Bishop McCort vs. Cambria Heights Girls' Basketball

Bishop McCort’s Brittany Genday (right) looks to the hoop against Cambria Heights’ Kristie Malloy on Wednesday.

Cambria Heights pulled even at 11 with about two minutes remaining in the first quarter at Bishop McCort on Wednesday.

Suddenly, McCort shifted into overdrive, turning up the defensive pressure and converting turnovers into points during an 11-0 run in a span of only a minute, 56 seconds of game clock.

That spurt put coach John Hahn’s Crushers on track to a 69-53 Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference victory.

“We just thought if we would keep the pressure up on this end of the floor and make them work the whole floor, later on it would pay off and we’d get some easy steals,” Hahn said after his squad improved to 4-0 overall, 2-0 in the LHAC. “I think the full-court pressure kind of took them out of their rhythm. We just extended the floor on them.”

Point guard Brittany Genday had a game-high 21 points, including 11 in the opening half. Brooke Pioli had 11 points as 10 McCort players registered at least a point.

“The depth is a key for us,” Hahn said. “(Lindsay) Buchan and (Sarah) Pastorek are both sophomores and we’re bringing them on a little slow. (Breanne) Hajko gives us great depth and she stepped up big for us. We’re eight, nine or 10 deep.”

Heights (2-2, 0-2) took a 5-2 advantage on Lynsey Bodek’s 3-pointer in the opening minutes. Amber Dubyak converted a steal into a layup with 2:13 showing to tie it at 11.

McCort scored the final five points of the first quarter over 1:06, with Genday beating the buzzer after a Highlanders turnover. The Crushers netted six points in the opening 50 seconds of the second quarter.

“I think we panicked,” Highlanders coach Lee Stanek said. “We knew coming in that they were going to play uptempo. But we didn’t show any patience on offense. We threw up five or six 3’s in a row. We didn’t make any of them. We got no rebounds and that turned the game.”

Dubyak had a phenomenal all-around effort, scoring 20 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, blocking five shots and making six steals.

She is seven rebounds away from the 1,000 career rebound milestone.

“She is awesome,” Stanek said. “I noticed when she walked off the floor even the McCort people applauded. The last two games, Westmont and tonight, she played her best two games. She’s a great kid.”

Hahn praised Dubyak, stating his team’s goal was to tire out the senior.

“Obviously that didn’t happen,” Hahn said.

Heights’ Kristie Malloy hit four 3-pointers and had 14 points.

“Malloy is only a sophomore and she’s learning,” Stanek said. “She did a lot of good things.”

The Crushers followed Genday’s lead while taking control of the contest.

“Brittany Genday settled down,” Hahn said. “She knows I want to get it inside. I think she’s starting to come into her own and starting to see the whole floor. When that happens she shoots better. I just expect her to get better and better.”

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