Lady Blue Devils romp over Lady Bulldogs

BELLWOOD — The Bellwood-Antis High School girls basketball team poses a tough challenge for Inter-County Conference opponents that put a completely healthy lineup on the court.

For a Claysburg-Kimmel team down two starters, the challenge became that much more difficult.

Bellwood jumped out to a 17-2 lead over the limited Lady Bulldogs and led 32-9 after one quarter on its way to a 76-16 win to remain one game back of Juniata Valley in the ICC North Division.

“They had a couple good players out, and we wanted to take advantage of that. Make it a full-court game and get going early,” B-A coach Jim Swaney said.

Starting with Alli Campbell’s layup off the opening tip, Bellwood ran the floor throughout, scoring one layup after another on its way to a 48-12 halftime lead. The Lady Devils shot well from long range as well, hitting 6-of-12 3-point attempts.

“We’re really short-handed right now,” C-K coach Jess Veverka said. “Megan Hartman’s out with a knee injury, and Olivia Locke is sick.”

Campbell led Bellwood with 19 points, Emilie Leidig scored 12 points and Riley D’Angelo added nine points. Emily Claar led Claysburg with 13 points.

Tina Hollen, the lone Bellwood senior, grabbed a team-high six rebounds and had six steals, one shy of D’Angelo for the team lead. She also added six points.

“Tina Hollen does so much for us. She brings a lot of strengths to the team that don’t get a lot of notice,” Swaney said. “She’s a solid defender, rebounds well and can handle the basketball.”

Sakeria Haralson scored eight points in the first 4:30 of the game for Bellwood before leaving the game injured. The sophomore forward hurt her right ankle going up for a shot under the Bellwood basket and did not return.

Swaney said she’ll rest the ankle over the weekend and be reevaluated Monday. Bellwood’s next game is Tuesday at Williamsburg.

“Hopefully, she’ll be fine, and it won’t be too long until she’s healthy and back in the fold,” Swaney said. “Moving on into district and inter-district play, it’ll be hard playing without her. She’s such a force in the middle.”

Bellwood improved to 12-2, 6-1 in the ICC North. Claysburg fell to 8-5, 3-3 in conference play.

“We’re getting better every week,” Swaney said. “We’re a young group. We start three sophomores. We only have two starters back from last year’s team. We’re a young basketball team, but if we keep improving, I think we’ll be a force to be reckoned with by the end of the year.”

CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL (16): Kennedy 0 0-0 0, Cavender 0 1-2 1, Clemens 0 0-0 0, Claar 5 2-3 13, Carson 0 0-0 0, Claycomb 1 0-0 2, Gill 0 0-0 0. Totals — 6 3-5 16.

BELLWOOD-ANTIS (76): D’Angelo 3 2-2 9, Leidig 5 0-1 12, Campbell 9 0-0 19, Haralson 4 0-0 8, Hollen 2 2-2 6, Decker 2 1-2 7, Shuke 1 1-2 3, Musselman 1 2-2 4, Woomer 3 0-0 6, Abbott 0 0-0 0, Wagner 0 0-0 0, Robison 1 0-0 2. Totals — 31 8-11 76.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Claysburg-Kimmel 9 3 1 3 — 16

Bellwood-Antis 32 16 14 14 — 76

3-point goals: Claysburg-Kimmel 1 (Claar); Bellwood-Antis 6 (D’Angelo, Leidig 2, Campbell, Decker 2).

Records: Claysburg-Kimmel (8-5, 3-3 ICC North); Bellwood-Antis (12-2, 6-1 ICC North).

JV: No game.

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