Two in a row for DelGrosso’s
By Jon Fleck
For the Mirror
HOLLIDAYSBURG — DelGrosso’s had the ball at the end of both regulation and the first overtime with a chance to win the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA Womens High School Division championship but couldn’t score.
The Bellwood-Antis team got it done early in the second overtime, however. Alli Campbell scored five quick points, helping DelGrosso’s down Hippo, Fleming & Pertile, 32-28, Tuesday to win the summer league title for the second straight year.
Campbell split a pair of defenders and scored going to the rim to open the second overtime, then knocked down a 3-pointer moments later that put DelGrosso’s up 28-23 on the Altoona team.
“I got past the two defenders and it just opened up,” Campbell said about the layup that gave her team the lead. “Hopefully, this is the beginning of another great season.”
HF&P’s Jess Stevens answered with a 3-point play, but Campbell and Riley D’Angelo sank four straight free throws to sew up the win.
“Alli has a very high basketball IQ and just continues growing. She knows when to attack and not to attack,” DelGrosso’s coach Kyley Longo said.
Campbell knocked down four 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 22 points. She also led the team with nine rebounds.
Sakeria Harrelson, who played for Altoona before her family moved to the Bellwood-Antis School District, grabbed eight rebounds for DelGrosso’s.
Harrelson gives the team a strong inside presence, Longo said.
“We’ve had tall kids who did a nice job, but we’ve never had a real back-to-the-basket post player. She has a great attitude and is a real workhorse. I can’t wait to get back in the gym and continue working with her,” the coach said.
Kayley Burke led Hippo Fleming with nine points. Her free throw with 1:51 to go in regulation tied the game 23-23.
Burke missed the second foul shot, but Caranda Perea grabbed the rebound for Hippo Fleming. It was one of a game-high 11 rebounds for the Altoona sophomore.
Campbell’s steal with 1:30 left gave DelGrosso’s the ball back, but the team couldn’t get a shot off until Campbell threw up a desperation shot from well behind the 3-point line as time expired.
Hippo Fleming had fouls to give before putting DelGrosso’s in the bonus and used them to drain the clock without allowing DelGrosso’s to put up a shot.
Both teams got just one possession in the first overtime. Neither scored.
“We knew it would be a hard fought game,” Hippo Fleming coach Miriam Colledge said. “We had a lot of young kids running our offense. It was beneficial for them to experience a tight game at this level.”
Hippo Fleming’s Olivia Hudson was injured in the semifinals and did not play Tuesday.
“With Olivia out, we had to change the game plan,” Colledge said. “We executed about as we could. Just came a little short at the end. We graduated a lot of kids and have some big shoes to fill. This is the beginning of that process.”
Hippo Fleming jumped out to an early lead. Stevie Webber hit a 3-pointer followed by a Perea basket down low for a 7-2 advantage, but DelGrosso’s held the Altoona squad to just 19 points the rest of the way.
“Our defense played great in the second half and overtime. Hands down that’s what did it for us,” Longo said. “This is a very competitive league. It’s tough to win this league one year let alone two what with having to play the alumni teams and girls travelling with their AAU teams.”
DELGROSSO’S (32): D’Angelo 0 2-2 2, Harrison 1 1-4 3, Leidig 0 0-0 0, Campbell 8 2-2 22, Hollen 2 0-0 4, Shuke 0 1-2 1, Musselman 0 0-0 0. Totals — 11 6-10 32.
HIPPO, FLEMING & PERTILE (28): Burke 4 1-6 9, Lear 1 0-2 3, Stevens 3 1-1 7, Webber 1 0-0 3, Perea 3 0-0 6, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Cherry 0 0-0 0. Totals — 12 2-9 28.
Halftime score: 14-12 (D). End of regulation: 23-23. End of 1st overtime: 23-23.
3-pointers: DelGrosso’s 4 (Campbell 4); Hippo, Fleming & Pertile 2 (Lear, Webber).
Referees: Sue Kovensky, Bill Pfeffer, Dennis Detwiler.