SUNBURY -- Most people in attendance know that if Bernadette Chaney has the ball, there's a solid chance she's going to make a nice play to score.
So as she drove through the lane into the paint on Wednesday, it was only natural to assume she was going to try to put a shot up. Instead, she noticed Alexa Moore standing open to her right in the corner of the arc and quickly dished out a pass to her wide-open teammate. Moore took the jumper and nailed the 3-pointer.
The basket late in the third quarter was the start of a momentum shift as Shikellamy held off Milton inside Phil Lockcuff Gymnasium at the Shikellamy Field House for a 43-32 Heartland Athletic Conference-Division I win.
"From there on, we pretty much controlled (the game)," Shikellamy coach Lew Dellegrotti said.
Moore's trey put the Braves (8-6, 6-2) up by five against Milton (7-8, 3-5) with 1:30 to play and Shikellamy gradually increased its lead throughout the duration of the fourth quarter.
Chaney would end the night with a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) while Kelsey Zimmerman led all scorers with 13 points. Kierra Smith added seven points, seven boards, a team-high three steals and a block.
"That girl will run through a brick wall for anybody. She might not be the most talented, but she has the biggest heart and she's a competitor and she goes after it," Dellegrotti said of Chaney. "She controls the boards. She got a lot of shots (and) she was on the foul line a ton, but she hustles. She's been that way since she started for me since she was a freshman."
Prior to Moore's trey, Shikellamy and Milton went back and forth throughout the game. In the second quarter alone, the two squads exchanged leads a total of eight times as they went into the half knotted at 21-all.
"Our defense saved us (tonight). That was it. They played super defense," Dellegrotti said.
Milton was held to just 11 second-half points, including just four in the third quarter. Milton tied the game with 3:25 to play in the third quarter at 25-25, but Shikellamy went on a little 7-0 run before Milton would score again to lead 32-25.
"The press isn't all for stealing the ball, it's to make them get out of their game, and they did," Dellegrotti said of Shikellamy's defense.
Maggie Wetzel led Milton with a team-high 12 points while Mackenna Miller scored six, all of which came in the second quarter. Brooke Swartz had a team-high 15 rebounds in the loss.
Shikellamy built up a 10-point lead with just under a minute to go when Zimmerman sank two free throws to make it a 40-30 game.
The closest Milton made the game in the fourth was when Carissa Wagner made the first part of a 1-and-1 to cut Shikellamy's lead to 32-29 with 4:33 to play. The Black Panthers wouldn't score again, however, for almost 3 1/2 minutes.
That offensive struggle in the second half ultimately was what hurt Milton.
"We missed buckets. (We were) 3-for-24 in the second half. Shik won -- not to take anything away from them -- but their defense didn't change; our offense just missed," Milton coach Aaron Slusser said. "We were 3-for-24 in the second half. They shot 23 free throws to our 11 the entire game (too). ... It's a rough night when you're getting out-shot on the free throw line and you go 3-for-24 in the second half."
The Black Panthers' largest lead was just 3-points when Wetzel converted a 3-point play off a layup early in the third quarter and sank the ensuing free throw to lead Shikellamy, 24-21.
Milton did hold a rebound advantage against Shikellamy, 34-23, but failed to take advantage offensively.