BC cold in setback
SIDMAN — In a key Laurel Highlands Conference Section 1 clash at Forest Hills, two ice-cold shooting quarters put Bishop Carroll behind in the fourth quarter.
Monday’s game was a defensive battle through three quarters, but both offenses opened up in the final frame.
Each team scored half of its final output in the fourth, but, spurred by senior Ryan Richardson’s 28 points and 16 rebounds, Forest Hills gained sole possession of second place in section play with a 56-46 victory.
“We just couldn’t get anything going offensively,” Bishop Carroll coach Cosie Aliquo, alluding to only scoring five points each in the first and third quarters. “We had open shots and missed them, or we would drive and throw it up for a missed layup.”
Sophomore Tristan McDannell led the Huskies with 14 points off the bench. Sophomore Scott Semelsberger added 11 points on three treys.
Bishop Carroll finished with a 27 percent clip from the field (16-for-60). Eight of its made shots came from beyond the arc. In the first and third quarters combined, the Huskies only made 2-of-27 shots (7 percent) and tallied 10 combined points. Playing without junior point guard Carson Ertter did not help matters.
“We just couldn’t move. It seemed like we were in cement. Right now, we’re just searching for the offense,” Aliquo said. “When you don’t have the guy that leads the ship, has the ball in his hands and gets it to the right guys sort of hurts us right now. We just got to be more confident offensively.”
Forest Hills is now 6-3 in the section after sweeping Bishop Carroll for the second straight year. The Rangers are one-half game behind Bishop Guilfoyle (6-2), who travels to Bishop Carroll today.
“It’s a huge win. It was senior night,” Forest Hills coach Dom Vescovi said. “We had to keep a body on (Ben) Eckenrode. Devin Smith did a really good job on him, he only had two field goals. Other than that, we just had to guard their drives to the basket. That’s how they create. So we had to pack the lane.”
Richardson, who supplied 30 points in the first meeting, scored six of Forest Hills’ first eight points to lead 8-0. Semelsberger’s 3-pointer with 3:03 left in the quarter ended an opening drought. The Rangers led 8-5 after the first.
Five lead changes ensued in the second. Back-to-back layups from McDannell gave the Huskies a 18-15 lead at halftime as Forest Hills only could muster seven points.
Forest Hills committed 14 of its 21 turnovers in the first half. As a theme all night, Bishop Carroll was unable to turn those miscues into points like they normally do.
“We got the turnovers, but we couldn’t go down the other end and score. We’d either miss it or throw it away or just take a bad shot,” Aliquo said.
BISHOP CARROLL (46): Karlheim 1 3-4 6, Semelsberger 4 0-0 11, H. Rodkey 2 0-0 4, Ratchford 1 0-0 2, Eckenrode 2 0-0 6, McDannell 5 3-4 14, Burk 0 0-0 0, Gottshall 1 0-0 3. Totals – 16 6-8 46.
FOREST HILLS (56): R. Richardson 13 2-3 28, Chunta 1 0-0 2, Smith 1 1-2 3, Schrock 5 2-3 12, Cecere 2 4-6 8, Shope 0 0-0 0, Bernard 1 0-0 2, Spangler 0 1-2 1. Totals – 23 10-16 56.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop Carroll 5 13 5 23 — 46
Forest Hills 8 7 13 28 — 56
3-point goals: Bishop Carroll 8 (Semelsberger 3, Eckenrode 2, Karlheim, McDannell, Gottshall); Forest Hills 0.
Records: Bishop Carroll (14-6, 5-3 LHAC Section 1); Forest Hills (14-6, 6-3 LHAC Section 1).
Officials: Rick Miller, Ted Oppegard, Gary Smith.
JV: Forest Hills, 57-43. High scorers-Massi Rodkey, BC, 11; Zach Myers, FH, 18.