Carroll girls are lights out from the field
Special to the Mirror
EBENSBURG — In what figured to be a tight game between two District 6 girls basketball powers and state-ranked teams, Bishop Carroll created separation with an scintillating shooting display.
The Lady Huskies shot just under 73 percent from the field to set an accelerated pace Blairsville was unable to match.
Senior Alyssa Martinazzi scored 15 of her game-high 25 points in the second quarter to lead the Huskies to a solid 59-47 non-conference victory over previously unbeaten Blairsville at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.
“It does feel good. It’s exciting because they’re a great team offensively and defensively,” Martinazzi said of beating Blairsville in a rematch of the 2016 District 6 Class 1A title game.
“It’s kind of nice we got it early this season, but we have a tough week with Central Cambria (tonight) and BG Friday. We’re just getting into the heat of our season. You got to stay calm because every game from here on out is going to hard.”
Senior Emily Kutskel and junior Anna Haigh each contributed 12 points to give Bishop Carroll solid scoring options. The Huskies finished with an uncanny 24-for-33 mark from the field, a 72.7 percent clip. BC only missed two shots from the second quarter on.
“I think they were No. 3 in the state in 2A. It was a great win for us,” Bishop Carroll coach Bob Gongloff said. “Overall, I was pleased with how we ran our offense. We got the ball where we wanted. We had a lot of layups. That was something we were trying to shoot for.”
Blairsville only had the lead for one possession before Bishop Carroll regained the advantage late in the first. The Bobcats were led by 16 points each from senior Rena Enterline, a Seton Hill signee, and junior Sidney McCully.
“This is why we schedule it. We play all of the Bishops every year,” Blairsville coach Ralph McGinnis said. “That’s the only way you get better for the end of the season. We knew this would be a tough battle. We just didn’t get over that hump.
“We missed some bunnies there and we rushed some shots. More than anything, that hurt us.”
Bishop Carroll gained an early 8-2 advantage with Haigh tallying four points. Blairsville then went on a 7-0 run capped by a McCully trey to lead 11-10, which turned out to be its only lead of the night. Haigh kick-started a 6-0 closing run with two foul shots to give the hosts a 16-11 edge after one.
Martinazzi caught fire with a perfect 6-for-6 clip in the second, which included three 3-pointers. The senior supplied 15 of her team’s 17 points in the frame. Martinazzi went on a personal 6-0 run to give the Huskies a 33-23 cushion at halftime.
“Your adrenaline gets going,” Martinazzi said of her scorching run. “When your offensive game is there, you tend to do better on defense, too. It’s exciting for sure.”
Martinazzi finished the night making 10-of-14 shots, with all four misses coming in the first.
“She was on and we wanted to get her the ball,” Gongloff said. “Whoever is open gets the ball. It always seemed like when she made her cut, she was open. We were happy that she was hot.”
Bishop Carroll made all seven of its shots in the third to earn a 16-14 scoring edge. Haigh and Kutskel both scored six points in the third.
Two separate McCully baskets brought Blairsville within eight in the fourth. But BC held the Bobcats to just two points for the final four minutes.
Both teams finished with 10 points in the fourth.
BLAIRSVILLE (47): Enterline 5 5-6 16, Martin 3 0-0 8, Barger 0 1-2 1, McCully 6 2-4 16, Risinger 3 0-1 6, Potter 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 8-13 47.
BISHOP CARROLL (59): Borlie 1 2-3 4, Martinazzi 10 2-6 25, Divido 1 0-0 2, Haigh 4 4-4 12, Kutskel 6 0-0 12, K. Yahner 0 0-0 0, Rosenberger 0 0-0 0, M. Yahner 2 0-1 4, McConnell 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 8-14 59.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Blairsville 11 12 14 10 — 47
Bishop Carroll 16 17 16 10 — 59
3-point field goals: Blairsville 5 (Martin 2, McCully 2, Enterline);
Bishop Carroll 3 (Martinazzi 3).
Records: Blairsville (8-1); Bishop Carroll (7-1).
Officials: Dan Amerheim, Brad Eckroth, Vicki Markiewicz.