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December 19, 2013

H.S. girls basketball: Danville's Renz swats away Mifflinburg's momentum

By Anthony Mitchell

For The Daily Item

DANVILLE -- Danville's Amber Renz filled the stat sheet offensively Wednesday night, but perhaps her biggest contribution came on a shot attempt that did not fall.

Renz blocked a runner by Julia McArdle-Coe, sending the ball off the back wall at the Whitey McCloskey Center with one minute remaining and Mifflinburg closing in.

After the emphatic rejection, the Wildcats did not score in the final minute as Danville held on for a 42-36 win.

"Amber Renz did a phenomenal job defensively," Danville coach Steve Moser said.

Renz blocked nine shots, while adding five steals.

"Using my blocks to help my team is the one thing I can do and I'll do it every game," Renz said.

Despite the disruptions at both ends by Renz, Mifflinburg was able to keep the game close with Kayla Kline fearlessly driving into the lane.

"Mifflinburg's a good club," Moser said. "They're aggressive. They make you do things you don't want to do."

Mifflinburg failed to convert off the inbounds play following Renz swatting away any momentum the Wildcats may have had, a missed opportunity that loomed large with seconds left on the clock.

Forced to foul, the Wildcats sent Sara Naessing to the line for two free throws with 30 seconds to play. With no hint of nerves, Naessing toed the line and drained both attempts for the final margin.

Following the lead of their standout sophomore, the Danville defense collapsed on Mifflinburg in the lane as the Wildcats tried to score quickly.

Before Renz used an outstretched hand in crunch time to deny the Wildcats in close, she poured in a game-high 22 points, with the Ironmen consistently getting the ball in the hands of their play-making sophomore. Regardless of whether she was hoisting a shot from long range or laying one off the glass on a break, Renz was able to score and create for her teammates.

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