Haigh leads BG over Portage
JOHNSTOWN — Bishop Guilfoyle and Portage battled Friday afternoon in day 2 of the High School Holiday Shootout at 1st Summit Arena at the War Memorial in Johnstown.
The matchup featured two of the area’s better teams, and two of the better players in Kara Dividock of Portage and Teresa Haigh of Bishop Guilfoyle. Haigh got the better of the matchup, scoring 15 of her game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Marauders past the Mustangs, 66-53.
“What I’m most proud about Teresa today was that the game did not start the way she would have liked, but she stuck with it,” Bishop Guilfoyle assistant coach Adam Kaack said. “She didn’t just settle for the 3. She did hit some late, that’s her game, but she didn’t force things. She let it come to her. She got some easy buckets right at the basket and in the paint.”
The game had a series of offensive spurts and defensive strong play by both teams. The teams traded baskets for most of the opening frame. Arianna Wozniak of Portage scored a layup to tie the game 11-11 with 2:39 left in the first quarter. However, the Marauders closed the quarter on a 6-0 run. Leah Homan hit a 3-pointer to push Bishop Guilfoyle into the lead. Haigh added a trey late in the frame to give BG a 17-11 lead after eight minutes.
The defenses took control in the second quarter. Both teams combined to make only five field goals. Portage made only 3 of 11 free throws in the period and outscored the Marauders 10-8 to trail 25-21 at the half.
“It’s frustrating,” Portage coach Lance Hudak said of the free throw misses. “We have won six games, but even in those six games they could have been a much different score, a much better score, if we converted free throws. As a team, we are not shooting them very well.”
The Mustangs cut the BG lead to two points twice early in the second half, but couldn’t get stops on defense to have a chance for the tie. Aurielle Brunner and Homan hit key 3-pointers to keep BG in the lead. The Marauders closed the third quarter on a 14-4 run to get some cushion. Haigh hit a 3-pointer with under a minute left in the quarter to push the lead to nine points, and Homan added another trey at the third quarter buzzer to give Bishop Guilfoyle a 10-point lead.
Dividock made three free throws early in the final frame, but Haigh responded with another trey for BG. Haigh netted four baskets and was 6-of-7 from the foul line in the final quarter en route to earning player of the game honors.
“I think the game got really intense, so we all played up to that level we knew we had to play at to compete in this game,” Haigh said. “We also broke the press really well, which is something we have been working on doing. I think that really opened up the floor for open shots.”
Despite the loss, Hudak was excited to play in the Shootout the last two days.
“I grew up coming here over the holidays with my family to watch basketball,” said Hudak. “It’s one thing to be a part of this and play in this venue, but we also get to play top notch competition. Bishop Guilfoyle is a helluva basketball team. They are long and athletic. That’s what we want at Portage, to play the best we can.”
Kaack also talked after the game about the strong competition.
“They are a good group,” Kaack said of Portage’s team. “We saw them in the fall league at The Summit. We’ve seen that type of defense a few games in a row, and we expect more of that against Forest Hills (Monday).”
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (63): Brunner 1 5-6 8, Haigh 9 8-11 30, Homan 5 0-1 12, Warner 2 0-0 4, Consiglio 1 4-4 6, Kilmartin 1 2-3 6, Scipioni 0 0-0 0. Totals — 19 19-25 66.
PORTAGE (53): Sossong 1 4-6 7, Shaffer 1 2-3 4, Riskus 5 5-9 16, Kissell 1 1-4 3, Dividock 5 5-7 19, Sease 0 0-0 0, Hudak 0 0-0 0, Wozniak 1 0-0 2, Swank 1 0-0 2, Giordano 0 0-0 0, Alexander 0 0-0 0. Totals — 15 17-29 53.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop Guilfoyle 17 8 20 21–66
Portage 11 10 14 18–53
3-point field goals: Bishop Guilfoyle 7 (Haigh 4, Homan 2, Brunner); Portage 6 (Dividock 4, Sossong, Riskus).
Records: Bishop Guilfoyle (5-1); Portage (6-1).