Lady Devils show no letdown against Damsels
BELLWOOD — Moshannon Valley entered Thursday’s Inter-County Conference North game against Bellwood-Antis not only unbeaten in the league but overall at 8-0.
The Damsels traded baskets with the Lady Blue Devils for about six minutes and trailed by just three after Emma Kitko made a 3-pointer with 2:23 left in the first quarter.
That was about the time the defending PIAA Class 2A champions showed up.
Bellwood-Antis scored the next 23 points and took off on a 33-2 run that extended the lead to 34 in an eventual 77-38 rout.
“They were the next game on our schedule,” Bellwood-Antis coach Jim Swaney said. “We saw them on film, and we thought we had probably played a lot tougher schedule than they have at this point, but that’s a senior-oriented team that has been around the block a couple times. I was very proud of our effort.”
Notre Dame commit Alli Campbell recorded her second straight triple-double with 29 points, 13 rebounds and 10 steals for B-A. She likely could have completed a quadruple-double as she had seven assists when she checked out of the game for good seconds into the fourth quarter.
The stat Swaney seemed most impressed with following the game, however, came from the only new starter this season, Jaydyn Shuke. The 5-foot-9 inch junior finished with 11 points and three 3-pointers for the second game in a row.
“If she can start to consistently give us double figures, then we put teams in a position where all five kids we put on the floor are capable of going for double figures any given night,” Swaney said. “That makes you pretty hard to defend, and it makes us hard to play any type of trick defense against.”
Swaney challenged Shuke to shoot more prior to the Lady Blue Devils’ win over Juniata Valley on Tuesday.
“I definitely feel more confident,” Shuke said. “I knew I was going to need confidence to believe I could put these shots in, and if I miss some, I have to just keep shooting. It’s been feeling really good to see so many go in, because I started slow this season.”
Bellwood-Antis forced 25 Moshannon Valley turnovers, including 18 in the first half.
“We’ve challenged our kids this week,” Swaney said. “We thought we had some defensive breakdowns against Juniata Valley that gave them some uncontested looks. So, we challenged our girls a little bit about playing defense. Basically, if we’re going to have the success we want to have, we’re going to have to do it on the defensive end. I thought that happened tonight.”
McKenzie McCoy and Alexis Knepp each scored eight points for the Damsels, and Kitko and Aubrey Dotts, who had 10 rebounds, both scored seven.
“We will just look forward to our next game,” Moshannon Valley coach Mary Jo Kitko said. “We can’t do anything about it now. We’ll prepare differently for them next time, but we have to play Juniata Valley on Tuesday, so there’s no time to look back.”
Knepp’s 3-pointer at the 6:36 point of the first quarter gave the Damsels a 5-4 lead, and it was 15-12 Bellwood before the huge B-A run basically ended the game before halftime.
“We started off very well,” Mary Jo Kitko said. “Then they just shot really well in the second quarter, and that was hard to defend. They have a lot of size, and that makes it difficult for us. We did the best we could, and I’m proud of our girls.”
MOSHANNON VALLEY (38): Kitko 2 2-2 7, Blake 2 2-2 6, McCoy 4 0-0 8, Knepp 3 0-0 8, Dotts 1 5-6 7, Bubb 1 0-0 2, McClelland 0 0-0 0, Randolph 0 0-0 0. Totals — 13 9-10 38.
BELLWOOD-ANTIS (77): D’Angelo 4 1-3 10, Leidig 5 1-3 14, Campbell 11 5-8 29, Haralson 4 1-2 9, Jayd. Shuke 4 0-0 11, Musselman 0 0-0 0, Decker 1 0-0 2, McCracken 1 0-0 2, Woomer 0 0-0 0, Robinson 0 0-0 0. Totals — 30 8-16 77.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Moshannon Valley 12 5 6 15 — 38
Bellwood-Antis 25 28 17 7 — 77
3-point goals: Moshannon Valley 3 (Knepp 2, Kitko); Bellwood-Antis 9 (D’Angelo, Campbell 2, Leidig 3, Jayd. Shuke 3).
Records: Moshannon Valley (8-1); Bellwood-Antis (10-2)
Officials: Mike Price, Johnny Sloas, Don Bussard
JV: Bellwood-Antis, 56-29. High scorers–Jaidyn McCracken, BA, 17; Ririko Okane, MV, 10.