BA girls knock off unbeaten Tyrone

Pink game heads to two overtimes to decide a winner


Christina Kowalski

The Lady Blue Devils got a huge win over Tyrone.

Blair Poorman, Sports Writer

The Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils played a double overtime thriller last night against the rival Tyrone Lady Eagles, and B-A securing the “W”, outlasting their hosts with a final score of 77-69. 

Karson Swogger led all scorers with 42 points, with 32 coming in the second half and overtime. Riley D’Angelo added 9, and Sophie Damiano pitched in 8.

Swogger’s total allowed her to shatter her own school record for points in a single-game, which she had already broken twice this season and was holding at 38.

The victory snapped Tyrone’s 10-game winning streak to start the season.

“It’s a rivalry game. Our girls are going to get up for that,” said B-A coach Jim Swaney. “What we need to understand is when you have won as much as we have over the past couple of years, you are going to have a big target on our back. I’m not sure we played with that attitude early on. But I think we’re starting to.”

It’s a rivalry game. Our girls are going to get up for that.

— Jim Swaney

The game was closely contested throughout, with the score tied going into half-time at 22-22. By then Swogger had scored 12, but there was a lot more to come.

B-A trailed late in the third before Abby Crider swished a three-pointer as time expired to make it 37-35.

The Lady Blue Devils led almost all of the fourth quarter, but after Swogger made just one out of two foul shots late it gave Tyrone’s Finnley Christine the chance to tie the game from the line with 7.7 seconds left, which she did.

Swogger made a nice feed to Sophie Damiano just as the horn sounded, but the officials waved off the basket, sending the game into overtime.

In overtime, Christine scored six to keep it close, and Swogger missed two foul shots late, allowing Kasey Engle, who scored 27, to tie the game on a basket with 15 seconds left, setting up double-overtime.

D’Angelo came up clutch in the second overtime as she made a three and a jump shot on back-to-back possessions to put the Lady Blue Devils up 71-65.  Seven of her nine points came in overtime and double overtime.

D’Angelo also held Christine, Tyrone’s second leading scorer, to zero field goals and just three points in regulation. Christine would finish with 11.

It felt good to finally make one.

— Riley D'Angelo

“It felt good to finally make one,” said D’Angelo. “I hadn’t shot well until then.”

Swogger scored later on a drive to the basket to get the lead up to 8 with a minute to play.