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February 6, 2013

Girls basketball: Ironmen defense clamps down in win

DANVILLE -- In a battle of inside players, Selinsgrove's Laura Long and Danville's Amber Renz just about matched each other point-for-point on Tuesday night.

Renz scored a game-high 22 while Long had 21, but Selinsgrove (8-9, 6-5 HAC-I) went scoreless for more than six minutes in the third quarter as Danville (14-4, 8-3 HAC-I) turned a seven-point halftime lead into a 21-point win, 60-39, in a Heartland Athletic Conference Division I game in Danville.

The loss snapped Selinsgrove's three-game winning streak.

"They have a nice team, we knew we were going to have our hands full with their guard and the big girl inside," Seals coach Tim Lauver said. "We have to come out and capitalize the first two or three minutes in the quarter."

Long scored the Seals' first eight points and eight of the 11 they scored in the first quarter.

"Laura's been playing real well," Lauver added. "We challenged her today because we know the Renz girl is a really good ballplayer and she stepped up. We gave her more responsibility and we tried to get the ball inside to her more. She's learning to dish the ball out now and open people on the wings."

Renz matched Long with eight first-quarter points of her own including a 3-point field goal.

Long's final points of the first quarter came with 3:39 left on a layup to give the Seals an 8-7 lead.

It was their last lead of the game.

Danville went on an 11-0 run on the strength of three straight 3-point baskets by Kylie Romeo, Donie Ann Keeley and Renz.

Renz capped off the run with a layup as she made a nice spin move on Long in the paint for the basket.

"Laura started off hot because we weren't working our positions and when coach switched us around and I played her, I think I played her good enough to not let her score as much as she did in the first quarter," Renz said.

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