Bellwood, Altoona to meet in final

Photo for the Mirror by Isaac Ritchey Hippo, Fleming & Pertile’s Brooklyn Rupert drives around McLanahan Corporation’s Taylor Smith on Tuesday.

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A pair of future Division I college basketball players led their respective teams to the Blair Regional YMCA Women’s Summer League high school division championship game Tuesday.

Notre Dame commit and Bellwood-Antis rising senior Alli Campbell scored 41 of DelGrosso’s 54 points in a four-point victory over Mayes Memorial (Tyrone) before George Washington commit and Altoona senior-to-be Caranda Perea led Hippo, Fleming & Pertile to a 38-31 win over McLanahan Corporation (Hollidaysburg).

The teams will meet in Thursday’s final at 5:30 p.m.

DelGrosso’s won the regular-season game in overtime.

“I’d like to see us work on our floor spacing,” Hippo, Fleming & Pertile coach Chris Fleegle said. “I want to make teams guard all five of our players, not just one person. If we can spread teams out, we can create some mismatches. Our hands will be full defensively, because Alli is phenomenal.”

Campbell played all 40 minutes in her team’s semifinal victory and looked strong throughout the game. When DelGrosso’s needed it, Campbell was able to post up and score inside after starting the game hot from 3-point range.

“I’ve been lifting four to five days a week in June,” Campbell said. “In July, I was a away a lot playing in tournaments, but I’m getting back into that. It helps a lot, because you feel so much stronger out there and you’re able to do more with the ball inside.”

The Bellwood entry was without Sakeria Haralson and Macy Decker, who both played big roles on last year’s state championship team.

“The big floor had us gassed a little bit,” DelGrosso’s coach Kylie Longo said. “We had a lot of kids away, and so we had some kids that had to step up and play big minutes for us start to finish, but I think we held our composure well. We just didn’t have our legs under us.”

Mayes Memorial fell behind, 10-1, but battled back to within two on Lindsay Fusco’s layup with 19.2 seconds left. Campbell made one of two free throws with 15.4 seconds remaining, leaving the door open for the Tyrone entry, but the DelGrosso’s defense held strong, and Emilie Leidig made a free throw with 3.1 seconds left to seal the game.

“Alli played outstanding,” Mayes Memorial coach Luke Rhoades said. “She’s a top player, there’s no doubt about it. But after we got down early, we stuck with them and gave them a game. We just want to keep getting better. That’s our goal.”

Jaida Parker, who will be a sophomore at Tyrone this year, led Mayes with 21 points.

“Parker is a heck of a player,” Longo said. “She’s going to be very good. She’s aggressive, she’s strong, she’s an athlete and gave us everything she had.”

The other semifinal game played out like a typical Hollidaysburg-Altoona clash in that it was physical and low scoring. McLanahan Corporation pulled within four points with four minutes to go, but Adalynn Cherry scored five of Hippo, Fleming & Pertile’s final seven points after being held to just three points in the first 36 minutes.

“Cherry is very good,” McLanahan Corporation coach Dean Adams said. “Syd (Lear) did a great job containing her.”

Perea finished with a team-high 11 points and seemed to avoid an injury scare when she was helped off the floor with 14:07 to play. She returned about 30 seconds later and played the rest of the game.

“We have a lot of toughness and a lot of heart,” Fleegle said. “We have been preaching as a staff to have togetherness as a team. Tonight wasn’t easy. Hollidaysburg is an extremely well-coached team. I’ve been on the rivalry on the boys and girls side on both sides, and it’s always going to be tough. But the girls stayed together and had an answer, and I think that is what is important.”

Marin Miller led the Hollidaysburg entry with 15 points.

“We played a lot of younger kids,” Adams said. “We had some older kids miss time, and the younger kids are seeing how we want to play and what the competition is out there.”

FIRST GAME

MAYES MEMORIAL (TYRONE) (50): Saltsgiver 0 0-0 0, Parker 9 1-4 21, Shaw 1 0-0 3, Getz 3 1-2 7, Fusco 2 3-4 8, Gibbons 3 3-5 9, Lewis 1 0-0 2. Totals — 19 8-15 50.

DELGROSSO’S (BELLWOOD-ANTIS) (54): Campbell 15 6-11 41, Jayd. Shuke 0 0-0 0, Leidig 2 3-5 9, McCracken 1 0-0 2, Musselman 0 0-0 0, Woomer 1 0-0 2, Robinson 0 0-0 0, Jayl. Shuke 0 0-0 0. Totals — 19 9-16 54.

SCORE BY HALVES

Mayes Memorial 28 22 — 50

DelGrosso’s 35 19 — 54

3-point goals: Mayes Memorial 4 (Parker 2, Shaw, Fusco); DelGrosso’s 6 (Campbell 4, Leidig 2).

SECOND GAME

McLANAHAN CORPORATION (HOLLIDAYSBURG) (31): Smith 1 1-4 3, Lear 2 2-3 6, Hatajik 1 0-0 2, Miller 6 1-3 15, Merriman 0 1-2 1, Bell 1 0-1 2, Stitt 1 0-0 2. Totals — 12 5-13 31.

HIPPO, FLEMING & PERTILE (ALTOONA) (38): Perea 5 0-0 11, Rupert 1 2-4 5, Gibson 2 2-2 6, Cherry 3 1-1 8, Webber 2 2-2 8, Burchfield 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-1 0, Frank 0 0-0 0. Totals — 13 7-10 38.

SCORE BY HALVES

McLanahan Corp. 11 20 — 31

Hippo, Fleming & Pertile 17 21 — 38

3-point goals: McLanahan Corp. 2 (Miller 2); Hippo, Fleming & Pertile 5 (Webber 2, Perea, Rupert, Cherry).

Officials: Sue Kovensky, Denny Detwiler, Keith Redfoot

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