ONEONTA – Good things happen for Bainbridge-Guilford when senior Morgan Bullis is on the floor.
The Bobcats forward fouled out in an early-season meeting with Delhi. Saturday afternoon in the Midstate Athletic Conference girls’ basketball championship game, Bullis was available for all 32 minutes in B-G’s 44-37 victory at the Oneonta State Alumni Field House.
Bullis scored 19 points, pulled down 20 boards, and had five steals as the Bobcats won their fourth MAC title and fifth league title overall in head coach Bob Conway’s 24-year tenure.
“We were up 18 the first time we played them, I fouled out, and we lost,” Bullis said, a fourth-year varsity player. “The rest of my team was saying (before the game), ‘Morgan, you have to stay on the court, you have to stay on the court.’ I just kept telling myself, ‘composure.’”
Bullis was composed, but so, too were the rest of the Bobcats’ players including eighth-grader Abi Selfridge, owner of a 10-point, 8-rebound night off the bench, and freshman Megan Palmatier, who scored nine points to go with eight boards. Fellow senior Taylor Palmatier didn’t have her best scoring night, but delivered numerous quality passes, and was an integral part of a Bobcats team that allowed just nine combined Delhi points in the middle two quarters to take a 10-point lead into the fourth.
B-G coach Bob Conway knew Delhi and its deep bench would make a late run, and was glad his team had a little bit of a cushion.
“They’re athletic, they play 12 kids, and they keep coming at you,” Conway said of the Bulldogs. “I knew we probably would get tired, but after they cut it to three, we did a nice job of running some offense. We didn’t score, but we got ourselves back under control.”
The Bulldogs, who had just one loss entering the game, started their fourth-quarter move with just under 4 1/2 minutes left in the game on Logan Bruce’s two free throws. That bucket initiated an 11-4 spurt, and when Adelena Sackett drove for a layup, her club was within 38-35 with 1:27 left...