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Haigh leads BG in rout

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Lady Marauders coach Kristi Kaack definitely knows the importance of her team playing well on both ends of the floor.

Bishop Guilfoyle converted its pressure defense into several offensive buckets while busting out to a 24-4 lead after one quarter, en route to a 71-40 Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference rout of Bedford Friday night at the Pleasant Valley gymnasium.

“We’re blessed with length and size this year, for sure,” Kaack said. “We started off well tonight. Our defensive intensity created a lot of easy transition buckets, which we’ve definitely been focusing on.”

BG junior Teresa Haigh scored 11 of her game-high 29 points in the first quarter as BG improved to 2-0 overall and in the conference.

Kaack was as impressed with the 6-foot Haigh’s defense as much as she was with her offensive output.

“People will walk out of here talking about her 29 points, but I thought she played fantastic on the defensive end today,” Kaack said of Haigh. “She was moving her feet, and her length creates a lot of problems for smaller guards.”

BG scored 22 of the game’s first 24 points. Junior Lyzee Wilson got the Lady Marauders going with a steal and layup, and sophomore Leah Homan hit a jumper from the key to make it 4-0.

Haigh followed with her first of five 3-pointers on the night, from the deep right corner, to give BG a 7-0 lead. Junior Sophia Warner converted a steal into a layup to make it 9-0, before Bedford finally got on the board via two free throws from sophomore Josie Shuke.

BG then reeled off the next 13 points, with junior Aurielle Brunner making one of two free throws, Haigh scoring a reverse layup after a steal by senior Jamison Consiglio, Brunner converting a layup and foul shot for a 3-point play, Haigh hitting another 3-pointer from the right corner, senior Blaise Kilmartin making one of two free throws, and Haigh concluding the run with a 3-pointer from the left side.

Haigh credited her team’s superior ball movement for the Lady Marauders’ fast start.

“We’ve been working really hard on moving the ball and executing our offense,” Haigh said. “My teammates were working hard to get us good looks. We executed on offense, and we got the open shots.”

Defense was a big reason why.

“We work hard on the defensive end so we can put the ball in the basket on the offensive end,” Haigh said.

After the first quarter, the Lady Marauders went into cruise control and held serve for the remainder of the game.

Homan scored 12 points and Brunner 10 for Bishop Guilfoyle, which led, 44-16 at halftime and 55-29 after three quarters.

Bedford (2-1 overall, 1-1 conference) got 12 points from sophomore Natalie Lippincott and 10 from sophomore Josie Shuke.

Bedford has no returning starters from last year’s team, and only one senior, Taylor Downs, in its starting lineup.

Bedford coach Mark Dillow knows that the Lady Bisons will be experiencing some growing pains early on this season, but was pleased with their second-half performance Friday. Bedford played the Lady Marauders on basically even terms in the second half, which BG carried by a narrow 27-24 margin.

“The girls played hard in the second half, and they played very well,” Dillow said. “We’re a very young team, with seven underclassmen, one senior, and no returning starters, and I think Bishop Guilfoyle is the team to beat in our conference this year.”

The first quarter proved quite problematic for Bedford.

“We weren’t rotating our zone fast enough, and they were getting into the gaps and getting wide-open shots,” Dillow said. “We were sluggish, and they can shoot the 3-ball. They got off to a quick start.”

BG outrebounded Bedford, 33-25, with Consiglio grabbing a game-high 11.

BG opened the season with a victory at Richland Wednesday night, before beating Bedford Friday.

“Richland and Bedford are both young teams who play hard and are trying to prove themselves in the league this year,” Kaack said. “We thought that we’d be tested early this season. I’m happy that our experience took over tonight.”

Both BG and Bedford will return to action with conference games Monday night. Bishop Guilfoyle hosts Bishop Carroll, and Bedford travels to Johnstown.

BEDFORD (40): Downs 0 0-1 0, Mowry 1 3-6 5, Brown 2 2-3 6, Lippincott 5 2-2 12, Shuke 3 3-6 10, Mortimore 3 0-0 7, Taracatac 0 0-0 0. Totals — 14 10-18 40.

BISHOP GUILFOYLE (71): Wilson 2 0-0 4, Warner 4 0-0 9, Homan 4 4-4 12, Consiglio 1 1-2 3, Haigh 9 6-6 29, Scipioni 0 0-1 0, Kilmartin 0 4-6 4, Brunner 3 3-5 10, Georgiana 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0. Totals — 23 18-24 71.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Bedford 4 12 13 11 — 40

Bishop Guilfoyle 24 20 11 16 — 71

3-point goals: Bedford 2 (Shuke, Mortimore); Bishop Guilfoyle 7 (Haigh, Brunner, Warner).

Records: Bedford (2-1 overall, 1-1 in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference); Bishop Guilfoyle (2-0 overall and in the conference).

JV: Bishop Guilfoyle, 41-24. High scorers–Martz and Taracatac, BED, 7 apiece; Georgiana, BG, 10.

Officials: Sue Kovensky, Craig Andros, Bill Straesser.

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