Superior will get its shot at title
By Jon Fleck
For the Mirror
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The finals of the Blair Regional YMCA Womens League High School Division are set.
Superior Detailing will look to unseat two-time defending champ DelGrosso’s at 5:30 p.m. Thursday following victories for both teams in Tuesday’s semifinal round.
Superior (Penn Cambria) held off Penns Manor in the first game, 44-37, while DelGrosso’s (Bellwood-Antis) raced past Hippo, Fleming & Pertile (Altoona) in the second game, 61-29.
Alli Campbell poured in a game-high 24 points, Sakeria Harralson scored 12 points, and Emilie Leidig added 11 to lead DelGrosso’s to its third straight championship game.
“It says that you’re a good basketball team, and that if you’re good enough to compete for a championship here, you’re good enough to win championships come winter,” DelGrosso’s coach Jim Swaney said.
DelGrosso’s jumped out to an early 8-2 lead before back-to-back buckets by Riley Reid and Alaina Koehle made it 8-6 with 12 minutes left in the first half.
DelGrosso’s reeled off 11 straight points to take a double-digit lead before Campbell ended the first half with pair of free throws, and a layup off a steal at midcourt, for a 32-15 lead at the break.
After Reid hit a layup to open the second half, DelGrosso’s put the game away with a 22-3 run. Campbell scored nine points during the run, and Leidig had seven.
Altoona fielded a team that competed at the JV level this past high school season against the defending 2A state champs that returns four starters.
Bridgid Fox, Caranda Perea and Olivia Hudson did not play for Hippo Fleming. Hudson’s been out since early summer with a knee injury, but is expected to be ready to go again by early-December, HF&P coach Jordan Griffith said.
“It’s a great learning experience for these younger girls to go up against a team with players like Alli Campbell and Sakeria Harralson. We hung with them a little longer than we did a couple weeks ago,” Griffith said.
Reid led Hippo Fleming with 13 points in the post, and Brooklyn Rupert added five points.
Superior’s berth in the finals came with a little more drama. After jumping out to an early 18-9 lead, the Penn Cambria club got in foul trouble, and Penns Manor worked its way back into the game, primarily from the foul line.
When Autumn Fennell scored on the fast break, and converted the ensuing free throw for a 3-point play midway through the second half, Penns Manor had come all the way back to tie the game at 27.
Superior answered with a 9-2 run and went on to victory. Ryanna Hockenos scored a pair of buckets during the decisive spurt for four of her nine points, and Emmy Harvey threw in a 3-pointer.
When Harvey turned a steal into a layup, Superior lead 36-29. Harvey finished with a team-high 14 points, and Hannah Saleme scored in double-digits as well with 10 points.
“We were able to weather the storm,” Superior coach Keith Saleme said. “We got in foul trouble in the first half and got some plays from girls off the bench, but we expect that out of them.”
SEMIFINAL GAME 1
PENNS MANOR (37): Tomayko 10, Bagley 6, Zayachak 1, Fennell 17, Smith 3.
SUPERIOR DETAILING (44): Harvey 14, Hockenos 9, McCarthy 3, Saleme 10, Clapper 6, Grove 2.
Halftime score: 22-19, Superior Detailing.
3-point goals: Penns Manor 0; Superior Detailing 6 (Harvey 2, McCarthy, Saleme 2, Clapper 1).
SEMIFINAL GAME 2
DELGROSSO’S (61): D’Angelo 8, Shuke 6, Leidig 11, Campbell 24, Harralson 12.
HIPPO, FLEMING & PERTILE (29): Rupert 5, Cherry 3, Reid 13, Koehle 2, Frank 3, Hogan 3.
Halftime score: 32-15, DelGrosso’s.
3-point goals: DelGrosso’s 5 (D’Angelo 2, Leidig, Campbell 2); Hippo, Fleming & Pertile 3 (Cherry, Frank, Hogan).