BCHS splits basketball doubleheader with Guerin Catholic


Grayson Cates

Photo from 2019-20 Season

Patrick Felts, Sports Editor

It was a busy night of basketball at BCHS, as both the boys and girls basketball teams took the court against Circle City Conference rival Guerin Catholic, with the Lady Trojans beating the Golden Eagles 58-41 in the first game of the night, and the boys team falling 63-56 to Guerin in the second game of the night.

In the first game of the night, BCHS dominated from whistle to whistle. 

The Lady Trojans were led by an 18-point performance from junior Moira McGinley and 15 points and six rebounds from junior Zakia Rasheed, and the Golden Eagles were led by Nicole Cunningham with 14 points. 

The most striking statistic of this game was the rebounding differential, as BCHS grabbed 30 rebounds on the night. The Lady Trojans only made four more shots than the Golden Eagles (21-17), but they knocked down six three-pointers and nine free-throws to increase the margin of victory.  

BCHS was tenacious on defense and on the boards all night long, double teaming the ball on the perimeter to force pressure and create turnovers and fighting for loose balls and rebounds. 

Senior forward Mary Borchers said, “Rebounding is the key to any win. If we can keep the other team off the boards, then it creates so many more scoring opportunities for us as a team. Forcing turnovers gets everyone hype and can be the turn in the game we need.”

The win advanced their record to 9-7 on the season, and they will play next in the first round of the city tournament at 6 p.m. against Manual on Monday night. 

Friday also marked the first ever “pack the house” night at BCHS. With a sellout crowd in attendance and over 150 kids in the student section, BCHS students will be allowed to wear sweatpants and spirit wear to school on Monday. Following the end of the first game, Special Olympians from Special Olympics Indiana took the court to play in front of a supportive crowd.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Guerin took an early 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter and held it all night long. The Eagles were led in scoring by Joseph Bobilya with 20 points and Bernie McGuinness with 17 points.

The biggest advantage for Guerin came at the free-throw line. The Golden Eagles made 31-40 free-throws, including 16-20 in the fourth quarter. Half of Bobilya’s 20 points and 11 of McGuinness’s 17 came from free-throws. 

While the Golden Eagles lead by double digits for most of the night, the Trojans made a furious comeback at the end, making it a two-possession game in the closing minutes until Guerin eventually pulled away. The Trojans were led in scoring by senior Edreece Redmond with 17 points and senior Patrick Mastrian with 11 points. 

With the loss, the Trojans fall to 5-3 on the season and 1-2 in conference play. The team will play next at home on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. against Providence Cristo Rey.