GCC's coaching move paid off
It took a crucial defensive switch by Greensburg Central Catholic coach Ed Pultz to secure a 49-37 win over Bishop Guilfoyle last Tuesday in a PIAA Class AA second-round game.
Pultz switched the Centurions from a man-to-man set to a zone defense to try and force the Marauders to beat them from the outside.
"We have done it at different times," Pultz said. "We changed the tempo of the game, and it really worked."
GCC's win marks the first time in two years that the Centurions beat the Marauders in the playoffs.
"I've been asked about revenge (against Bishop Guilfoyle)," said Pultz. "Our team this year is different than last year. The girls played well, and we're pleased with the victory. We're happy we've got the opportunity to move on."
GCC (22-6) will face Lakeview (23-6) in a quarterfinal game at 7:30 p.m. today at Slippery Rock University.
Lakeview defeated Seton LaSalle, 55-44, last Tuesday to earn a trip to the quarterfinals.
"They won the District 10 championship," Pultz said. "District 10 is very competitive, and they are well coached. They have some really strong players."
Coming off the two big wins over Riverview and Bishop Guilfoyle, the Centurions aren't looking toward the finals in Hershey yet.
"The nice thing about this team is that they've kept their focus on the game they're playing," Pultz said. "They focused on the process, and they haven't looked down the road. They focus on their opponent and what they have to do to be successful."
GCC's Maggie Gibson and Ashley Henderson combined for 24 points in the win over Bishop Guilfoyle. Gibson also grabbed 10 rebounds, while Kayla Marghella added 10 points.
Pultz is hoping that starters Gibson, Henderson, Marghella, Lauren Donahoe and Alex Palcic will be as effective against Lakeview as they were against Bishop Guilfoyle. He contends that playing at Clarion in the quarterfinals today won't bother the girls from a home-field advantage standpoint.
"Bishop Guilfoyle had great fan support," Pultz said. "When Bishop Guilfoyle made its run in the third, we also made ours. "This team has grown together over the season and has been showing their maturity."