Guilfoyle girls rally in second half to beat Central Cambria
EBENSBURG — One can safely say Bishop Guilfoyle has a team that has tested the patience of coach Mark Moschella. Teams that lack experience, depth and polish will do that to even the most successful girls basketball coaches.
“Whenever you take the top 10 kids out of your program from last year and you bring a team on the floor that has no letterwinners and) freshmen that are on the floor, all that you’re doing is trying to get them to be the best that they can be,” Moschella said.
The Lady Marauders fell behind by eight points at halftime, but pecked away at the difference before they beat Central Cambria — to say nothing of an incoming winter storm — 53-48, in a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference game on Friday night at Central Cambria High School.
“I would hope that the kids say, ‘You know what? He is pretty patient,’ although at times it does get pretty frustrating,” Moschella said. “But you’re able coach a great group of kids. And these kids are a great group of kids.”
Bishop Guilfoyle’s Jamison Consiglio and Sophia Warner shared game-high scoring honors with 14 points apiece. McKenna Hayward and Cassidy Bezel led the Lady Red Devils with 10 points each.
Central Cambria befuddled the Lady Marauders with a swarming defense that created 13 turnovers. Consiglio managed only two points in the first half as Central Cambria constantly double-teamed the Lady Marauders ballhandlers.
“The reason that we couldn’t do anything with her in the first half is we just didn’t do a good job of handling their sideline pressure,” Moschella said.
“I thought in the first half we were much more competitive and relaxed,” Central Cambria coach Brittany Sedlock. “And we did a good job of moving the ball, and penetrating and hitting the open lanes.”
The Lady Red Devils took a 26-18 lead into the intermission and maintained the eight-point edge when Jenna Bauer’s layin pushed the lead to 28-20.
Consiglio took over from that point. The sophomore forward scored six points in the third quarter as Bishop Guilfoyle cut the deficit to 37-34 entering the final eight minutes. She added six points in the final quarter.
“She’s a very strong forward, and right now we have a couple of girls who are injured,” Sedlock said. “So it was hard to match her underneath.”
“We needed to get people to move into some soft areas,” Moschella said. “Finally, we did settle down and we did get some nice shots once we got the ball reversed.”
Teresa Haigh’s layin with 3:27 to play put the Lady Marauders ahead, 47-45. Abbie Young countered with a 3-pointer that gave Central Cambria its last lead, 48-47, with 3:07 to go.
“It was a tough loss,” Sedlock said. “I think we ran out of gas a little bit in the fourth quarter.”
Moschella voiced high praise for the Lady Red Devils.
“This team is every bit as good as any team that we’re going to play in the Laurel Highlands,” Moschella said. “That’s how good this basketball team is that we played.”
Warner’s basket with 2:59 to play put Bishop Guilfoyle back in front to stay. She hit four of six free throws over the last 40 seconds to seal the victory.
The Lady Marauders committed only three turnovers in the second half.
Bishop Guilfoyle (53): Consiglio 5 4-6 14, Kelly 4 0-2 11, Labriola 2 3-4 7, Crider 1 0-0 3, Warner 4 5-8 14, Haigh 1 2-2 4, Kiesewetter 0 0-0 0. Totals — 19 14-22 53.
Central Cambria (48): Wess 2 2-2 6, Young 2 3-4 8, Hayward 3 1-2 10, Bauer 4 1-3 9, Bezek 4 2-5 10, Kudlawiex 0 0-0 0, Boyles 0 0-0 0, Szpala 2 0-0 5. Totals — 17 9-16 48.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Bishop Guilfoyle 11 7 1161 19–53
Central Cambria 10 16 11 11–48
3-point field goals: Bishop Guilfoyle 5 (Kelly 3, Crider, Warner), Central Cambria 5 (Hayward 3,Young, Szpala).
Officials: Marc Myers, Ed Richardson, Pat Kirby.
Team records: Bishop Guilfoyle (7-4, 4-1 LHAC-I), Central Cambria (7-4, 6-3).
JV score: Bishop Guilfoyle, 37-30.