Lady Red Raiders beat expectations to earn spot in playoffs
BELLEFONTE -- The Lady Red Raiders haven't made it to state playoffs since 2010 and most people didn't expect this would be the year they returned. But like most of the season, these ladies proved people wrong.
"A lot of people underestimated us, so it's really cool that we have exceeded their expectations," senior forward Lauren Young said.
Bellefonte enters the state tournament as the top seed in District 6 Class 5 A after beating DuBois in the district semifinals.
"We were coming off a low from losing the district championship game, but we were excited to be able to have a second chance," senior guard Raisa Gregor said.
"It's always the goal to win as many games as possible, play as long as you can, and it's great watching these girls do that," head coach Adam Gearhart said.
A competitive season for the 12-12 Red Raiders took a full effort from everyone on the squad.
"We didn't have a superstar and if you look at our stats, we're very balanced," Gearhart said. "We don't have one player that stands out."
Although a championship is everyone's goal, this team is happy for the chance it's earned to play in the tournament.
"This was like the best year this could have happened, my senior year, and we're a great group of girls, we're really like a family," Gregor said.
"Even if we don't get our year on the banner, it's still going to be in our hearts that we know that we worked this hard," Young said.
The Bellefonte community will remember that its baseball team beat the odds last season to win a state championship, so maybe the Red Raider fan base could see another unpredictable playoff run.
The girls start the tournament against Trinity at Bald Eagle Area on Saturday at 4 p.m.