Campbell sets Blair record
CLAYSBURG — Alli Campbell tied the all-time Blair County scoring record for any basketball player, boys or girls, with a 3-pointer in Tuesday night’s game at Claysburg-Kimmel. Moments later, the Bellwood-Antis senior broke the record — previously held by former teammate Karson Swogger — by driving the baseline and finishing on a reverse layup.
It was a fitting sequence for Campbell, who has spent her career working on becoming a more versatile threat.
“If you go back and look at a picture of her as a freshman and look at a picture of her now, she’s so much bigger in the upper body it’s ridiculous,” Bellwood-Antis coach Jim Swaney said. “She’s gotten into the weight room and worked out a lot. She’s made herself a lot stronger, and as a freshman, if you look at our tapes, she didn’t score much inside. Now she’s as big of a threat inside as she is outside. That’s added to her development as a player.”
Campbell finished the game with 35 points to bring her career total to 2,551 as Bellwood-Antis pulled away from Claysburg-Kimmel in a 76-44 victory.
“It feels pretty amazing right now,” Campbell said. “A lot of great players have come out of this county, and for my name to be at the top of the list is truly humbling.”
One of those players, Swogger, set the previous Blair County scoring mark of 2,520 points during Campbell’s freshman year.
“I’m really happy for her,” Swogger said. “That feeling of breaking that record is awesome. I’m glad she gets to experience that, because that’s a once-in-a-lifetime feeling. I’m sure she’s put in a lot of work. It was great playing with her.”
Campbell said playing with Swogger that season, in which the Lady Blue Devils made it to the PIAA semifinals, helped her development.
“Freshman year was a year of learning and ups and downs,” Campbell said. “I learned a lot that year, playing with her.”
The Notre Dame-commit could have broken the record at home last Friday but pulled herself from the game before the fourth quarter so that Swaney didn’t have to share the spotlight during his 500th career win.
“I know firsthand how great of a player Karson Swogger was, so I think that even adds to what an accomplishment this is,” Swaney said. “That Alli would break that record is amazing. We’re proud that they both played for us. It couldn’t happen to two greater players and nicer kids.”
Tuesday’s game was competitive until a 13-1 run midway through the second quarter highlighted by a Campbell steal and a 3-pointer. Emilie Leidig added 17 points, and Sakeria Haralson scored 14 points in the paint.
Megan Hartman led the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points. Bailey Garver had 11 points, and Rebekah Claar scored 10 for C-K.
“We’re playing very good basketball right now,” Swaney said. “We’re doing a great job of finding the open person and keeping the floor spaced. We’re running the floor, and I don’t know that there’s a better post player in the state at running the floor than Sakeria Haralson. If we keep improving like this, we could be a tough team to beat.”
Campbell still has plenty of time to build on her record and could reach 3,000 points if the Lady Blue Devils make another long state playoff run.
“If that happens, it happens,” Campbell said. “But that would only happen due to our team’s success and advancing in the playoffs and playing well as a team. Our ultimate goal is to get better as a team and strive for greatness and another state championship.”
BELLWOOD-ANTIS (76): Campbell 15 2-4 35, Leidig 4 5-6 17, Haralson 7 0-1 14, Jayd. Shuke 1 0-0 2, Decker 1 0-0 3, Musselman 1 0-2 2, McCracken 0 0-0 0, McCaulsky 0 0-0 0, Worthing 1 1-2 3, Partner 0 0-0 0, Abbott 0 0-0 0, Woomer 0 0-0 0, Robison 0 0-0 0. Totals — 30 -16 76.
CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL (44): Hartman 5 3-4 17, Garver 5 1-2 11, Claar 4 1-5 10, Carson 1 0-0 2, Haney 1 0-0 2, Helsel 1 0-0 2, Rininger 0 0-0 0. Totals — 17 5-11 44.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bellwood-Antis 15 22 17 22 — 76
Claysburg-Kimmel 9 11 14 10 — 44
3-point goals: Bellwood-Antis 7 (Campbell 3, Leidig 3, Decker); Claysburg-Kimmel 5 (Hartman 4, Claar).
Records: Bellwood-Antis (11-0); Claysburg-Kimmel (9-5).
Officials: Wayne Warfel, Nick Ronan, Dan Amrhein
JV: Bellwood-Antis, 60-25. High scorers–Partner, BA, 16; Helsel, CK, 10.
The Mirror’s Nate Ritchey contributed to this story.