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Feb 11, 2018 - Altoona Edges Mifflin County
Lady Lions get 1 seed
FEB 11, 2018 For the Mirro By Jon Fleck For the Mirror
Mifflin County and Altoona entered Saturday’s game one-two, respectively, in the District 6 Class 6A rankings, but the Lady Lions were close enough that a win would clinch the top spot entering the playoffs.
Altoona broke open a close game late in the third quarter with a 15-1 run and held on for a 53-49 win at the AAHS Fieldhouse to secure a spot in the district championship game.
“We told them this team is not going to lie down for you. It’s for the number one seed. It’s really going to be a battle, and it was,” Altoona coach Miriam Colledge said. “People had to step up. It was another playoff caliber basketball game. Tight the whole way. They fought us tooth and nail down to the very end.”
Olivia Hudson scored a team-high 17 points, and Bridgid Fox had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jess Stevens scored in double digits as well with 11 points.
“The difference in the game was (Hudson). Their game revolves around her. As a coach you’re a fool if you don’t make it revolve around her,” MC coach Roger Herto said. “I told her going through the line after the game that she’s a difference maker. She’s athletic, but not just that. She has good judgment. She’s a good, solid player.”
After Fox scored on a driving layup midway through the third, Altoona had a 33-30 lead, but Rylie Rittenhouse made 1-of-2 foul shots and scored on a driving layup of her own to tie the game.
Molly Wagoner then blocked a Hudson shot on the defensive end, starting a fast break that ended with Eleana Eckley’s three-point play.
Altoona promptly called timeout to slow the Lady Huskies’ momentum and make a key change.
“We moved some people around and went to our two post players more,”Colledge said. “That started to open the game up for us. Switching up what we were doing was the momentum-changer for us.”
Seniors Jess Stevens, Kayley Burke and Shaina Lear were honored before the game, and all three made big plays during the decisive run.
After Lear made a nice pass out of the high post to Fox for an easy lay-in, and Hudson swished a 3-pointer, Stevens closed out the third quarter with a layup following a Fox miss on the fast break.
“Bridgid had some great layups. I was just following that one in case she missed,” the senior point guard said.
Burke’s layup off another assist from Lear out of the high post to open the fourth quarter continued the run. After Fox scored again down low, the Altoona bench exploded when Stevens drained a long 3-pointer for a 10-point lead with 5:44 left.
“It’s so exciting to have my coaches and teammates cheer me on. It’s an amazing feeling,” Stevens said.
Eckley led Mifflin County with a game-high 19 points, and Rittenhouse added 15.
“You can’t discount anyone on their team,” Colledge said. “The two freshmen (Wagoner and Emma Yeager) are nice players for them. Eckley’s really hard to stop. We try to plan for her, but no matter what you do, she just gets her points. Rittenhouse played very well for them.”
The loss dropped Mifflin County into the district semifinal game against State College. The winner of that game plays Altoona for district gold.
“Everything we got we really had to fight for. I’m proud of that, but the bottom line is we didn’t get a win. Our kids feel like we could do that. For us right now, it’s making sure we have another opportunity to play this team,”Herto said. “We’ll be better the next time. It’s the first time we’ve seen ’em. We’ll have a slightly different approach. We found out a couple things about some of their other players I didn’t know as much about.”
Altoona closes out the regular season Tuesday at home against Williamsport. The cutoff point to accumulate points in the district standings is Monday, so the outcome has no bearing on the rankings.
Mifflin County’s regular season ended at 17-5.
Feb 7, 2018 - MC Girls Win Home Finale
Huskies get by scrappy Tigers
Eckley and Wagoner score a combined 32
FEB 7, 2018 ARTHUR DOWELL
LEWISTOWN –It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but Mifflin County was able to hold off a pesky Hollidaysburg squad, 56-44, in nonleague girls basketball Tuesday.
The Huskies had a lead as large as 15 over the Golden Tigers, but thanks to some big 3-pointers in the second half, Hollidaysburg kept itself in the game until late.
“We made some adjustments and we talked about how Mifflin County was outhustling us and getting to the loose balls,” Hollidaysburg coach Deanna Jubeck said. “We were hitting the gaps and the people we were kicking it to were hitting their shots in the second half.”
Nobody came up bigger for the Tigers (7-12) in the second half — primarily in the fourth quarter — than Theresa Gildea.
Gildea drained four 3-pointers with three of them dropping in the final eight minutes. Others on the squad began to notice her success and began trying to create some open space and get Gildea the ball in hopes of closing the deficit more.
She finished with 14 points in the contest.
Instead, time wasn’t on the Tigers’ side as poor shooting crept up on the team. That led to Mifflin County getting fouled and going to the free-throw line.
It’s often said that’s where games are won or lost, and the Huskies (17-4, 10-4) dominated at the line by going 18-for-19.
“The foul line has always been our bread and butter,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. “This game though was like trying to spread hard butter on soft bread. It just didn’t go any way we wanted it to, but thankfully it went well at the line.”
The Huskies were led by Eleana Eckley’s 21 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 performance at the line. The performance isn’t atypical of the senior, but even she had her struggles.
Mifflin County battled a turnover bug all night long, getting pocketed by the Tigers all night long and that style of play got into the heads of the Huskies’ offense. It was uncharacteristic to see the Huskies even taking some forced shots that just weren’t there for the taking.
“We did not look real smooth tonight and I know it’s a win, but that was certainly not the way we would have wanted to play in our last home game,”Herto said. “They found a way to make it happen and played well at times, but again, physically, I just thought our enery wasn’t there. Every time they closed in, we had the will to fight them off, but it wasn’t what we needed heading into the postseason.”
The Huskies also got a strong contribution from Molly Wagoner. The freshman used her height to her advantage, coming away with five steals and pair of blocks. She also scored 12 points in the game.
“The best thing about Molly is not that she scored 12 points or some big blocks, but that she’ll be the first one to tell you she should have had 20 tonight,” Herto said. “I know that’s what she’s thinking because she had some opportunities there that she didn’t get. She sets very high goals for herself and that’s what drives her and makes her better.”
As for the Tigers, McKenna Hurd had herself a big first half, scoring 12 of her team-high 16 points before the break.
Hurd was all over the court, trying to make things happen both offensively and defensively. That led her into some foul trouble late — she finished with four fouls — but that didn’t worry Jubeck.
“We’ve been there before and we’ve adjusted well,” she said. “She’s been all over the court on both ends and we just need the others to pick it up and feed off of her energy. If we could get five kids to do what she does on the court, we’d be in much better shape down the stretch.”
Both coaches reiterated that adjustments have to be made and both teams have to play hard down the stretch as the playoffs inch closer.
Mifflin County travels to Altoona Saturday.
Feb 3, 2018 - Lady Huskies Fall on Senior Night
Panthers turn tables on Huskies
FEB 3, 2018 BRIAN COX
LEWISTOWN — Aside from a certain Pennsylvania squad playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl, when a team has to go without its primary offensive weapon, the absence is usually quite noticeable.
Mifflin County, playing without star guard Eleana Eckley, who was scratched from the lineup, struggled to find its rhythm offensively at times and turned the ball over several others in a disjointed 45-42 girls basketball loss to visiting Mid-Penn Commonwealth foe Central Dauphin East — a team the Huskies defeated by 29 when they last met a month ago.
But, as coaches tend to do, Mifflin County’s Roger Herto wasn’t looking for any sympathy due to Eckley’s absence, nor excuses for the defeat.
“I think that’s kind of irrelevant because we didn’t have her,” Herto said. “I don’t like to deal in what could’ve happened. Bottom line, we didn’t have her.”
In the absence of their leading scorer, the Huskies turned to junior Hannah Aumiller and she did not disappoint. Aumiller led all scorers with 18 points and at times seemed to hoist her team onto her back to keep it in the game.
Aumiller was held scoreless in the opening period, but seemed to get better as the game progressed. She scored 11 of her team’s 21 second-half points and, until the fourth quarter, was the only Husky player to earn free throws.
“I think early she was trying to do a little bit too much, put a little bit of pressure on herself,” Herto said. “When Hannah lets the game come to her, good things really happen there. She certainly did step it up tonight.”
In what had been a game of runs during the first three quarters, the final period was a seesaw affair, especially in the closing four minutes.
CD East was able to charge ahead when Aunbrielle Green was able to convert a 3-point play and then rattle another one home from in close on consecutive trips down the floor.
Mifflin County regained the lead when Rylie Rittenhouse scored despite being bumped in the process. Her free throw was no good, however, and shortly thereafter Taja Colbert was able to connect to put the Panthers back in front, a lead they built to three later on when Alivia Edmonds was true on a jumper.
But the Huskies wouldn’t quit. Mifflin County quickly strung together an Aumiller bucket, a defensive stop and a basket by Jamie Mahigel with 1:38 to play — a great time for her only two points of the evening — to put the home team ahead by one.
Unfortunately for Mifflin County, those would be the final points it would score.
Tiara Little was able to hit a floater in the lane to give the Panthers the lead and later, when Mifflin County was forced to foul in the final minute to stop the clock, Little stepped to the line and buried not only the front end of a pressure-packed 1-and-1 with a noisy student section at full throat, but the bonus shot as well.
A dry offensive trip forced the Huskies to foul Little again, but this time she missed the front end, opening the door for one last gasp by Mifflin County.
Instead of a bucket, it was a turnover and a loss for the Huskies.
“The game came down to a few possessions there in that fourth quarter that I really wish we could have had back,” Herto said. “I thought both teams were really playing ugly there in that fourth quarter. … I’m proud of the kids for the way they battled. It wasn’t effort that cost us it. We just didn’t execute well or shoot very well, but that’s gonna happen. That’s basketball.”
The game was often fast-paced, despite the relatively low score. At times the teams would go up and down the floor several times with nary a ball hitting the rim. On several occasions, the teams would trade two or three steals in the course of a few seconds.
When the Huskies were able to settle down, they managed to get good looks on the inside with ball movement and quick passing despite being at bit of a strength disadvantage on the low post. Most of the damage Mifflin County was able to inflict offensively came via layups off either drives to the rim or quality passes on backdoor cuts that caught the Panthers out of position defensively.
The Huskies scored the game’s first six points and seemed to be in control early, having not surrendered a point in the opening 4:30.
But once the Panthers started to undercut the Huskies’ passes, that led to several transition opportunites for CD East. The visitors ended the first quarter on a 13-2 run to take a five-point lead eight minutes in.
In the second, CD East continued to make the Huskies’ life difficult when they tried to pass on the perimeter, as more turnovers led to odd-man rushes the other way. The Panthers were able to build the lead to as large as eight before an old-fashioned 3-point play by Aumiller in the final minute trimmed the halftime deficit to five at 26-21.
In the third quarter, the Huskies seemed determined to duplicate the fast start they had in the first. They wound up doing even better and even turned the turnover tables on the Panthers for a while.
Mifflin County won the JV game 51-46 led by Fern Silfies’ 17 points.
Mifflin County (16-4, 10-4) hosts Hollidaysburg on Tuesday.
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