Devils look for revenge against Bobcats


Kerry Naylor

Emilie Leidig and the Lady Blue Devils look to advance past Blairsville.

Colin McCaulley, Sports Writer

On Friday night Bellwood-Antis advanced past Chartiers-Houston in the PIAA Elite 8, which set the stage for a rematch of the District 6 2A semifinals.

Blairsville and B-A, both 26-3, will meet again, but this time for a chance to play in the state championship at Hershey on Thursday. The first time these two teams faced off Blairsville won the contest 44-37, riding a second half push that sealed the game.

The Devils shot the ball extremely poorly in that one, only making 11 shots from the field out of the 46 they took, for a mere 24% field goal percentage. However, B-A has been shooting the ball better since the loss. They have made 96 of 228 shots since the Blairsville game, averaging 24 field goals made on 57 field goals attempted for an overall 42% shooting.

Alli Campbell, who was recently named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Pennsylvania, has led the Lady Devils in the postseason, averaging 27.6 points per game in six playoff games. B-A has also gotten solid scoring from Sakeria Haralson in the post, along with Riley D’Angelo and Emilie Leidig on the perimeter. In the win over Chartiers Houston, Tina Hollen scored 12.

Blairsville will play the same slow game they have all season because they do a great job of making the oponent into their own strengths. Against B-A they only put up 36 shots, but they were able to hit 16 of those , five more than the Bellwood-Antis squad, even though the Devils shot 10 more times.

If B-A wins they will advance to the state championship at the Giant Center against either Penns Manor, who the Devils already beat by 28 points, or West Catholic, who won their quarterfinal game on a buzzer beater.

The Lady Devils have only one other championship game appearance, losing to Nativity BVM in 1990.

The game tonight is going to be played tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Francis University.