B-A escapes Tyrone with win

Photo for the Mirror by Chuck Meyers Bellwood-Antis’ Sakeria Haralson elevates for a shot in the lane against Tyrone’s Jaida Parker on Saturday afternoon.

TYRONE — Saturday afternoon had all the makings of another upset at the Reliance Bank Northern Blair Kiwanis Holiday Tournament at Tyrone Area High School Gymnasium.

Bellwood-Antis played from behind for most of the first half, and Alli Campbell had two early fouls and sat the final two minutes of the first half after picking up a third.

But Emilie Leidig hit a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to give the Lady Blue Devils a 20-19 halftime lead, and they didn’t trail again despite fending off a late Lady Eagle rally to defeat rival Tyrone, 50-47.

Bellwood coach Jim Swaney said that his team was fortunate to be able to get through the sluggish start.

“We still found a way to win,” Swaney said. “Give us credit for that. Give Tyrone credit because they’re a very good basketball team. They had a lot of kids that played hard, played well, and they believed in what they were doing and they believed in how they were going to play us and played a great game.”

Campbell was named the tournament’s MVP as the head of the Bellwood offense with 21 points, nine rebounds, two steals and a block. Leidig finished with four 3-pointers for 12 points and was also named a member of the all-tournament team.

Campbell said that all of the competition Bellwood-Antis has faced so early into the season helped her and her teammates bond and grow closer as a team.

“We played some really good competition down at Myrtle Beach and in this tournament as well,” Campbell said. “We’ve given it our all, tried our hardest, and we’ve definitely gotten better from these games.”

Swaney said that having Campbell in foul trouble early on affected the game plan over the final two minutes of the first half, noting a lack of aggression from his girls.

“It takes away from what we want to do, it certainly takes away from our full-court pressure because we can’t afford for her to be too aggressive at that point,” Swaney said. “More than anything, we just needed to be more aggressive on the offensive end in the first half.”

Tyrone got off to another fast start and had the Lady Blue Devils on the ropes early with turnovers that led to a Sydney Shaw 3-pointer and two buckets from Stephanie Ramsey, who along with freshman Jaida Parker, were all-tournament players for the Lady Eagles, to give Tyrone the early 10-5 advantage and 12-8 lead after one.

Parker came a point shy of a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds.

“We did what we wanted to do,” Tyrone coach Luke Rhoades said. “We lost Leidig three times there in the first half, and she hit shots.”

The second half saw fortune start to turn in Bellwood-Antis’ favor, as the Lady Devils came out with more intensity and Campbell drained a 3-pointer and picked up another bucket for a 5-0 B-A spurt to break a 21-all tie.

“Second half, I thought we got out at least a little bit warm,” Swaney said. “We started to at least run them back. I thought the defensive effort — everybody’s defensive effort — but I thought the third quarter, the effort of Emilie Leidig on (Sydney) Shaw, and the effort of Sakeria Haralson playing in the middle (stood out).”

Rhoades said his team executed the game plan to perfection, holding the team that just scored 80 points the night prior to just 50 and hanging within single-digits for most of the time. At the end it came down to missed opportunities at the foul line, as the Lady Eagles finished the night 8-of-16.

“The energy level was great,” Rhoades said. “To hold them to 50 points, you can’t go wrong with that. It’s exactly what we talked about. We just didn’t make foul shots.”

Earlier, Makalyn Clapper scored 19 points as Penn Cambria won over Tussey Mountain, 70-53, in consolation action and was named to the all-tourney team.

Lexi Weimert scored 16 for Tussey and was also named to the all-tourney team.


TYRONE (47): Ramsey 5 3-4 16, Fusco 2 0-0 5, Sh. Shaw 0 0-0 0, Ronan 0 1-4 1, Getz 2 1-4 5, Parker 4 1-2 9, Sy. Shaw 4 2-2 11, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals — 17 8-16 47.

BELLWOOD-ANTIS (50): D’Angelo 2 2-2 8, Jaydyn Shuke 0 2-2 2, Leidig 4 0-0 12, Campbell 6 8-10 21m, Haralson 2 3-6 7, Musselman 0 0-0 0, Decker 0 0-0 0. Totals — 14 15-20 50.


Tyrone 12 7 9 19 — 47

Bellwood-Antis 8 12 15 15 — 50

3-point goals: Tyrone 5 (Ramsey 3, Fusco, Shaw); Bellwood-Antis 7 (D’Angelo 2, Leidig 4, Campbell).

Records: Tyrone (4-3); Bellwood-Antis (6-2).


PENN CAMBRIA (70): Harvey 5 3-4 13, H. Saleme 2 0-0 5, Clapper 8 2-2 19, McCarthy 0 2-2 2, Hockenos 2 2-2 6, Guzic 1 1-2 3, Davis 5 0-0 10, Grove 3 0-0 7, Shuagis 0 0-2 0, Maccia 0 1-2 1, Robatin 1 0-0 2, Kunsman 1 0-0 2. Totals-28 11-16 70.

TUSSEY MOUNTAIN (53): Weimert 7 1-1 16, Brumbaugh 2 3-7 7, Leonard 7 1-1 15, Garner 1 0-0 3, Weaver 0 0-0 0, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Molosky 3 5-7 12, Pork 0 0-0 0. Totals — 20 10-16 53.


Penn Cambria 19 19 15 17 — 70

Tussey Mountain 11 13 11 18 — 53

3-point goals: Penn Cambria 3 (H. Saleme, Clapper, Grove); Tussey Mountain 3 (Weimert, Garner, Molosky).

Records: Penn Cambria (6-3); Tussey Mountain (3-3).


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