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January 23, 2013

Girls basketball: Milton keeps Shik at bay

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Baker scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Classmate Katelyn Gensel had 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, including 11 and 5 in the fourth quarter.

Milton (8-6) remained in a three-way tie atop HAC-II with Danville and Shamokin at 6-2. Shikellamy, which was led by seniors Alexis Angstadt (16 points) and Cory Yerger (12), fell off the leaders' pace at 4-3 (9-5 overall).

The Black Panthers led 8-3 with three minutes left in the first quarter, and Baker had six of the points on easy put-ins. The Braves pulled within a point in a minute later on two Yerger buckets. They went ahead on an Angstadt layup as Milton ended the period with three scoreless minutes.

Angstadt's go-ahead hoop with 50 seconds left in the first marked the start of the 5-plus-minute drought that ended when she drove the left baseline at the 3:26 mark of the second. Rather than provide the spark the Braves needed, Milton closed the half with a 9-2 run. Karissa Brown answered Angstadt's basket with the game's only 3-pointer, and Baker added three points, exceeding her scoring average (10.0 ppg.) with 11 at halftime. The Panthers led 23-13.

"It just developed by the way they were playing defense," she said. "They just lost track of me and I'd sneak down there and they'd dish it to me. We had a lot of great looks inside."

In the second quarter alone, Shikellamy shot 2-for-12, was out-rebounded 15-7 and committed nine fouls. By the 3:30 mark of the third, in the midst of their comeback, three Braves starters had four fouls, including Yerger, who scored eight points in the period.

Two Yerger free throws got Shik within 28-24, but a minute later the Braves' second scoreless stretch started and Milton went on a 11-0 run. Yerger, Kierra Smith and Bernadette Chaney fouled out a little more than 3 minutes apart in the fourth quarter.

"Give them credit," Slusser said of the Braves, which beat Milton 41-37 on Dec. 19. "They keep pushing; they don't stop."

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