The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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January 10, 2013

Girls basketball: Confident Seals rally to beat rival Braves

Confident Seals rally to beat rival Braves

By Todd Hummel

For The Daily Item

SUNBURY -- Selinsgrove coach Tim Lauver has had to play more psychologist this season than basketball coach in his first season at the helm of the Seals.

"We're pretty athletic. We can play some basketball," Lauver said. "We just lack basketball confidence sometimes on the court."

That was Lauver's big emphasis in the locker room before Selinsgrove took the court on the road against Shikellamy.

"The first two things I wrote on the chalkboard pregame was 'confidence in ourselves and confidence in each other,' " Lauver said.

The Seals certainly had every chance to have their confidence waver on Wednesday night. Leading most of the game, the Braves looked to have the game won on two Kierra Smith foul shots with six seconds left in the game.

However, Kiersten Craig-Sovic made a layup at the buzzer to send the game into overtime and then followed that with five of the Seals' seven points in overtime as Selinsgrove notched a 55-51 win over the Braves in a Heartland Athletic Conference-Division I contest.

"People didn't think we would be very good this year and we wanted to prove we can compete (in the league)," Craig-Sovic said. "This is a big confidence boost for us and it will really help in the long run."

Selinsgrove (5-5) improves to 3-1 in the HAC-I, remaining one-game behind undefeated Shamokin. Shikellamy drops to 6-4 overall, 3-2 HAC-I.

Shikellamy led 41-38 with 3:55 left in the game after an Alexis Angstadt drive, but Jess Kerstetter grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a three-point play to tie the game at 41-41. Selinsgrove would get the lead twice late in regulation before the Braves would answer.

The Seals led 46-45 with 21 seconds left after Craig-Sovic made a free throw, but Angstadt made one of two foul shots with 12.8 seconds left to tie the game. Angstadt then stole the ball. She made a pretty pass inside for an open layup, Selinsgrove's Nikki Krebs was able to get back for a blocked shot. Angstadt was then fouled on the ensuing inbounds play, but missed both foul shots.

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