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Montoursville denies Milton tying 3-pointer

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Montoursville’s Lydia Albert has her shot blocked by Milton’s Kaylin Scott during Wednesday night’s game at Montoursville. The Warriors defeated the Black Panthers, 48-45.

As soon as Kaylin Scott grabbed the defensive rebound off a missed Montoursville free throw, Milton coach Phil Davis called a timeout. With just nine seconds remaining, Davis knew his team needed a 3-pointer to tie the game and came up with a play he hoped would work.

Taylor Snyder looked over to her right when play resumed and attempted to get the ball to one of her teammates, but Montoursville’s Toni James was in the right place at the right time. James reached up and managed to grab the pass, sealing the Warriors’ 48-45 win against Milton at Montoursville on Wednesday night.

“We had a chance to tie the game up and I drew up a play that I hoped would work. We didn’t really execute it really well, but it’s just kind of an on-the-fly thing. Not something we really practiced before, so it’s tough to get those little nuances to work,” Davis said. “They defended it well and we didn’t execute it, so we didn’t get an opportunity to get one last chance.”

Montoursville coach Jon Weaver knew a 3-point attempt was coming and he told the Warriors to press up near the 3-point line and not allow the Black Panthers to get off an easy shot.

“I said just defend the 3, bring the pressure up and Toni did,” Weaver said. “When the screen went down, she switched just like she was supposed to and the girl tried to dump it back to her and she picked it off.”

Milton (8-14) kept it close against Montoursville (8-14) the entire fourth quarter, never letting Montoursville build its lead more than five points. After the Warriors went ahead 41-36 with 3:19 remaining on a Lydia Albert layup, Alyssa Byers came up big for Milton by scoring a basket and hitting the ensuing and-1. She then made both ends of a one-and-one to tie the game at 41 with 2:38 remaining.

The Black Panthers forced a steal on the next possession and Taylor Snyder had what appeared to be a made basket only for it to be waived off by a whistle for traveling. It erased what would have been Milton’s first lead.

“We’ve been behind in games before, so they compete the whole time,” Davis said. “I’m really proud of them for that and their effort.”

Milton never let Montoursville pull too far away, as the largest lead the Warriors held was eight points midway through the second quarter. Milton routinely was within four points, but couldn’t get over that hump to take a lead. Only once — in the fourth — did the Black Panthers manage to tie the game.

“Every time they did close the gap, we were able to answer. … Even down the stretch. We were able to keep that cushion,” Weaver said. “When they tied it up, that was huge. The girls fought. They’re young. Sometimes the youngness shows, but I thought tonight, we battled.”

Kaylin Scott and Lydia Albert both were huge catalysts for their respective teams.

Scott recorded a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double and had nine of those rebounds on the defensive glass, including one with nine seconds to play to put Milton in position to tie the game. Milton received 12 points each from both Alyssa Byers and Tori Brink.

Albert led the Warriors with 16 points on the team’s senior night and routinely came up with big baskets to help the Warriors keep their lead. Allyse Marchioni scored 11 for Montoursville and Mackenzie Weaver added 10.

Montoursville 48, Milton 45

MILTON (45)

Taylor Snyder 0 0-0 0; Alyssa Byers 4 3-3 12; Kaylin Scott 4 4-7 15; Tori Brink 2 7-8 12; Mylea Neidig 1 0-0 2; Olivia Eisenhauer 2 0-0 4; Molly Brown 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 14-18 45.

MONTOURSVILLE (48)

Maddy Probst 0 0-0 0; Allyse Marchioni 4 2-3 11; Mackenzie Weaver 4 0-0 10; Mackenzie Cohick 3 0-2 0; Lydia Albert 6 4-5 16; Kenna Mensinger 1 0-0 2; Toni James 1 1-2 3. Totals 19 7-12 48.

Milton 13 8 9 15–45

Montoursville 17 7 10 14–48

3-point goals: Milton 5 (Scott 3, Brink 1, Byers 1), Montoursville 3 (Weaver 2, Marchioni 1).

Records: Milton (8-14), Montoursville (8-14).

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