PIAA PREVIEW: Lady Devils prepare for West Middlesex


Kaelynn Behrens

Riley D’Angelo helps lead Bellwood-Antis into the PIAA finals against West Middlesex.

Anson Joones, Sports Writer

The Lady Blue Devils basketball team is headed to the PIAA 2A championship game for the second year in a row and hoping to bring the title back to Bellwood.

B-A will be playing Western Region champion West Middlesex at the Giant Center Thursday at noon.

Last year thelLadies played West Middlesex in the first round of the state playoffs and came out on top 70-53. Then, both schools were playing out of the West. This year B-A was moved to the East.

The Lady Devils record going into this game is 26-3, with only one loss coming to a team from Pennsylvania. They are the District 6 2A champion. B-A had to defeat, Windber, Mount Carmel, York Catholic, and Mahanoy Area to make it to the Sweetest Place on Earth, Hershey, PA.

At 25-3, the Lady Reds are the District 10 champions. They share two common opponents with the Lady Devils, defeating Juniata Valley and Everett in the PIAA playoffs.

The Lady Devils average 71 points per game. Alli Campbell is the leading scorer for B-A, averaging 29 points per game. Emilie Leidig averages 12 points per game, Sakeria Haralson averages 11 points per game, and Riley D’Angelo averages 10 points per game. All four of those players scored in double figures in the Lady Devils’ Final Four win over Mahanoy.

Six-foot junior Makennah White is West Middlesex’s top scorer at more than 21 points per game. Three other players average 8 points or better.