Featuring an all-senior lineup that's had more than its share of success, the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Lady Marauders are expected to be one of the top Class A girls basketball teams in the state this season, and they showed why Friday night.
BG opened its 2012-13 season in the Marguerite Frederick Lady Marauder Classic and mercy-ruled Central Mountain, 63-22, at the Pleasant Valley gym.
It was all BG from the opening tip. The Lady Marauders scored the first 12 points and led 22-3 after one quarter. The lead ballooned to 48-8 over their Class AAAA opponent at the half and put the running clock in motion for the entire second half.
Contributors? There were many. In fact, all five starters scored in the first five minutes. Four of them - Kayla Bates, Elyssa Ehredt, Halee Adams and Devin Stessney - scored in close while Brittany Boslet drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
"What makes it look nice is that we finished a lot of shots tonight," BG coach Mark Moschella said. "We finished shots inside and I thought we did a really good job when we kicked it out and got scoring from the perimeter."
Halee Adams (14 points), Boslet (12) and Ehredt (11) all hit double figures in the first half and all three had more points individually than Central Mountain (eight) had at intermission.
"Not only was it balanced with the team in scoring," Moschella said, "but it was also balanced on the inside and outside."
Because of the 40-point mercy rule, Moschella was able to clear his bench early. Despite the running clock, he was able to shuffle 18 girls into the contest.
"To me, it's good," Moschella said, "because these kids work hard every day in practice, the jayvees will start soon and, for the freshmen who got in, it's got to be a memory they'll cherish for a long time."
Guilfoyle will face Hollidaysburg, an easy winner over Bishop McCort, in today's final at 5 p.m. The Marauders beat the Tigers, 52-39, in last year's tourney final and today's title game matches two of the area's powerhouses.
"I think it's going to be [a good test]," Moschella said. "This is what we want. Our out-of-conference schedule is about as good as you can put together and having Hollidaysburg in our tournament will benefit both of us."
Central Mountain first-year head coach Lindsey Rogers was impressed with BG's play.
"They're a very good team," Rogers said, "and I give them a lot of credit. They have a nice group of girls."
The Wildcats will take on Bishop McCort in today's consolation game at 3 p.m.
"This was our first game and we can't dwell on it," Rogers said. "We can only learn from it, and we've got to respond."
CENTRAL MOUNTAIN (22): K. Heckman 2 0-2 5, Walker 0 0-0 0, Jensen 3 2-5 8, Garbrick 0 0-0 0, J. Heckman 4 0-0 9, Miller 0 0-0 0, Shady 0 0-0 0. Totals - 9 2-7 22.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (63): H. Adams 4 5-6 14, Bates 2 2-2 7, Ehredt 4 3-3 11, Stessney 4 0-0 8, Boslet 4 4-4 14, Craig 2 0-0 5, E. Adams 2 0-0 4, Miller 0 0-0 0, Luciano 0 0-0 0, Irvin 0 0-0 0, Spencer 0 0-0 0, Ruggery 0 0-0 0, Carey 0 0-0 0, McGhee 0 0-0 0, Mellott 0 0-0 0, Frederick 0 0-0 0, Yanoshak 0 0-0 0, Scipioni 0 0-0 0. Totals - 22 14-15 63.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Central Mountain3 5 3 11 - 22
Bishop Guilfoyle22 26 10 5 - 63
3-point goals: Central Mountain 2 (K. Heckman, J. Heckman); Bishop Guilfoyle 5 (Boslet 2, H. Adams, Bates, Craig).
Records: Central Mountain (0-1); Bishop Guilfoyle (1-0).