Dana Bilski leads a group of OF seniors looking for their fourth gold medal.file photo
In a year which many believed would be a rebuilding season for the Old Forge girls’ basketball team, the Blue Devils showed that all of the winning that took place during past three years wasn’t lost on this group of seniors.
Led by seniors Andi Alsalahat, Nicole Marianelli, Lindsay Regan and Dana Bilski, Old Forge has put itself in position to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive District 2 Class 1A championship.
Coming off a season in which the Blue Devils won 11 games, including six in the rock-solid Lackawanna League Division II, Old Forge enters the district playoffs as the second seed behind top-seed Forest City (15-9).
The Lady Foresters went 13-1 in the LL Division III and won the second-half title before falling to Montrose in the league title game. Forest City beat the Blue Devils early in the season, 51-30, but Old Forge has won its three consecutive titles with three straight championship-game wins over the Lady Foresters.
But before the two teams can set up a rematch they must win their semifinal matchups.
Old Forge will face Northwest (6-14) on Wednesday at a time and place to be determined, and Forest City takes on division-rival Susquehanna (0-20), also on Wednesday.
The championship game will be held Saturday at a time and place to be determined.
Marianelli leads the Blue Devils in scoring with 10.4 points per game followed by Regan (9.6 ppg) and Alsalahat (8.2 ppg).
Old Forge also features freshman guard Lauren Carey and junior centers Morgan Malia and Brittany Souryavong.