The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 14, 2014

Late spurt lifts Green Dragons to win

Late spurt lifts Green Dragons to win

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

MILTON -- In basketball, runs are going to occur for both teams.

It comes down to which team makes a late run and holds on to a lead that leads to victory.

Trailing by a point a halftime, 16-15, Lewisburg stopped Milton's 6-0 run to open the third quarter and with 2:29 left, went on a 10-0 run of their own in a 90-second span to take a 25-24 lead on an Emily Conrad's jumper.

It was enough to help the Green Dragons turn the momentum around and would propel them to even their record at 6-6 with a 42-31 Heartland Athletic Conference crossover win on Monday night in Milton.

Conrad and Akilah McFadden led Lewisburg in scoring with 10 points each.

The game was nearly four minutes old when Kasey Conrad scored the first points of the game for either team as she went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line to give the Green Dragons a 1-0 lead.

With the game tied at six heading into the second quarter, the Black Panthers (6-6) took their first lead of the game at 10-9 as when freshman Taylor White hustled to a lose ball, drove the lane and was fouled, with the basket counting. She made the free throw to complete a 3-point play.

Junior Brooke Swartz led Milton with 14 points, the only player in double figures. As a team, Milton was 5-of-10 from the free-throw line.

"When we have a team down, we have to keep the pedal down, and we didn't do that, we don't quite know how to do that yet," Milton coach Aaron Slusser said.

It was the third straight loss for Milton which was coming off a loss to Jersey Shore for the first time ever in the six years that Slusser has been the head coach. Milton is 1-3 in January after a 5-3 December.

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