H.S. GIRLS BASKETBALL: Shamokin Area defeats Milton
COAL TOWNSHIP - Basketball can be poetry in motion, or anarchy with an orange grenade.
Shamokin and Milton engaged in something closer to the latter Monday.
Fortunately with the playoffs coming up, the Indians got away casualty-free and ultimately won 46-32 in a game that featured 38 foul shots, 30 fouls, and a combined 26-for 94 shooting.
"Hopefully no one got injured and we start fresh next week," Shamokin head coach Bill Callahan said.
With the win Shamokin clinched at least the No. 5 seed and will most likely play Shikellamy, who the Indians split the regular season series with, in the first round of the playoffs.
There is an outside chance Shamokin could play in the upcoming conference playoffs, however farfetched the events need to be.
Only a Danville loss to Midd-West tonight would put Shamokin in the Heartland Conference playoffs later this week. Barring that apocalyptic scenario, Warrior Run will get the wild card for the conference playoffs because of a better in-conference winning percentage.
In essence, Shamokin was penalized for scheduling tough games against Schuylkill League teams (Marian Catholic,
Pottsville, North Schuylkill and Lourdes; the first three of which are in the Schuylkill League playoffs).
"The go by conference teams and Warrior Run has had a good year and deserve it," Callahan said.
The game didn't just have implications for Shamokin. Milton needed to win to qualify for the playoffs. The Panthers end the season 10-12 and despite being down by as much as 20 points in the fourth quarter.
"It was a very physical game and they were fouling and pressing right up until the end," Callahan said.
The Indians looked nothing like the team that handed Danville one of their two losses last week with dominating individual performances and a stifling team defense.
To make matters worse, Gabby Lahr got in early foul trouble and went down hard with an injury, but came back, and leading scorer Olivia Bonshock scored just eight points.
"We weren't here mentally tonight and it was obvious with some of the mistakes we made," Callahan said.
Shamokin was never in serious danger, despite being flat for most of the evening.
The Indians led 8-2 after the first quarter and kept Milton at bay in the second to go in at halftime with a 19-12 lead.
It was even still a game in the third quarter until Catie Pancher, who finished with a team-high 11 points, hit a three-pointer and Shamokin made the most of a double-technical on Milton's Mackenzie Miller to push the score to 32-17.
The District 4 playoff brackets are set to be announced Sunday.
MILTON (32) - Wagner 0 0-0 0, Lincoln 2 1-1 6, Miller 1 1-5 3, Lynd 0 1-2 1, Morse 1 0-0 2, Anspach 2 1-2 6, Wetzel 0 0-0 0, Swartz 4 6-6 14, East 0 0-1 0, Wolfe 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 10-17 32.
SHAMOKIN (46) - Popewczak 1 0-0 2, Erb 1 2-2 4, Forbes 2 3-4 7, Pancher 4 1-3 11, Bonshock 1 7-8 10, Lahr 2 0-0 4, Zimmerman 0 0-0 0, Breslin 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 15-21 46.
3-point FGs: Lincoln, Anspach, Pancher 2, Pesarchick