B-A girls prepare for Bishop Guilfoyle in semis


Phoebe Potter

Ali Campbell and the Lady Blue Devils will try to punch their tickets to the District 6 title game tonight against Bishop Guilfoyle.

Joe Padula

One win is all that is remaining for the four teams still left in girls District 6 2-AA basketball to play for a championship.

The winners of Monday’s semifinal games will play each other Friday March Third in the District final, which is being hosting at Saint Francis with the tip-off scheduled for 6:00.

The losers of Monday’s contest will be headed to the third place consolation game that will take place March the first.

Regardless of how things shape up in the semis all four teams have already guaranteed themselves a bid to play in the state tournament.

On the top half of the bracket Bellwood-Antis and Bishop Guilfoyle will be facing off in game that will be likely decided by the play of two seniors that have scored 2,000 point each.

Lili Benzel has scored the most points in school history and started the 2,000 point club in BG’s quarterfinal 82-28 dismantling of Southern Hunington. Benzel will look to carry her team into the title game.

This is a matchup for the ages that Swogger and Company should win if they can play solid defense for four quarters.”

Opposing Benzel will be B-A’s Karson Swogger, who is the all-time leading scorer in Blair County history, and is going to play for Saint Francis next year.

This is a matchup for the ages that Swogger and Company should win if they can play solid defense for four quarters and get contributions offensively from two-year starting sophomore Riley D’Angelo and standout freshman Alli Campbell.

On the other side of the bracket number one seed Bishop McCort will be taking on the four seed Blairsvile.

McCort’s 5″10 do-it-all senior Haley Thomas, who is committed to play basketball at Saint Francis next year will look to take over in this one as she will be the best player on the court in this one.

Blairsville will have too much to handle in this one. Bishop McCort should run away with this one and punch their ticket to the district final.

If Bishop McCort and Bellwood-Antis win their semifinal matchups it could set up a very interesting matchup. Not only would it be a rematch for the two teams that played each other in the opening round of the Jaffa Shrine tournament, a game which McCort topped B-A 62-55, but it would be a showdown between Thomas and Swogger, two girls who will play together next season on the same St. Francis hardwood where the District championship will be held.