The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 12, 2013

Shamokin hands Milton third straight loss


"We came out strong, balanced scoring, and kind of gave it away from the first quarter," said Slusser.

Baker made a shot near the foul line to end the drought and erase the Indians' first lead, but by then Shamokin had established a threat in the paint. The Indians kept going back to the well.

Bonshock fed Kelsey Forbes for a bucket underneath early in the second quarter, and Yacko followed with a couple assists to Bonshock in the period. Yacko then scored twice in the half's final minute, on a putback and a drive to the hoop, for a 20-17 Indians' lead.

Yacko, a senior, and Bonshock, a junior, combined for 15 points, four boards, four steals and five blocks in the half. Bonshock had eight of the points, while Yacko had all the blocks.

"We're captains and we had to step it up," said Yacko. "We just needed to focus, take our time and get it done.

Milton was 0 for 8 from the floor to start the third quarter (2 of 23 combined in the middle quarters), but trailed by only five at period's end, 24-19.

The Panthers trailed by as many as seven in the fourth, but pulled within 29-26 on a Katelyn Gensel transition basket with a minute to play. Shamokin missed the front of end of three 1-and-1s in a 35-second span before Catelin Pancher converted one and Bonshock followed a miss on the second.

"Free throw shooting (5 of 17) and missed layups really hurt us and almost came back to haunt us," said Callahan. "Without (injured senior point guard Sami Schiccatano), our leader, that's a great win for us up here. To come here, knowing if they won (we'd have a chance) to be league champs ... I'm proud of them."

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