Second-half struggles continue for Lady Marauders
By Sean Wechtenhiser
For the Mirror
SIDMAN — For the second time this season, the Bishop Guilfoyle girls basketball team played a close first half with Forest Hills. Unfortunately for the Lady Marauders, for the second time this season they saw the Rangers pull away in the second half for a lopsided victory.
Friday night, Bishop Guilfoyle came out of the locker room for the second half trailing by three points. However, an 18-5 deficit in the third quarter, which included Forest Hills making more foul shots than the Lady Marauders scored points, proved to be too much, as Bishop Guilfoyle fell 50-32.
“I thought they were the aggressors, but I also think the officials let them play aggressively, and on the flip side didn’t let us play aggressively,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Kristi Kaack said. “I’m not saying that it would have changed the final score, but I think it hurt, because we were trying to do the right things on the defensive end and we were being penalized for them.”
Free throws were a catalyst for the Rangers’ run in the third quarter. Forest Hills made six of seven foul shots in the period. Two of those free throws came after Kaack was called for a technical foul for arguing a call. Carly Stigers netted three of the foul shots, and added two 3-pointers, to score nine of the Rangers’ 18 points in the quarter.
While the Rangers offense was putting up points, Bishop Guilfoyle struggled in the third quarter. Teresa Haigh scored on a putback early in the second half, but the Marauders went over four minutes before their next basket, a Leah Homan layup. Sophia Warner added a foul shot in the final minute of the frame, but the Marauders trailed 43-27 with eight minutes to play.
“We turned the ball over, we were careless with the ball, and we didn’t put the ball in the basket,” said Kaack of her team’s offensive play in the third quarter. “You’re not going to win games when you can’t score.”
Both teams struggled offensively in the final quarter, as the Rangers outscored Bishop Guilfoyle 7-5 to set the final at 50-32. Forest Hills held the Marauders to just 10 second-half points.
“I think our lockdown defense in the third quarter, and our defense the whole way through the game was the difference,” Forest Hills senior Victoria Koeck said. “I think we had a really good mindset. We want to go far this year. Our defense has been looking good, so hopefully it can keep us going the rest of the season.”
The first half proved to be a game of runs by both teams. Forest Hills opened the game on an 8-0 run, capped by a basket and free throw by Kayla Stohon. Bishop Guilfoyle responded with a run, cutting the lead to 12-9 on a layup by Aurielle Brunner in the final minute of the frame.
The Rangers scored four quick points in the second quarter to push their lead back to eight points, at 17-9. However, just like they did in the first quarter the Marauders responded with another run. Haigh netted back-to-back baskets, and Brunner hit a jumper to trim the Forest Hills lead to 17-15 with 2:55 left in the half. The teams went back and forth the rest of the half, and the Rangers took a 25-22 lead into the locker room at intermission.
Stigers led all scorers with 14 points. Jordyn Smith added 12 points, and Koeck netted nine points. Haigh was the only Marauders player in double digits, as she netted 14 points.
Bishop Guilfoyle has one game left, against Bishop McCort on Wednesday, as they prepare for the playoffs.
“We have McCort left, which we are looking forward to,” said Kaack. “That should be a good game. It was tight the first time around. Then, we are anxious for the playoffs, because I think this is a team that our record isn’t indicative of the team that we are. I think we can go into the playoffs and cause a little noise, I am hoping. We are going to prepare for that.”
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (32): Consiglio 1 0-0 2, Warner 1 1-2 3, Homan 3 0-0 6, Scipioni 1 0-2 3, Haigh 5 3-3 14, Brunner 1 1-2 3, Krug 0 1-3 1, Kilmartin 0 0-0 0. Totals — 12 6-12 32.
FOREST HILLS (50): Stigers 3 6-7 14, Koeck 4 1-2 9, Stohon 1 1-1 3, Cecere 1 3-5 6, J. Smith 4 4-4 12, Burda 1 2-2 4, Croyle 0 0-0 0, Zajdel 0 0-0 0, R. Smith 1 0-1 1, Stains 0 0-0 0. Totals — 15 17-22 50.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop Guilfoyle 9 13 5 5 — 32
Forest Hills 13 12 18 7 — 50
3-point goals: Bishop Guilfoyle 2 (Scipioni, Haigh); Forest Hills 3 (Stigers 2, Cecere).
Records: Bishop Guilfoyle (12-9, 10-7 LHAC); Forest Hills (17-2, 14-1 LHAC).