BG gets tough on defense

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic used strong defense and rebounding to gut out a 49-38 victory over Bishop Carroll Thursday night at the Pleasant Valley Gym.

“The team defense tonight took a step that we needed to get ready for the playoffs,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Mark Moschella said.

With forward Darcy Lee battling foul trouble for a majority of the game, Anna Audley collected several rebounds that turned into second chance points for the Lady Marauders. The 5-foot-10 senior bullied her way to 19 points.

“As far as rebounding, Anna Audley controlled everything on the boards out there,” Bishop Carroll coach Bob Gongloff said. “Our girls didn’t put bodies on her like they were supposed to. We talked about it. Our girls didn’t execute what they were supposed to do, and she did what she had to do.”

The Lady Huskies only trailed by two entering the fourth quarter but never led in the second half.

Alyssa Martinazzi tallied 16 points and made 4-of-6 3-point attempts for Bishop Carroll, but the Lady Marauders made her work for every shot.

“I thought Karis Taddei did a great job on the defensive end against a great player in Martinazzi,” Moschella said. “We tried to at least contain her because she’s such a great player.”

After Audley hit two free throws to provide BG a 38-32 lead, Lili Benzel intercepted a pass at midcourt and finished the layup for an eight-point advantage.

The Lady Marauders took the air out of the ball for a majority of the fourth quarter. Audley scored back-to-back buckets under the basket down the stretch to maintain the advantage.

Benzel started the game red hot from behind the arc before a cold second half. The senior knocked down four of her first five 3-point shots and matched Audley with 19 points.

“Lili got us off to a good start, and then Kierra Miller came in and got us settled down” Moschella said. “Lili played a strong defensive game in the fourth quarter even though her shots stopped falling.”

Martinazzi was the only Lady Huskie to reach double figures. Gongloff said none of his other players rose to the occasion.

“We have the scorers, but tonight nobody stepped up,” he said. “We couldn’t finish our shots, we missed a couple easy ones in that fourth quarter that were key, but I guess it will come in time. This will prepare us for the playoffs, and we’ll see what happens.”

Bishop Carroll started four juniors and a sophomore, but the coach refused to blame youth this late in the season.

“There’s no such thing as a young team — you’re either a good team or a bad team,” Gongloff said. “We’re a good team. We just need to play up to potential, and tonight we didn’t do that.”

Moschella said the two coaches agreed before the contest that this game would serve as great preparation for the postseason.

“All in all, I was pleased with the way that we played on both ends of the floor tonight,” Moschella said.

Bishop Guilfoyle honored its football team at halftime for its third consecutive state championship. The Marauders defeated Clairton, 17-0, to claim the Class 1A title in December.

BISHOP CARROLL (39): Borlie 1 2-2 4, Martinazzi 6 0-0 16, Divido 2 0-0 5, Kutskel 2 0-0 4, Haigh 2 2-2 7, Yahner 1 1-2 3, Gittings 0 0-0 0, Blake 0 0-0 0, Rosenberg 0 0-0 0, Bobroski 0 0-0 0. Totals– 14 5-6 39.

BISHOP GUILFOYLE (48): Benzel 7 0-0 19, Lee 1 1-2 3, Taddei 0 2-7 2, Jennings 0 4-4 4, Audley 7 5-6 19, Miller 0 1-2 1, Consiglio 0 0-0 0. Totals–15 13-21 48.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Bishop Carroll 10 12 10 7 – 39.

Bishop Guilfoyle 15 12 7 14 – 48.

3-point goals: Bishop Carroll 6 (Martinazzi 4, Kutskel, Haigh); Bishop Guilfoyle 5 (Benzel 5).

Records: Bishop Carroll (17-5); Bishop Guilfoyle (19-3).

JV: Bishop Carroll, 33-19. High scorers: Yahner, BC, 15; Kelly, BC, 9.

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