B-A girls are getting nod for ICC title tilt

WILLIAMSBURG — Alli Campbell scored 36 points, Bellwood-Antis connected on 15 3-pointers and the Lady Blue Devils wrapped up the Inter-County Conference North Division with a 79-43 victory over Williamsburg Monday night.

Emilie Leidig scored 14 points, and Sakeria Haralson added 11 points for B-A, and freshman Jayla Woodruff led Williamsburg with 16 points.

Bellwood-Antis learned that all it needed was a victory over the Lady Pirates to play Everett for the ICC title in Claysburg on Saturday this past weekend.

B-A athletic director Charlie Burch got an email from ICC secretary Jeff Batzel that due to Juniata Valley’s loss to Tyrone on Saturday night, the Lady Blue Devils were in position to play for the ICC title with a win over Williamsburg thanks to a tiebreaker that involves common non-conference opponents.

When teams in the ICC split their head-to-head matchups, their records against non-conference common opponents is taken into consideration before the point differential between the teams when they met — something Bellwood coach Jim Swaney was unaware of before Sunday.

“I had always thought that after the head-to-head, if it was split that the point differential was the next one,” Bellwood-Antis coach Jim Swaney said. “If you look at the last three or four years that it has come into play between Juniata Valley and us, the only common opponent we’ve had has been Tyrone in the non-conference. We have beaten them, and they have beaten them, so it hasn’t come into play which meant point differential has.

“I was surprised (Sunday) and looked up the by-laws of the league, and it’s clearly marked ahead of point differential. We were happy to see it, but I do feel bad for Valley because of the problems they’ve had as far as injuries and kids being out. That’s a shame for them, but from our standpoint, we’re happy to be playing in it.”

Bellwood-Antis defeated Tyrone twice earlier in the season — the Lady Eagles’ only two losses — and Juniata Valley lost to Tyrone 61-52 Saturday night without injured star Halee Smith. That loss put the Bellwood-Antis girls in a position to play in the title game.

Keith Moyer, the Everett girls coach, didn’t find out until Monday that Bellwood-Antis would be playing his squad after he too reviewed the by-laws.

BELLWOOD-ANTIS (79): Campbell 8 5-8 36, Leidig 1 0-0 14, Haralson 4 3-4 11, Shuke 0 0-0 0, Decker 0 0-0 12, Musselman 0 0-0 0, McCaulsky 0 0-0 6, Worthing 0 0-0 0, Abbott 0 0-0 0, Partner 0 0-0 0, Robinson 0 0-0 0, Woomer 0 0-0 0. Totals–13 8-12 79

WILLIAMSBURG (43): Woodruff 4 2-2 16, Lynn 0 0-0 0, Bem 0 1-2 1, Brenneman 0 0-0 0, Norris 3 2-2 8, Carper 0 0-0 3, Ward 1 0-0 2, Simpson 1 2-2 13, Merritts 0 0-0 0. Totals–9 7-8 43


Bellwood-Antis 33 13 26 7 — 79

Williamsburg 13 13 6 11 — 43

3-point goals: Bellwood-Antis 15 (Campbell 5, Leidig 4, Decker 4, McCaulsky 2); Williamsburg 6 (Woodruff 2, Simpson 3, Carper).

Records: Bellwood-Antis (21-1, 13-1 ICC North); Williamsburg (7-14, 5-9 ICC North).

JV: No game.