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Jan 24, 2018 - Another First for the 2017-2018 MC Girls
Huskies clip Eagles’ wings
Win is first against CV in team history
JAN 24, 2018 ARTHUR DOWELL Sentinel sports firstname.lastname@example.org
LEWISTOWN –It’s been a season of firsts for the Mifflin County girls basketball program, and after Tuesday night’s 51-50 win over Cumberland Valley in Mid-Penn Conference action, another first was added to the list.
Just coming off its first regular-season sweep of State College, the Huskies defeated Cumberland Valley for the first since the two teams began playing one another in 2012.
The win snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Eagles.
Despite this not being a typical season for the Eagles — who appeared in three straight state championship games through 2016 — they didn’t give up and made the game come down to the final seconds for the Huskies.
“To the kids credit, we showed some grit,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. “We showed some fight on defense tonight and I thought that played a big part in us turning things around tonight.”
It was in those final seconds that strategy was on the Huskies’ side.
With Cumberland Valley out of timeouts and Abbie Miller making it a one-point game with fewer than five seconds remaining, the Huskies were reminded that they could hold onto the ball after the shot and let the clock run out for the win.
That’s exactly what Eleana Eckley did before the celebrations began.
“I have to give kudos to my assistants because they were the one’s who said to me that they’re out of timeouts and if they score to not inbound the ball,”Herto said. “We saw the ball go through there and saw that it was just under five seconds left and at that point we just ate it.”
If there was ever a team win, Tuesday’s game was that for the Huskies.
After getting the lead for the first time with just under two minutes to play in the third quarter, the Huskies found a way to sustain the lead — getting it up to as much as six at one point in the fourth — never to relinquish it.
Defensively, nobody had a bigger game for the Huskies than 6 foot-2 freshman Molly Wagoner, who celebrated her birthday in style.
Often seen all over the court, diving after the ball and distrupting the Eagles’ passing game, Wagoner had five blocks and a pair of steals — including in the game’s final minute — to help the Huskies overcome Cumberland Valley.
“I didn’t realize it was her birthday (until the student section started singing) but that’s a pretty good birthday for Molly,” Herto said. “I think a lot of people would have that birthday if they could have it. She had another solid game for us, and since missing the first two games with an injury, she has just gotten better.”
Wagoner also used her height to her advantage offensively, scoring six points.
Another big contributor in the defensive game was Emma Yeager. The freshman had no easy job having to defend the Eagles’ Julie Jekot, whom Herto says is their best offensive player.
After having some struggles defending Jekot in the first half and allowing 12 points, Yeager shut her down the rest of the way.
The late game strategies would not have been an impact if Herto didn’t make a necessary change he had no plans on doing at any point in the game.
With the Eagles opening the game up on a 13-2 run, Herto called a timeout and switched the defense from zone to man for the remainder of the contest. The change did wonders for the team.
“I told the girls that it looked like we were carrying 50 pound weights on our back, everybody looked sluggish,” Herto said. “It looked like they were not into the game, and I had no intentions of going man, none, zero. I thought that was the only way we would get out of it and to the kids credit, we did.”
Offensively, the Huskies were led by the typical contributors.
Eckley scored a game-high 23 points, 15 of those in the second half. Hannah Aumiller (12 points) and Rylie Rittenhouse (11) also had solid contributions and all of the Huskies’ 3-pointers.
For the Eagles, Allison Hinish finished with 11 points while Abbie Miller had 10 to go along with Jekot’s team-high 12.
Despite all the obstacles Mifflin County has overcome from both health and having to travel for 15 of its 23 games this season, Herto says there is work to be done. The first step will be getting games off to better starts, especially with a matchup against a tough Harrisburg team on Friday.
“We still have a lot of things to fix,” he said. “We can’t continue to have these slow starts, it’s eventually going to catch up to us. I guarantee we go to Harrisburg and have that, it won’t end in our favor. You can’t have that against a team like that.”
First thing’s first, though. The Huskies will have take care of business at Carlisle today, a team Mifflin County beat by 50 earlier this season.
Herto is worried it could be a trap game because of that success and the team may have its mind jumping ahead to Friday.
Jan 20, 2018 - Lady Huskies Sweep State College
Huskies pull away from Lions
Mifflin County has strong 4th quarter play
JAN 20, 2018 WILL WHISLER Sentinel correspondent
LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County battled adversity through three quarters, struggling to run its offense and keep State College’s Maya Bokunewicz in check.
The Huskies used a dominant fourth quarter in which Mifflin County overcame a seven-point deficit, thanks in large part to Hannah Aumiller and her 11 fourth quarter points in Mifflin County’s 56-45 victory over State College in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth girls basketball contest Friday night.
Mifflin County (13-2, 7-2 Commonwealth) took an early 3-0 lead after Aumiller knocked down a 3-pointer following the opening tip, but did not regain the lead until midway through the fourth quarter.
The Little Lions’ (7-8, 4-5 Commonwealth) Bokunewicz scored eight points in the opening quarter and was in double figures by halftime as the Huskies struggled to find an answer for her defensively.
“With three practices canceled due to snow, we hadn’t practiced five-on-five since last Friday and I think it showed tonight,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. “We didn’t play well in the first three quarters, but we were able to hang in there and get a win.”
Mifflin County struggled to knock down shots in the opening minutes, prompting Herto to call a timeout with 5:07 left in the second quarter. The Huskies finally got moving offensively and closed the first half on an 11-5 run to trail 24-20 at the break.
The Little Lions’ made it clear that they were not going to let Eleana Eckley beat them as they held her scoreless in the first half after she scored 29 points and recorded her 1,000th-career point earlier this season against State College.
“I have to commend Eleana,” Herto said. “I don’t know what the voting will say at the end of the year, but she is the best player in the Commonwealth. They used a triangle and one and doubled her all night. She stayed poised, kept the team together and had a big and-1 for us. Her maturity tonight was big.”
Eckley started to get into a groove offensively in the second, relying on Mifflin County’s strong supporting cast of Rylie Rittenhouse, Molly Wagoner and Aumiller to get the Huskies back on track.
The Little Lions, though, went on an 11-6 run to push their lead to 39-32 entering the final frame.
The physical play of Mifflin County, including multiple trips to the free-throw line in transition, as well as a 42-31 advantage on the glass allowed Mifflin County to take a 44-43 lead with 4:43 remaining in the fourth.
While the game certainly did not come easy for the Huskies, Herto knew that all his team needed was to find the energy to retake the lead.
“I felt like we were really better on the floor than they were tonight,” Herto said. “Sometimes with a rivalry game you worry, but you just need to make the plays in front of you. Hopefully tonight was a step toward getting past that.”
Despite shots not falling early for Aumiller, it was clear that she was a focal point in the Huskies’ game plan, as she scored a career-high 15 points in the win.
“I really needed to believe in myself and I really needed to step up for my team,”Aumiller said. “Having a night like tonight really helps me to believe in myself and to help my teammates.”
“Hannah Aumiller took a big step tonight,” Herto said. “She hit a three early on and then missed a couple shots. Her M.O. in the past had been to sit back after misses and then let the game happen and tonight we needed her, and to her credit she made them when we needed them. She hit a couple jumpers and got to the basket as well.”
Equally as important for the Huskies was the stellar play of the freshman Wagoner, who contributed eight points while collecting 16 rebounds, dishing out six assists and blocking five shots for Mifflin County.
“In the first half, we weren’t really doing well offensively, but in the second half we stayed more spread out,” Wagoner said. “We passed the ball well and were able to score.”
The defensive effort that led to a 24-6 advantage for Mifflin County in the fourth quarter also came in large part to freshman Emma Yeager, who was able to hold Bokunewicz to just two baskets from the floor in the second half, including just two points in the fourth.
“From the time at halftime when we put her on Bokunewicz, that really changed the game,” Herto said. “It took her out of the game and she didn’t score like she was in the first half. Emma is a tough, gritty kid who has a lot of energy and she provided a spark.”
The Huskies’ role players provided a huge spark in the victory, as seven players scored for the Huskies. Rittenhouse recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Eckley scored 11 points for Mifflin County.
“It’s so cool that even if someone is having a bad game, so many other people are able to step up,” Wagoner said. “We have a great all-around team.”
With the win, Mifflin County earned a season-sweep of rival State College for the first time in school history. Mifflin County defeated the Little Lions 48-44 at State College on Dec. 18.
“It’s an awesome feeling since this is something that we have never done before,”Aumiller said. “This team is like a family and it’s really awesome for us.”
The Huskies, who have gotten out to an all-time best 13-2 start, will face a tough stretch of games next week starting with a home game against Cumberland Valley Tuesday.
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.
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