BG girls cap off wild ride with district title
Seniors deliver in overtime period
CRESSON — With plenty of talented underclassmen and a program on the rise, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic looked like it was a year away from being at the center of area girls basketball again.
Two seniors made sure that future started now Thursday night at Mount Aloysius College in a 52-49 overtime victory against Penns Manor in the District 6 Class 2A championship game.
In the final five minutes of the game, the first coming in regulation and four in overtime, seniors Blaise Kilmartin and Jamison Consiglio scored 11 of the Lady Marauders’ 13 points to secure BG’s first district title since 2014.
“I’m so proud of them and happy for them,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Kristi Kaack said. “Blaise and Jamison are two of the most consistent players on the team. I know what I’m going to get from those two kids every single night, and that’s 100 percent of effort of what they have. Jamison really demanded the ball down low, and she hasn’t really done that this year. It was nice to see.”
Consiglio and Kilmartin combined to make 3-of-4 free throws in the final 30 seconds of regulation to give Bishop Guilfoyle a three-point lead, but Megan Dumm drilled a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
It was Dumm’s late 3-pointer in the semifinals that pushed the Lady Comets past Bishop McCort, 36-34.
Kilmartin, playing big minutes off the bench after Sophia Warner fouled out seconds into the fourth quarter, made a free throw to give the Lady Marauders the lead in overtime. Teresa Haigh followed with a layup, and Kilmartin made two more layups sandwiched around a Dumm free throw that gave Bishop Guilfoyle a 51-45 lead.
Penns Manor scored the next four points, and the Lady Marauders missed a pair of free throws to give the Lady Comets a chance to take the lead. Lauren Dumm’s 3-pointer glanced off the rim into Consiglio’s hands, and she made a free throw to set the final score.
“I wanted to win so bad, not just for myself, but our whole team,” Consiglio said. “I tried to dig down and bring it out of my teammates, too.”
Consiglio finished with nine points and 11 rebounds. Kilmartin scored 10 points and was 6-for-8 from the foul line.
“In that overtime I was praying, ‘God, let us come together even more,’ because honestly, those moments were scary but amazing,” Kilmartin said. “Those were the moments we came together as a team the most.”
In the early moments of the game, it was all Bishop Guilfoyle.
Leah Homan, who led the Lady Marauders with 15 points, made three first-half 3-pointers as BG raced to a 25-10 lead midway through the second quarter.
That was when Penns Manor started to chip away.
The Lady Comets went on a 19-1 run that stretched into the fourth quarter. By the time it was over, they led 29-26.
“We told them there was no nine-point shot or whatever we were down,” Penns Manor coach Jason Miloser said. “We had to do it one defensive stop at a time, and the girls did such a great job of continuing to battle, play one possession at a time and we got back into the game.”
Homan made a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter, but Penns Manor scored the next four points.
Consiglio’s layup and two free throws from Kilmartin tied it again, and the Lady Marauders took the lead after Aurielle Brunner stole a pass and made a layup. Bishop Guilfoyle went up by as many as six before Penns Manor battled back again.
But the Lady Marauders never folded.
“All last year, all that losing, and then we had some tough losses this year,” Homan said. “They taught us a lot about how to win and not to give up. We had the experience for when we got into a tough situation, and we were mentally strong enough to come back.”
Bishop Guilfoyle has won six games in a row since a loss to Bishop McCort dropped it from the No. 3 seed to the No. 4 seed in District 6 late in the regular season. Those wins include not only Thursday’s district title win but a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference championship.
“People laugh at me, but the two greatest things that happened to us were the losses to Central Cambria and Bishop McCort right before the Laurel Highlands playoffs,” Kaack said. “I think that woke us up a little bit. We realized that if we aren’t bringing our ‘A’ game every night, we’re going to lose. All of a sudden, we’re in a playoff situation where if you lose you’re done, and these kids are ready to play.”
Penns Manor, which got a game-high 16 points from Megan Dumm, will play Serra Catholic in the first round of the state playoffs on Feb. 6.
“It was a great high school basketball game the whole way through,” Miloser said. “Credit to BG. They did a very nice job of getting that lead, and that led to us having to take a couple chances out of position. They capitalized on it, and that’s what great teams do.”
Bishop Guilfoyle will play the loser of tonight’s Everett-Windber District 5 Class 2A championship. Bellwood-Antis and Bishop McCort will also participate in the state playoffs after taking part in a very competitive district tournament.
“It’s so hard,” Kaack said. “I’m a kid that comes from what is now a 6A school (Altoona). That was a cakewalk for us. This is the most challenging bracket in the area, but I’m going to tell you, winning it is rewarding and a lot of fun. We’re battle tested, and we’re going to be ready going into the state playoffs because of the teams we had to play to get there.”
PENNS MANOR (49): L. Dumm 4 2-2 11, Bagley 4 2-4 10, Smith 1 6-6 8, M. Dumm 6 2-5 16, Zayachak 0 0-0 0, Peterman 2 0-0 4. Totals — 17 12-17 52.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (52): Warner 2 0-0 4, Haigh 3 0-0 6, Consiglio 3 3-4 9, Brunner 3 0-2 8, Homan 5 1-2 15, Kilmartin 2 6-8 10, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Scipioni 0 0-0 0. Totals — 18 10-16 49.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Penns Manor 6 10 13 15 5 — 49
Bishop Guilfoyle 13 12 1 18 8 — 52
3-point goals: Penns Manor 3 (M. Dumm 2, L. Dumm); Bishop Guilfoyle 6 (Homan 4, Brunner 2).
Records: Penns Manor (23-3); Bishop Guilfoyle (20-6).
Officials: Terri Piatak, Vicki Markiewicz, Keith Redfoot.