Lady Marauders take charge down stretch
BEDFORD — Teresa Haigh’s third 3-pointer of the night at 6:43 of the third quarter gave the Bishop Guilfoyle girls a double-digit lead for the first time all night.
After going on a big run to close out the first half, BG appeared ready to take command of its Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference game with Bedford.
The Lady Bisons didn’t let that happen as they got within four on three occasions.
However, BG turned up the defense as Bedford missed several opportunities down the stretch, while Bishop Guilfoyle capitalized by knocking down its free throws to pull out a 51-42 win on Thursday night in high school girls basketball.
“I told my kids, collectively, we up the intensity on the defensive end — that should be our niche,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Kristi Kaack said. “We are scrappy and we are going to defend hard every single game.”
BG improved to 2-1 on the young season, while Bedford fell to 0-4.
“We’re 0-4 but I bet we’re the best 0-4 team in the state of Pennsylvania,” Bedford coach Mark Dillow said. “We are there — we’re playing. We’re just not hitting our shots. … They (Bishop Guilfoyle) were hitting everything. Our girls, they played their hearts out. We were there, but we just could not convert into points.”
With Bedford leading 17-15 at 5:30 of the second on a layup by Lindsay Shuke, the Lady Marauders mounted a charge as Haigh drained back-to-back shots from behind the arc to kickstart a 10-0 run to put her team up 25-17 at the half.
The run was helped along by three turnovers from the Lady Bisons, while Leah Homan, who collected 10 points, and Blaise Kilmartin converted on the offensive end for Guilfoyle.
“I went to watch them play Juniata Valley (Wednesday) night, and they didn’t hit them (3-pointers) like that,” Dillow said. “So, tonight, they’re hitting them. It’s like why couldn’t we have them have a bad shooting night … We did not shoot very well. We missed the easy shots — we missed layups. You can’t win if you miss the layups like that.”
Immediately following Haigh’s triple to start the third, Bedford would go on a 9-2 spurt of its own behind a 3-pointer from Leah Davidson and two from Shuke, who had 10 of her game-high 17 in the third quarter.
At that point, the lead had been reduced to 30-26 with 3:26 to go in the third, and the lead would remain at four (36-32) heading into the final stanza.
Haigh, who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, followed up a Homan foul line jumper with a between the legs step-back trifecta at 6:13 to push the lead to eight (41-33).
“Teresa’s a kid that people are going to focus on every single night because they know what she is capable of doing,” Kaack said. “… When she can be versatile, she’s tough to stop because you have to respect her on both positions (inside and out) on the floor).”
A putback by the Lady Bisons’ Emmi Hagenbuch a few minutes later had her team within six (43-37).
Over the next 1:30, the Lady Marauders kept giving the Lady Bisons chances to close the gap as BG would turn the ball over on four straight possessions (two on steals, one on a double-dribble and the other on a traveling violation) only to have Bedford cough the ball right back over on the first three miscues.
“For us, I think that is the youth right now and just not having a whole lot of experience,” Kaack said. “We have one starter from last year, so those are kids who haven’t been in that situation before under that type of pressure … I was still proud of the way that we would get back and get it back on the defensive end when we did something silly on the offensive end.”
Taylor Downs would come up with a steal on the last BG turnover and make good with a layup at 3:14 that had the Lady Bisons within four (43-39).
A putback by Haigh on an Aurielle Brunner missed free throw and two foul shots from Gabby Krug, who tallied 10 points, had the margin quickly back to eight (47-39).
The Lady Marauders would knock down 4-of-5 from the line the remainder of the way, while the Lady Bisons went 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, while missing a layup and a point-blank floater down the stretch to close out the contest.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (51): Brunner 0 0-2 0, Consiglio 3 0-0 7, Warner 0 2-2 2, Krug 2 4-4 10, Haigh 5 0-0 14, Kilmartin 3 0-0 6, Homan 4 2-2 10, Scipioni 1 0-1 2. Totals: 18 8-9 51.
BEDFORD (42): Je. Brown 3 2-2 8, L. Shuke 7 1-2 17, Thomas 1 3-4 6, Davidson 2 0-0 5, Hagenbuch 1 0-2 2, J. Shuke 0 0-0 0, Downs 2 0-0 4. Totals: 16 6-10 42.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop Guilfoyle 10 15 11 15 — 51
Bedford 13 4 15 10 — 42
3-point field goals: Bishop Guilfoyle 7 (Haigh 4, Krug 2, Consiglio 1); Bedford 4 (L.Shuke 2, Thomas 1, Davidson 1).
Records: Bishop Guilfoyle (2-1); Bedford (0-4).
Officials: Greg Spiker, Ed Beidle, Don Bussard
JV: Bishop Guilfoyle won 43-22. High scorers — Dani Scipioni, BG, 11; Natalie Lippincott, B, 6.