SUNBURY — When Shikellamy has an edge on the interior, there’s a good chance the basketball is going to wind up in Tralyn Hummel’s trusty hands at one end of the floor or the other.
And when the ball is in the 6-foot-1 senior’s hands, productive things typically follow.
Scoring 13 points and snaring 14 rebounds, Hummel’s double-double was huge Saturday afternoon as Shikellamy earned a 34-22 victory over Selinsgrove in a Heartland Athletic Conference-Division I girls basketball contest.
“We just wanted it more,” Hummel said. “We had a bad loss against Mifflinburg on Wednesday. We just had to keep up the intensity, and we knew we were going to win.”
Tori Smith added nine points for Lew Dellegrotti’s defensively-minded Braves (4-5, 3-3), who allowed just seven field goals to the Seals — not a single one of those buckets came without defensive resistance.
Avery Defazio paced the Seals (6-8, 2-4) with seven points and 11 boards.
While the Braves were holding a 10-5 lead late in the opening half, Hummel’s fingerprints were all over the last few minutes as she found Rebekah Amerman for a 15-foot jumper and then stuck back a missed Amerman free throw for another hoop.
As a result, the Braves lugged a 15-7 advantage into the locker room that had them breathing a bit easier.
“It made us feel a little bit more relief, because we had more of a lead,” Hummel said.
“Tra dominated inside,” Dellegrotti said. “And that’s why we were telling them to get the ball into her, because they don’t have anybody to match up with her.”
Smith opened the second half by scoring the Braves’ next seven points — the Seals’ Cierra Adams briefly interrupted Smith’s run with a free throw — and the Braves held a 22-9 lead. Hummel’s free throw and two more from Jordan Moten made it 25-9.
Selinsgrove never really got going.
“We just had a slow start,” Seals coach Tim Lauver said. “We just came out and felt we were ready, but apparently we weren’t.”
Defazio’s banked 3-pointer sliced Selinsgrove’s deficit to eight (25-17) with just over two minutes gone in the fourth quarter, but the Braves promptly uncorked a 9-2 run that locked up the victory.
Hummel had four points during that stretch on a pair of slick runners, while Brooke Snyder canned three free throws and Tori Scheller connected in transition.
Hummel also had eight of her 14 rebounds after the break, while Snyder was lauded for carrying out her defensive assignment effectively.
“Brooke Snyder shut down (Marley) Sprenkel,” Dellegrotti said of his sophomore guard, who limited the Selinsgrove senior to three points — all from the free-throw line.
“Her job was to (check) her.”
Regardless of how it may have looked, Shikellamy walked out winners.
“Our girls play hard and that’s all I can ask,” Dellegrotti said. “The guards we have (Scheller, Snyder and Moten) are all sophomores and freshmen. If they can put that kind of pressure on as a sophomore and freshman, I think the future’s bright.
“They work their butts off.”
SHIKELLAMY 34, SELINSGROVE 22
Selinsgrove (6-8, 2-4) 22
Marley Sprenkel 0 3-5 3; Avery Defazio 2 2-5 7; Anna Piecuch 2 0-2 4; Cierra Adams 1 1-2 3; Becky Gingrich 2 0-0 4; Emma Atwood 0 1-2 1. Totals: 7 7-16 22.
3-point goals: Defazio.
Did not score: Lexy Gabrielson, Katie Shaffer.
Shikellamy (4-5, 3-3) 34
Tori Smith 4 1-1 9; Tori Scheller 1 0-0 2; Rebekah Amerman 1 1-2 3; Tralyn Hummel 4 5-6 13; Brooke Snyder 0 3-4 3; Jordan Moten 1 2-2 4. Totals: 11 12-15 34.
3-point goals: None.
Did not score: Mia Peifer.
Score by quarters
Selinsgrove`4`3`5`10 — 22
Shikellamy`6`9`19`9 — 34