BG girls cruise past WH

It may have been a competitive start, but the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic girls basketball team made sure to leave no doubt once the second quarter started.

The Lady Marauders (11-3) shut out Westmont Hilltop (5-9) in the second frame and went on a 12-0 run as they pounded the Lady Hilltoppers, 60-25, in Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference match up Friday night at the Pleasant Valley Gymnasium.

BG’s acting head coach Adam Kaack said he’s never seen that before.

“Mount Aloysius with the shot clock, that definitely doesn’t happen,” he said. “We have that capability on the defensive end to really bother teams. We’re still learning how to do things like that. The fact that it happened is a tip of the cap to the girls.”

That defensive effort started right away in the first quarter as Leah Homan’s steal set up Sophia Warner to pick up the bonus opportunity on a lay up as part of a 9-2 run.

Later Warner would score a lay up and a jumper in matter of 30 seconds to make it 18-13 after the opening stanza. She was one of four Lady Marauders finishing the evening in double figures with 12 points while Homan added 13.

Neither team registered a bucket until about halfway through the second quarter when Aurielle Brunner deposited a three-pointer to set off the 12-0 run for BG capped off by a hook shot from under the bucket from Teresa Haigh as it took a 30-13 lead into the locker room.

“We’ve been struggling to score in most of our games,” Westmont Hilltop coach Ron Flick said. “They play hard, we knew we’d have to match their intensity, their defense.

“They know how to play. I thought we did a relatively good job the first part of the game. We’ve just struggled to score all season. When we get speeded up, we just don’t put the ball in the hoop.”

Haigh led all scorers with 14 points while Brunner added 10.

Coming out of the locker room it was more Haigh for the Lady Marauders as she put away a turn around jumper with under 4 minutes left on her way to scoring nine points in the quarter.

“They’re very crafty with the basketball,” Flick said. “They understand we’re playing man defense. We’re not going to sit in a zone and let them kill us from the three point line.

“We’re going to play man and try to man up with them. They understand how to move.”

Kaack is looking forward to seeing just how much his team has grown as the playoff picture comes into focus.

“District 6 2A especially as we walked into the playoffs last year, we knew the strength of double A,” he said. “There’s going to be a good competitive bunch that’s ready to battle. If we can include our names in that mix, that’s just a really nice compliment to where the girls have taken this thing in a short year.”

BG will now head to Cambria Heights on Monday.

WESTMONT HILLTOP (25): Gardill 3 0-0 9, Berg 2 3-3 7, Faight 1 0-0 3, Lavis 2 0-0 4, Rozich 1 0-0 2, Brawley 0 0-0 0, Er. Merrits 0 0-0 0, Krall 0 0-2 0, Shingler 0 0-0 0, Em. Merrits 0 0-0 0, Gotroth 0 0-0 0. Totals — 9 3-7 25.

BISHOP GUILFOYLE (60): Brunner 4 0-1 10, Consiglio 2 0-0 4, Warner 5 2-3 12, Homan 5 0-0 13, Haigh 5 3-3 14,Kilmartin 1 2-2 4, Scipioni 0 3-4 3, Anderson 0 0-0 0, M. Hooper 0 0-0 0, Bagley 0 0-0 0, Georgiana 0 0-0 0. Totals — 22 10-12 60.


Westmont Hilltop 13 0 5 7 — 25

Bishop Guilfoyle 18 12 13 17 — 60

3-point goals: Westmont Hilltop 4 (Gardill 3, Faight); Bishop Guilfoyle 6 (Brunner 2, Homan 3, Haigh).

Records: Westmont Hilltop (5-9, 3-6 LHAC); Bishop Guilfoyle (11-3, 8-2 LHAC).

Officials: Frank Garritano, Chuck Glasser, Chris Garritano.

JV: Bishop Guilfoyle, 38-29. High scorers–Carissa Krall, WH, 11; Giana Georgiana, BG, 10.


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