By Scott Dudinskie
The Daily Item
---- — SUNBURY -- The moment and everything that preceded it belonged to Shikellamy's Alexis Angstadt.
Virtually everything that followed, however, was most certainly Danville's.
Angstadt made a milestone basket straight out of a Hollywood script, beating the first-quarter buzzer with a running 30-foot prayer to surpass 1,000 career points.
It was like a power surge rocked the building already coursing with electricity.
Danville promptly kicked the plug from the outlet, ending the first half with a run that extended into a remarkable third quarter. In a little more than nine minutes of game time, the Ironmen turned a one-point game into a 21-point eyeball-rubber.
Freshman Amber Renz had game-highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds, and senior Siobhan Bross added 14 and seven as Danville stole the spotlight with a 65-45 win at Shikellamy Field House.
"Not your storybook ending," Angstadt said after she was congratulated by a post-game parade of well-wishers. "The main thing I wanted to do was win this game; getting my thousandth would have been the cherry on top.
"It's still great, but I would have been much more happy if we'd won."
The senior point guard needed six points for the milestone, and she had four within the first 4 1/2 minutes on a long jumper from the top and a drive to the hole. The next time she dribbled into the lane, four Ironmen collapsed on her and she dished to Kierra Smith for a 10-9 lead.
Angstadt hadn't attempted a shot in more than three minutes when she was fed the ball off a defensive rebound and raced upcourt with seconds left in the period.
"I heard somebody yell 'shot!' and I looked up at the clock -- three seconds," she said. "I thought, OK, and just let it go. Whaddya know? It went in, and it was really exciting. Not quite how I imagined it, but I'll take it."
Angstadt pumped her fist and ran toward the side of the court opposite the benches as her teammates flooded the court. When she was about to be mobbed, Angstadt said, she realized she'd become the sixth Shikellamy girl to score 1,000 career points.
"That was dramatic, wasn't it?" Braves coach Lew Dellegrotti said. "It was fitting."
The basket gave Shikellamy a 13-12 lead, but the Braves went nearly four minutes of the second quarter without scoring. Still, when Angstadt fed Andrea Amerman in transition, they trailed 17-16.
Danville outscored the Braves 7-2 to close the half, then opened the third quarter with a staggering 14-2 run.
"That's exactly what we needed, to build our confidence coming out of the half," said Bross, recalling Danville's 46-37 loss at home Jan. 5 in which the Ironmen had an eight-point halftime lead.
The Ironmen (13-3, 7-2 HAC-I) shot 9-of-16 from the field and did not commit a turnover in the third quarter. Donie Ann Keeley made a pair of 3-pointers, Kylie Romeo buried another and Renz scored at least six points for the third consecutive period.
"The third quarter I thought we played our best quarter of the year," said Danville coach Steve Moser. "We fed off the threes and defense, and everyone got into the flow. When we ran, we made ducks."
Danville scored on six straight trips at one point, including threes by Romeo and Keeley, and two Renz buckets, and led 45-24 with two minutes left in the third.
"Those three 3-pointers in that short period of time killed us," said Dellegrotti, whose team dropped to 10-6, 5-4. "They played well. They're tough; Renz is tough."
In addition to her points and rebounds, Renz had four steals and four blocked shots.
She upped her team-best scoring average to 16.8 ppg.
"When we played them at our place, I didn't play my game," Renz said. "Coming into this one I wanted to prove to Coach Moser and my teammates that I can help win this game, show them that I'm here to play."
Angstadt finished with 12 points (1,006 career), her pace slowed considerably by Bross shadowing her in a box-and-one defense from late in the first quarter.
She also had four rebounds, four assists, three steals, a huge bunch of balloons and a mammoth cake.
"I give credit to Siobhan; she got into me," said Angstadt. "My girls were doing a good job of cutting and getting open, we just didn't always finish the shots we wanted to.
"And (the Ironmen) were aggressive on the boards, so I give them a lot of credit."