By Scott Dudinskie
The Daily Item
DANVILLE -- There's something very deceiving about Alexis Angstadt.
At first glance, particularly from a distance, the Shikellamy senior appears rather harmless. She's often the smallest girl on the basketball court, which belies the amount of damage she can do.
The closer you get and the longer you watch her, the more you notice her destructive side, her ability to turn opponents' worlds upside down and crush their hearts.
Saturday afternoon, Angstadt was at her ruinous best. She scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the second half as the Braves rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat previously undefeated Danville, 46-37.
"Her penetration in the second half just flat-out killed us. No ifs, ands or buts about it," said Ironmen coach Steve Moser. "Give her all the credit in the world."
Danville, a few days after erasing a 15-point third-quarter deficit to shock Southern Columbia, pulled away from Shikellamy in the last two minutes of the half Saturday. The Ironmen scored on three consecutive possessions for a 7-0 run and a 23-15 lead at the break.
For its part, Shikellamy shot 23 percent from the floor (5 of 22) in the half, committed nine turnovers and went scoreless for a 6 1/2-minute span bridging the first two periods.
"We always know how we want to play, but sometimes we don't necessarily do that," said Angstadt. "We came out in the second half with a good mind set, knowing this is what we wanted to do, what we wanted to accomplish, and we finally did what we said we were going to do."
Angstadt literally led the charge. She attacked the basket on three of the Braves' first four possessions of the second half, scoring twice. Cory Yerger followed her lead with a couple scoring drives of her own.