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Bishop Guilfoyle girls win PIAA Class 1A state championship

Photo from PIAA Twitter: Bishop Guilfoyle state champions

The Bishop Guilfoyle girls captured the seventh state championship in the program’s storied history with a 62-47 win over Jenkintown in the Class 1A title game Friday afternoon at the Giant Center in Hershey.

The Lady Marauders took control of the game with an 18-2 run in the first half and led 29-21 at the break. BG’s balanced scoring attack helped blow the game open in the third quarter, and the lead was 49-33 heading into the final quarter.

Bishop Guilfoyle’s other state titles came in 1984, 1991, 1993, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

This is the first state championship for BG coach Kristi Kaack, who’s in her third season with the program. Kaack was a standout player at Altoona but twice lost in the Western finals during her playing career.

PODCAST: BG play-by-play voice Nate Bowen discusses the state championship game victory on “Sports Central with Cory Giger”

 

All five BG starters scored at least eight points in a total team effort, with four reaching double figures.

Teresa Haigh led BG with 16 points. Leah Homan had 14 points and 13 rebounds, plus she went over 1,000 career points and was named player of the game.

Dani Scipioni and Aurielle Brunner had 11 points apiece for the Lady Marauders, while Sophia Warner had eight.

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BG made just 1-of-7 3-pointers in the first half, but buried 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in the third quarter to help blow the game open.

The Lady Marauders finished the season with a 17-4 record, while Jenkintown lost for just the second time and finished 18-2.

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