By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
DANVILLE -- If and when Danville coach Steve Moser decides to retire, he can have a career as a meteorologist.
Moser, in his seventh season as the Ironmen head coach, has a better percentage of predictions than the local TV forecasters have had for snowfall totals this season.
With Danville leading Shamokin 29-17 at the break in a battle for the Heartland Athletic Conference Division I, Moser knew what his team would face at the start of the third quarter.
"I told the girls in the locker room that we had to weather the first five minutes of the quarter as Shamokin was going to come at us and come at us they did," he said.
The Indians (12-11, 9-5 HAC-I) went on a 9-0 run -- keyed by a 3-point shot from Catelin Pancher on the left wing -- to cut Danville's lead to one, 29-28, with 3:55 left.
But it was the Danville seniors who stepped up for the Ironmen (19-4, 11-3 HAC-I) as Siobhan Bross gathered up a loose ball, drove to the basket and drew the foul to stop the 11-0 run.
Bross completed the 3-point play to give Danville a 31-28 lead at the time. She ended with a game-high 14 points as Danville won its first HAC-I title, 48-30, on Friday night.
Danville will play HAC-III champion Benton at 6 tonight in Williamsport for the first HAC tournament championship.
Kylie Romeo, who helped Danville get out to an early lead with a pair of first-quarter threes, added nine points while Sara Naessig chipped in six. Freshman Amber Renz added 13 points to go with five blocks and six rebounds.
Kelsey Yacko was the only Indian in double-digits with 10.
It was the fifth straight win this week for Danville who hasn't lost since February 1.
"I thought that if our legs held out and the shots would go in, we'd be in pretty good shape," Moser said. "I went to Siobhan and Kelsey before the game and they said 'coach we're fine.'"