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Jan 13, 2018 - Road Win at Chambersburg for Lady Huskies
Mifflin County 60, Chambersburg 38
CHAMBERSBURG — Mifflin County got a 60-38 win over Mid-Penn foe Chambersburg in girls basketball but coach Roger Herto says there is a lot of room for improvement.
“We needed to come down and get a win, but we certainly didn’t bring our A-game,” he said. “What we brought tonight was more of a C- or D-game.
“As we get closer to the playoffs, we need to bring our two Es, energy and effort and we didn’t do that tonight. We won simply because we were better than this team, but this was not one of our better performances.”
Eleana Eckley drained six 3-pointers and went a perfect 7-for-7 at the free-throw line to lead the Huskies with 25 points.
Mifflin County (12-2, 6-2) travels to Carlisle Tuesday.
Jan 10, 2018 - Lady Huskies Too Much for Lady Panthers
Mifflin County wins big, clinches berth in playoffs
JAN 10, 2018
With the win, Mifflin County has clinched a playoff spot.
“Who would have thought that in game No. 13, we would clinch playoffs?,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto asked. “It usually comes down to the wire and last year, we clinched a spot in the same gymnasium, but that came at the end of the season. To come down here and beat them by this large of a margin, that’s really saying something. They’re really starting to get the hang of it.”
It comes as no surprise that Eleana Eckley (28 points) and Rylie Rittenhouse (18) led the way offensively. Herto says the appreciation is deserved, but that Hannah Aumiller and her 13 points should also get equal praise.
“It was a great team win and the 1-2 punch of Eckley and Rittenhouse will get a lot of attention, as it should,” He said. “But Aumiller played her best game, not because she scored 13, but because she really held down a D2 recruit.”
Herto also said the team’s third-quarter performance was the best he’s seen in a long time, putting everything together offensively and defensively, outscoring Central Dauphin East, 22-5.
Mifflin County (11-2) travels to Chambersburg Friday.
Jan 6, 2018 - MC Girls Top Central Dauphin
Huskies strong in second half
Mifflin County a win shy of playoff clinch
JAN 6, 2018 WILLIAM WHISLER Sentinel correspondent
LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County remained calm when it found itself behind in the third quarter.
The Huskies stayed collected against a strong Central Dauphin press in the final minutes, but most importantly — they got to the line early and often — scoring 22 of their points at the free-throw line in a 55-51 victory in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth girls basketball contest at Mifflin County on Friday night.
“We really emphasize the foul line, maybe more than most teams,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. “I’m a big believer that you can win at the foul line every night, as long as you are smart. As long as you don’t commit silly fouls you can win that game and it was certainly a big part of this tonight.”
The Huskies (10-2, 4-2 Commonwealth) took advantage of 13 second-half fouls by the Rams, scoring 14 points in the half at the line. Rylie Rittenhouse was splendid for the Huskies, scoring 17 points behind a perfect 11-of-11 night at the free-throw line — none of which were bigger than her pair of free throws with 3.1 seconds left to seal the victory. Rittenhouse also grabbed nine rebounds.
“Rylie was very calm and put it away,” Herto said. “She showed really good leadership tonight.”
The Huskies wasted no time catching fire in the opening minutes as Molly Wagoner found a wide-open Hannah Aumiller on the wing for a 3-pointer immediately after the opening tip. The Huskies, led by Rittenhouse’s 10-point opening quarter, looked inspired after falling to Commonwealth foe Harrisburg on Tuesday night. Mifflin County led 18-13 after the opening frame.
“We were nervous after not playing well against Harrisburg,” Rittenhouse said. “We knew that we had to get this game and we were ahead and felt good. After halftime, we fell back a little, but we turned it on again. We were pumped up. I had no doubt those (free throws) were going to go in.”
Mifflin County continued to spread out its scoring in the second quarter, as Eleana Eckley, Emma Yeager, Jamie Mahigel and Aumiller each scored in the stanza. It was a frustrating first half for Eckley, as she was held to just three points before the break. The Huskies led 28-26 going into the locker room after Sam Gress caught fire for the Rams, knocking down two 3-pointers.
After halftime, Central Dauphin (5-5, 3-3 Commonwealth) continued its run, using a physical zone defense while capitalizing on several stops before taking its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer by Faith St. Claire with 6:15 left in the third. After a Mifflin County basket, the Rams retook the lead on a 3-pointer by Grace Long. Central Dauphin led 39-37 after three quarters.
The Rams continued to play physical defense, as multiple players continuously swarmed whoever had the basketball for the Huskies. Mifflin County battled back, showcasing its physicality on the boards, while driving through small lanes, absorbing contact and getting to the line.
With just over five minutes left in the fourth, Molly Wagoner sunk a turn-around jumper to give Mifflin County a 41-39 lead. The Husky defense stepped up, holding the Rams scoreless through the first 4:09 of the fourth quarter. That run gave the Huskies all the momentum, as Eckley grabbed a rebound over a taller defender, and was fouled on her shot, converting a 3-point play at the line to give the Huskies a 46-41 lead.
It was that flash of strength defensively and on the boards in the final minutes that Herto believes came from his team’s offseason work ethic.
“This summer we made a strong commitment to the weight room. Central Dauphin is without a doubt the most physically tough team in the league,” Herto said. “That’s what always hurt us against them. They would wear us down. The commitment the girls made this summer is what I was thinking about a lot in the fourth quarter. It really sent a message that we are stronger. It really paid off tonight.”
Eckley finished the night with 14 points and four rebounds, while Yeager contributed 10 points. Wagoner grabbed 10 rebounds in the win.
For Mifflin County, the four-point victory is one that Herto said could be the biggest win in school history.
“I really think this was the biggest win in this school’s history, just because of the fact that this team coming in here tonight had just gotten all their kids back,” Herto said. “(Central Dauphin) is a really good basketball team. After showing flaws on Tuesday, this was a real gut-check. I’m so proud of the way they played.”
With its sensational start to the season, the Huskies now sit at 10-2, 4-2 in the Commonwealth. The players believe that the 2017-18 season is going to be extremely special at the halfway point.
“It’s so exciting to be a part of a really good team this year,” Rittenhouse said. “We’ve worked really hard so we deserve this. I know in the past we have been the underdogs and people underestimate us, but we are going to win some.”
The Huskies will now hit the road for their next three games against conference opponents, starting with Central Dauphin East Tuesday.
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