella said. “These kids have never experienced anything like this. Now that they have a taste of it, I’m hoping that they can continue to represent our school.”
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (57): M. Adams 6 2-3 20, McGhee 0 0-1 0, Dombrowski 5 6-6 14, Benzel 2 3-4 9, Taddei 0 0-0 0, Lewis 3 4-4 10, Irvin 0 1-1 1, Scipioni 1 0-0 3, Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals – 17 16-19 57.
PORTAGE (55): McCabe 4 0-0 8, Nolan 3 0-1 9, Wozniak 3 0-0 7, E. Chobany 9 1-1 20, Zatek 3 0-2 8, A. Chobany 0 2-2 2, Jubina 1 0-0 2, Baker 0 0-0 0. Totals – 23 3-6 55.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop Guilfoyle 17 14 13 13 – 57
Portage 14 13 10 18 – 55
3-pointers: Bishop Guilfoyle 7 (M. Adams 6, Scipioni). Portage 6 (Nolan 3, Wozniak, E. Chobany, Zatek)
Records: Bishop Guilfoyle (20-5); Portage (23-2).
Officials: Chuck Glasser, Frank Garritano, Tona Williams