The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 23, 2014

Bernadette Chaney helps turn the tide for Shikellamy

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.

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