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SELINSGROVE -- Whenever Selinsgrove and cross-river rival Shikellamy meet out on the hardcourt, or any playing surface for that matter, a battle generally ensues.
That was the case on Wednesday when the Braves staged a big fourth-quarter comeback to escape Snyder County with a 48-47 Heartland-I victory over the Seals.
Selinsgrove (5-11, 4-6 HAC-I) led 20-12 at the half after Shikellamy (10-6, 8-2) was held scoreless in the second quarter.
"We played great defense in the first half. Holding a good team like Shikellamy to 12 at the half; you're playing very good defense," said Selinsgrove coach Ray Moyer.
The Braves would make their move in the fourth quarter behind C.J. Tyler, who scored all 18 of his points in the period. Tyler was also 6 for 6 from the foul line to help clinch it.
However, Selinsgrove made it interesting at the end as Dillon Hoke nailed a 3-pointer with four seconds left to bring the Seals to within one, but the hosts didn't have any timeouts remaining and the Braves ran out the clock.
"It was a very hard-fought game by both teams," said Moyer.
With the victory, Shikellamy is only a win away from qualifying for the District 4 tournament. The Braves look to punch their ticket on Saturday when they host Shamokin at 2:30 p.m.
n Danville 58,
COAL TOWNSHIP -- Shamokin hung with HAC-I foe Danville after the first quarter, trailing by just two points, but the Ironmen responded with a solid performance the rest of the game and single-handedly eliminated the Indians from District 4 playoff contention.
Shamokin (4-12, 1-8 HAC-I) was led by Austin Stine's 14 points.
Bret Berg (19 points), Zach Kozick (12) and Robbie Koons (10) all led Danville's offense.
The Ironmen remain undefeated in the HAC-I at 10-0 and are 13-2 overall.
n Hughesville 45,
Southern Columbia 42
HUGHESVILLE -- Fred Newhart scored 14 points and the Spartans made their shots in the final period to out-last the Tigers for the HAC-II win. Matt Klock led Southern with 13 points.
n Milton 53,
Mifflinburg 41 (OT)
MIFFLINBURG -- The Wildcats hung tough with the Black Panthers until the overtime period, when they ran out of gas and lost a crucial HAC-I matchup.
In overtime Ethan Baker hit a 3-pointer to get Milton rolling, and the Black Panthers went 7-of-10 from the foul line to not only win the game but also qualify for the District 4 playoffs.
Baker finished with just five points, while Chad Diggan led Milton (11-6 overall) with 18 points.
Jeremy Uscowskas paced Mifflinburg (7-8) with 17 points.
n Central Columbia 65,
Warrior Run 47
ALMEDIA -- Dylan Hine scored a game-high 21 points as the Blue Jays took the HAC-II victory.
Jared Bender led Warrior Run (1-15, 0-11 HAC-II) with 14 points.
n Shikellamy 45,
Central Mountain 31
MILL HALL -- After going into the locker room at the half trailing Central Mountain, Shikellamy responded with a huge second half, outscoring the Wildcats in the third and fourth quarters alone en route to the nonleague win.
The victory for the Braves qualified them for the District 4 playoffs with an 11-6 record.
Alexis Angstadt scored a team-high 15 points one night after she recorded her 1,000th career point. Raven Fatool added eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds in the win.
Central Mountain was led by just three scorers and never scored more than nine in a single quarter.
n Midd-West 60,
FARWELL -- The scoring combination of Allie Camp and Brianna Beiler propelled the Mustangs to the nonleague win. Camp led Midd-West (7-9) with 19 points and Beiler added 16.
n Williamsport 58,
MILTON -- After a good opening quarter, things went downhill for the Black Panthers as they fell to the Millionaires in a lop-sided HAC-I matchup.
Emily Baker led Milton (9-7, 7-2 HAC-I) with 14 points, while Williamsport was led by a pair of 20-point scorers in Aisha Evans (23) and Lydia Whaley (21).
The Black Panthers led 14-10 after one, but they were outscored 48-15 the rest of the way.
n Halifax 70,
Line Mountain 51
HALIFAX -- Morgan Cox scored 24 points to lead the Wildcats to the Tri-Valley League win. Colleen Troutman scored 17 for the Eagles.
n Mount Carmel 48,
DANVILLE -- Early pins by Cristen Howerter at 220 pounds and Shane Gudonis at 106 gave the Red Tornadoes a big lead and the HAC crossover win. The Ironmen got pins from Joe Hannon (120), P.J. Bellino (132) and Damon Gearhart (170).