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Lady Huskies Win Mid-Penn Home Opener
Dec. 13, 2014
Despite struggles, Mifflin County wins
Strong effort in third, fourth delivers
December 13, 2014, Lewistown Sentinel Save |
LEWISTOWN - It wasn't pretty, but Mifflin County girls basketball coach Roger Herto will take a win however he can get it.
The Huskies missed open jumpers, easy layups and continued to struggle from the free-throw line yet still managed to snap a two-game losing skid by beating Chambersburg 56-41 for their first Mid-Penn Commonwealth victory of the season.
"I'm not really too disappointed with how we played defensively. Offensively, in the first half alone we took 37 shots to their 18. You take that many shots you shouldn't be going into the locker room only up by five," Herto said. "The game should be over by that point. We were 3-of-14 in layup finishes in the first half. You have to finish what you start.
Sentinel photo by MATT?STRICKER
Mifflin County’s Jessa Wright (13) attempts a jump shot over Chambersburg defenders Lindsay Embly (obscured) and Elizabeth Bishop (22) Friday in Lewistown. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
Mifflin County (2-2, 1-1 Mid-Penn) shot only 26 percent from the field and 50 percent from the charity stripe (15-of-30). Despite the shooting problems, the Huskies' defense forced 22 turnovers and used a big 17-0 run at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth to break the game open for the win.
"I feel like we are in my old Subaru which in its dying days could only go 55 but I tried to go 70 in it. That's what we are trying to do," Herto said. "We're going way too fast, throwing the ball away and not finishing breaks. That comes down to discipline and that's on me as a coach. We have to pull in the reins and get a lot smarter. The effort is great and you can't fault the kids for that but you have to be smart as well. The game doesn't always go to the team that works the hardest. We have to be a smarter basketball team and learn to finish."
The Trojans (1-3, 0-2) went on a 9-2 run late in the third to cut the Husky lead to 29-28 with just 19 seconds left in the period. From there it was all Mifflin County.
Jessa Wright made two free throws to end the third and start the 17-0 run. A trey from Maggie Wilson, four straight points from Eleana Eckley, a deuce from Bryce Papp, two free throws from Bryn Ferguson and back-to-back jumpers from Wright and Wilson and just like that a 29-28 game became 46-28 with 4:32 left in regulation.
"In the run we went into a defense where instead of going out and chasing them we played a little soft, let them make mistakes, play center field a little bit and I thought everything happened from our defense," Herto said. "When you go into monster, which is like a zone set, kids go into a different mindset. The kids relax a little more, it showed on the other end, and that was the only time we were relaxed on the offensive end and finished. The only difference in that run from the rest of the game is we finished and that was a byproduct of the defense we were in and the girls playing relaxed."
Papp led all Husky scorers with 11, while Eckley finished in double-digits with 10.
Most of the damage came in the fourth quarter with Mifflin County out-scoring Chambersburg 25-13.
The Huskies took a 12-4 advantage after one period and led 20-15 at the half. The Trojans, led by Lindsay Embly and Jenn Grove, cut the deficit to 31-28 by scoring 10 of Chambersburg's 13 points in the third quarter.
Grove led all scorers with 15 points and seven rebounds. Embly, who came in averaging 18 points per game, collected 14 points and eight boards.
The schedule gets brutal for Mifflin County next week with three Mid-Penn toughies and a trip to Jersey on the docket.
"It would be hard for anybody in Pennsylvania right now to say they are playing a harder upcoming schedule than we are," Herto said. "We go to CD East and they are undefeated and have six 6-footers on their roster; Cumberland Valley, defending state champions and favored to win it again, comes here; and then you follow that up with State College; and then you follow that up by going to the boardwalk in Atlantic City and playing the No. 9 team in the state of New Jersey. We have to play a lot better than we did tonight if we want to make something out of those four games.
"I love this team, love these kids, love their attitude, love their heart, love their fight and I know I have 16 good kids on this team and I believe in them. We just have to learn to finish," Herto said. "We scored 56 points and I don't mean this in a derogatory way to Chambersburg, but this should have been a 70-80 point night for us if we finish."
The Husky JVs won 44-21. Ericka Lepley led Mifflin County with 15 points.
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