BC girls get on a roll in 3rd
Bishop Carroll Catholic’s Alyssa Martinazzi picked up her second foul in the opening minute of the second quarter in the team’s 1A second-round state playoff game against Berlin Brothersvalley.
She spent the rest of the first half on the bench, watching the Lady Huskies’ lead slip away and listening to coach Bob Gongloff’s harsh critique of her play to that point.
The junior guard got back on the court at the start of the second half and showed exactly the kind of game she’s capable of playing.
Martinazzi, the team’s leading scorer, poured in 10 quick points during a decisive 16-3 run to start the third quarter that helped the Lady Huskies down the District 5 champs, 47-32, Thursday at the AAHS Fieldhouse.
“It was really frustrating. I was stupid. I got stupid fouls, and our coach has a rule. Two fouls, and you’re on the bench,” Martinazzi said. “During that time on the bench, coach tells me ‘You can’t do this. You’re not good enough.’ He tells me everything that gets me fired up because he knows it works.”
BC trailed 20-17 at halftime, but it took Martinazzi all of 1:10 to erase that deficit. She opened the second half scoring with a driving layup off a feed from Anna Haigh, then drained a 3-pointer to put the Lady Huskies ahead 22-20.
She scored going to the basket again before dropping another 3-pointer on the Lady Mountaineers midway through the period.
“If I can push their buttons and make them prove me wrong, I’ve done my job,” Gongloff said. “I must have pushed the right button. She went out there and did her job. I was proud of her.”
Alivia Borlie capped the run with a 3-pointer of her own followed by a driving layup near the end of the quarter to put BC up 10, 33-23.
After Berlin’s Claire Spochart made it an eight-point game with two foul shots at the end of the third quarter, Carroll scored the first six points of the fourth to extend the lead.
Haigh knocked down an 18-foot jump shot then scored on a putback of a Borlie miss. Jourdan Williams followed with a pair of free throws to make it a 39-25 game.
Martinazzi finished with a game-high 17 points, Haigh scored 12 points and Borlie added eight.
Better second half defense and rebounding turned the game around for the Lady Huskies, Gongloff said.
“They were tough inside. They dominated the boards in the first half,” he said. “The second half, we got more rebounds. We handled the ball better and played a lot better defense. Anna rebounded well. Jourdan rebounded well that second half. That was the key to the game.”
The duo finished with seven rebounds apiece followed by Adi Divido with six. Borlie and Martinazzi added five rebounds each.
“We gave up too many offensive rebounds. In the first half, most of our points came in transition off of good rebounds. We pushed the ball up the floor. It started at the defensive end. If they missed a shot, we pushed it up the court and scored,” Berlin coach Rachel Prosser said. “In the second half, we didn’t get many opportunities because we gave them two and three shots.”
Kiera Booth had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Mountaineers, whose season ended at 23-4. Spochart, who averaged 14 points per game, finished with just two points.
Bishop Carroll advances to the quarterfinals for a matchup with District 9 champion Northern Clarion Saturday at a time and location to be determined. Northern Clarion advanced with a 68-58 win over Cornell Thursday.
Bishop Carroll looked like it might run away with the game early, scoring the first 10 points of the game, but the Lady Huskies offense stalled.
Carroll finished the first quarter with 15 points but scored just two in the second, allowing Berlin to not only climb back in the game but take a 3-point lead to the half.
“We were taking some bad shots. We didn’t execute our offense. We weren’t into our game. I was just trying to bide my time and get us to halftime,” Gongloff said. “It wasn’t pretty at all, but I’ll take it. The girls were off school for two days, not making an excuse, but I didn’t know what to expect. They came out and played well.”
BERLIN BROTHERSVALLEY (32): Hay 0 3-4 3, Booth 4 6-8 14, Harding 1 0-0 2, Spochart 0 2-2 2, Smith 3 1-2 7, Flick 2 0-1 4, Martz 0 0-0 0, Yanosky 0 0-0 0, DeArmitt 0 0-0 0. Totals — 0 12-17 32.
BISHOP CARROLL (47): Borlie 3 1-4 8, Martinazzi 7 1-1 17, Divido 0 2-7 2, Haigh 4 3-3 12, Kutskel 0 1-4-1, Williams 2 2-2 6, Yahner 0 1-4 1, Rosenberger 0 0-0 0, Blake 0 0-0 0, Gittings 0 0-0 0. Totals — 16 11-25 47.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Berlin Brothersvalley 9 11 5 7 — 32
Bishop Carroll 15 2 16 14 — 47
3-point goals: Berlin Brothersvalley: none; Bishop Carroll 4 (Borlie, Martinazzi 2, Haigh).
Records: Berlin Brothersvalley (23-4); Bishop Carroll (22-5).