PIAA Girls Basketball Capsule
Class 2A championship
West Catholic (12-1) vs. Bellwood-Antis (6-3)
Teams: Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils (27-3); West Catholic Lady Burrs (16-12).
Site, time: Giant Center, Hershey, noon.
The coaches: Bellwood-Antis — Jim Swaney (184-32 in eight years at Bellwood-Antis; 463-226 in 26 years overall). West Catholic — Beulah Osueke (47-71, fifth year).
Playoff path: Bellwood-Antis — defeated Homer-Center, 89-65, in the District 6 quarterfinals; lost to Blairsville, 44-37, in the District 6 semifinals; defeated Penns Manor, 76-48, in the District 6 consolation; defeated Kane, 69-40, in the PIAA first round; defeated West Middlesex, 70-53, in the PIAA second round; defeated Chartiers-Houston, 63-48, in the PIAA quarterfinals; defeated Blairsville, 41-36, in the PIAA semifinals. West Catholic — defeated Motivation, 58-12, in the District 12 championship; defeated Steelton-Highspire, 76-45, in the PIAA first round; defeated Southern Columbia, 67-53, in the PIAA second round; defeated Mahanoy Area, 50-49, in the PIAA quarterfinals; defeated Penns Manor, 50-48 (OT), in the PIAA semifinals.
Starting lineups: Bellwood-Antis — G Riley D’Angelo (10, 5-6 jr., 10.3), G Emilie Leidig (20, 5-6 so., 11.9), G-F Alli Campbell (21, 6-0 so., 26.1), F Tina Hollen (23, 5-7 sr., 6.0), C Sakeria Haralson (22, 6-0 so., 12.7). West Catholic — G Tamiah Robinson (1, 5-6 so., 13.9), G Jaelyn Durrett (25, 5-6 sr., 6.1), F Safara McIntyre (5, 5-7 fr., 0.3), F Daja Hosendorf (23, 5-10 jr., 4.0), C Kyliah Singletary (33, 5-9 jr.,5.6).
Key reserves: Bellwood-Antis — G Jaydyn Shuke (11, 5-7 so., 1.2), G Macy Decker (5, 5-6 so., 2.1), F Olivia Musselman (44, 5-9 so., 0.5). West Catholic — G Destiny McPhaul (2, 5-8 fr., 11.8), F Amiyah Edney (4, 5-9 jr., 7.8).
What the winner gets: The PIAA championship.
Notable: Bellwood-Antis makes its second trip to the PIAA finals. The Lady Devils lost to Nativity BVM of Pottsville, 54-40, in the 1990 Class 1A title game. … Bellwood is the third straight team from the region to reach this point. The Lady Devils lost to Bishop McCort in last year’s PIAA semifinals. In 2016, North Star beat McCort in the semifinal round. … The last area team to get this far in Class 2A was Northern Cambria in 2008, when the Lady Colts fell to York Catholic. … District 6 teams are 3-9 in Class 2A PIAA girls finals. … Campbell, who has more than two dozen Division I scholarship offers, already has 1,311 career points. She’s averaging 8.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists. … Haralson averages 10.2 rebounds. … Bellwood is 85-for-109 at the foul line in the playoffs. … This is the fourth consecutive year the Lady Burrs have qualified for states. They lost in last year’s quarterfinals to eventual PIAA champion Minersville. … The Lady Burrs were 0-18 in the PIAA tournament before last year’s two wins. … West Catholic comes out of the Philadelphia Catholic League, which also includes Class 5A state semifinalist Archbishop Carroll; Carroll is the school to which former Bishop Guilfoyle player Harlem Jennings transferred this season.
— Philip Cmor