During a first quarter in which the Bishop Guilfoyle offense started slowly, offensive rebounding kept the Lady Marauders above water.
After Central Cambria gained a lead less than two minutes in on a Bri Wasser 3-pointer, Guifoyle's Elyssa Ehredt grabbed an offensive board on the next possession and scored, sparking a 9-2 BG run to end the quarter.
It was one of many opportunities the Lady Marauders capitalized on to provide second chances en route to a 60-28 win over Central Cambria Monday at the Pleasant Valley gymnasium.
"It was good to see when things weren't going well that we were still hustling," BG coach Mark Moschella said. "I think our energy finally caught up to where we were by the end of the first."
"If we had made a shot here or there and gotten a lead after the first, it could have been a confidence builder," Central Cambria coach John Dziack said.
The Guilfoyle offense picked up in the second quarter, thanks to senior guard Kayla Bates, who had 10 of her game-high 15 points in the frame.
"She had a great game on both ends of the court," Moschella said. "She did a good job defending their point guard [Wasser] and I thought she really took control of our offense."
Halee Adams added 14 points for BG, and Ehredt chipped in eight. Six Lady Marauders accounted for 26 points in the second, giving them a 35-12 lead at half.
"They have girls that play all five positions," Dziack said "It makes it hard to keep up with them."
While the BG offense struggled in the first, the defense more than held its own. The Lady Red Devils found themselves routinely shooting from the perimeter, and they did not attempt a free throw until Taylor King-Brothers went to the line with 1:36 remaining in the third.
"I have no explanation for it," Dziack said. "We just didn't finish when we had the chance. Some of the girls figured they were best suited to shoot outside."
Katie Bracken led the Lady Red Devils with eight points, while Wasser added seven.
The win kept BG undefeated in the Laurel Highlands Conference Section 1 (4-0).
"The girls do a good job of keeping each other going at practice," Moschella said. "The senior leadership helps us prevent from being flat."
Dziack commended his team's effort, but credited the talented Lady Marauder (11-1 overall) squad.
"I'm not disappointed in our effort," Dziack said. "We knew it would be tough coming in; they were just bigger and stronger, and that wore us down."
Guilfoyle travels to Cambria Heights on Thursday, while Central Cambria visits Forest Hills on Friday.
CENTRAL CAMBRIA (28): Wasser 3 0-0 7, King-Brothers 1 1-2 3, Bracken 3 2-2 8, Boring 1 2-2 4, Ritchey 2 0-0 5, Berzonsky 0 1-4 1, Wright 0 0-0 0, McKeel 0 0-0 0. Totals - 10 6-10 28.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (60): Craig 2 0-0 4, Boslet 1 0-0 2, Styrene 3 1-2 7, Adams 6 2-2 14, Enriched 4 0-0 8, Miller 2 0-0 4, Lucian 1 0-0 2, Bates 5 4-6 15, Irvine 2 0-0 4, mcgee 0 0-2 0. Totals - 26 7-12 60.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Central Cambria5 7 11 5 - 28
Bishop Guilfoyle9 26 16 9 - 60
3-point goals: Central Cambria 2 (Wears 1, Ritchey 1); Bishop Guilfoyle 1 (Bates 1).
Records: Central Cambria (5-6 2-2 LHAC); Bishop Guilfoyle (11-1; 4-0 LHAC).
JV: Bishop Guilfoyle, 46-36. High scorers-Irvin, BG, 10; Boring, CC, 9.