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Lewisburg girls hold off Shikellamy

Jan. 24—LEWISBURG — Addy Wurdeman boldly leaned into a 3-pointer from the right wing that was probably the last shot Lewisburg wanted while up four points late in Wednesday's game.

When it went down, though, it was exactly what the junior guard and her teammates needed. The Green Dragons took their largest lead against Shikellamy on Wurdeman's trey with 94 seconds left.

"They gave me a lot of space, I feel like," she said, "and I wasn't hitting earlier in the game, so I think they just thought I wouldn't take it."

Braves sophomore sharpshooter Lily Fatool answered with two triples, cutting the deficit to a bucket with 31 seconds to play. Lewisburg held firm from the foul line, sinking six consecutive free throws over that final half-minute to snap a three-game slide with the 41-35 win in Heartland Athletic Conference Division I play.

Wuerdeman scored all 11 of her points in a wild fourth quarter during which the Green Dragons scored more points (22) than either team had through three periods. They desperately needed such a rally after dropping six of their previous seven games and giving up a halftime lead Wednesday at home.

"We've had a lot of tough games lately against some really good teams, and we just came up a bit short," said Lewisburg coach Brent Sample. "We just talked today about coming out strong, playing hard the whole game and just playing as a team. It was good to see. We've just been so close. We needed a game like this to get over the hump."

Sophomores Maddy Moyers (15 points) and Teagan Osunde (13) joined Wuerdeman in double-figures, and Osunde added a game-high 16 rebounds for the Green Dragons (7-7 overall, 2-3 HAC-I).

Fatool led all scorers with 22 points, including four second-half 3s, but Shikellamy (11-6, 5-2) lost ground to division-leading Jersey Shore (6-0 in HAC-I) on a night when the Braves shot 22.5% from the floor (14-of-62).

Lewisburg took a 14-10 halftime lead on the strength of its 7-of-8 clip at the foul line coupled with Shikellamy's 0-for-9 start from 3. Fatool ended the drought in the third quarter with a pair of 3-pointers, including one she rattled in for an 18-17 lead at the 3:26 mark.

The Braves were in front 21-19 early in the fourth when Wuerdeman's first of three 3-pointers sparked the Green Dragons' surge. She entered the game with a team-high 23 triples, one of maybe a dozen area girls with 20-plus.

"This year it's just like she's taken her confidence to the next level," said Sample. "She had a really good summer. She was a really good shooter, and she's worked on the defensive end of her game, putting a lot of hours in and making herself a little better all-around player."

The teams traded baskets in the middle part of the fourth, and Fatool drove and hung in the air for an extra beat to convert for a 27-26 Shik lead. Wuerdeman buried a 3 from the left wing on the next trip, and Lewisburg never trailed again.

"I don't really drive much, so it's mostly just Maddy driving and kicking it to me. It just creates another threat that they have to worry about it," said Wuerdeman. "My teammates are very supportive, the coaches, too, and they pick me up a lot. (The coaches) have always liked my shot, and they've always wanted me to keep shooting as I got older and I have more confidence."

Braves senior Allison Minnier had five rebounds in the fourth, including a couple after her nose was bloodied in a crowd with 2:30 to play. Moments after she left the court for treatment, Wuerdeman was whistled for an offensive foul. Shikellamy missed three shots on its possession — reminiscent of a frustrating five-miss trip in the third — and Wuerdeman knocked down her dagger to make it 34-27 at the 1:34 mark.

"You're trying to run the clock in that situation, but one of the things about her is she'd hit a couple before that and she had a lot of confidence in herself," Sample said. "If anyone's going to shoot that shot, I'm glad it was her."

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LEWISBURG 41, SHIKELLAMY 35

Shikellamy (11-6, 5-2) 35

Lily Fatool 9 0-0 22, Olivia Solomon 1 0-0 2, Blaire Balestrini 3 0-0 6, Allison Minnier 1 2-2 4, Nadia Smith 0 1-2 1. Totals 14 3-4 35.

3-point goals: Fatool 4.

Did not score: Kianah Lenner, Eden Daku-Treas.

Lewisburg (7-7, 2-3) 41

Maddy Moyers 2 10-13 15, Addy Wuerdeman 3 2-2 11, Teagan Osunde 3 7-8 13, Lauren Schwartz 1 0-0 2. Totals 9 19-23 41.

3-point goals: Wuedeman 3, Moyers.

Did not score: Sydney Bolinsky, Addy Shedleski, Ava Motto, Faridah Aboueid.

Score by quarters

Shikellamy;4;6;11;14 — 35

Lewisburg;8;6;5;22 — 41