sharp edge selection problems

I have a sphere. i put a slit edge modifier on it. put it in edit mode and pressed alt shift then selected a face. instead of deselecting the whole sphere except the ring of faces i selected it deselects two rows of faces and leaves the rest of the sphere selected. How dow i change this! thank you for your help

Try Shift + Select.

Thanks i figured it out i needed to hit control tab and select “faces”