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Cumberland Valley Lights it Up
Dec. 20, 2014
Jekots, Eagles handle Huskies
Poor shooting stifles Mifflin County
December 20, 2014, Lewistown Sentinel Save |
LEWISTOWN - It is almost impossible to beat a team like Cumberland Valley even at the top of your game.
If you shoot only 11 percent from the field in the first half, the results are inevitable.
The Eagles came into their Mid-Penn Commonwealth girls' basketball contest against Mifflin County ranked No. 1 in the state, the defending PIAA Class AAAA champions, and a team many call one of the best ever.
Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER
Mifflin County’s Marissa Byler, right, reaches for the ball as Cumberland Valley’s Taylor Sneidman rebounds Friday in Lewistown. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
When the final buzzer sounded, Cumberland Valley made good on all the hype with a 78-34 dismantling of the Huskies.
Kelly Jekot, one of the top players in the nation, showcased her mad skills with a 21-point, eight assist night. The junior also grabbed five rebounds and collected seven steals in only three quarters of action. Katie Jekot matched her older sister's scoring with 21 of her own.
"They are an extremely good team. The best high school basketball team I thought I had ever seen was Pittsburgh Central Catholic in the late '80s," Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. "They won 120-some games in a row and had six full rides on that team. This team is just as good and could be better because they play team basketball. They are not only outstanding players they play outstanding.
"You have to give the coach (Bill Wolf) credit. He has a lot of talent for sure, but he has them in a scheme were they are feeding off each other and when they have it rolling, nobody is going to beat that team."
Mifflin County (2-4, 1-3 Commonwealth) got off to a horrendous start, shooting only 1-of-14 from the floor in the first quarter. Freshman Eleana Eckley, who finished with nine points, had the only bucket in the period and that came with just 1:21 to go in the first.
Cumberland Valley (4-0, 4-0 Commonwealth) had no such trouble. Kelly Jekot poured in eight points and Katie Jekot added six as the Eagles jumped out to a 16-0 lead before the Huskies made a bucket. The quarter ended with Mifflin County down 23-2.
The Eagles out-scored the Huskies 18-8 in the second quarter and took a commanding 41-10 lead at the half.
"Unfortunately, we start the game by going 3-for-27 in the first half and you can see the heads go down. I told the girls nobody is going to feel sorry for you if the ball isn't going in," Herto said. "You just have to keep working and find a way to make it work. In the second half we showed some life but when you start scoring against them the ball keeps going up and down the court and it just gives Cumberland Valley more possessions and you saw what they can do when they have the ball."
Mifflin County came out much better in the second half, thanks to the play of Jessa Wright, Maggie Wilson and Eckley. The trio combined for 15 of the Huskies' 19 points in the third quarter. Wright finished the game in double digits with 14 points.
The problem was Cumberland Valley put up 29 in the frame with the Jekot sisters combining for 21 points in the quarter for a commanding 70-29 lead.
"They shot the lights out tonight and they are just a much better team than we are right now. For us the focus was to try and get better at certain things," Herto said. "I thought we did a lot better boxing out and rebounding the ball tonight. We did that better than any other point in the season, so that was a positive for us. We had 12 turnovers in the first and we cut that to four in the second. There are things in this game we can build on unfortunately it's overshadowed by the fact if you don't put the ball in the hoop that's the bottom line. When you go 3-for-27 from the field, you did a hole you can't get out of."
Cumberland Valley is as good as advertised and now Herto and his charges must shrug off the loss and get ready for a battle with State College and UConn-bound Kyla Irwin on Tuesday.
"I love the way the kids battled and fought tonight. We have a big game coming up before Christmas against State College in here on Tuesday," Herto said. "I believe there are two teams at the top of this league - CD East and Cumberland Valley. I think CV is at the very top of the mountain, CD East is halfway there and the rest of us are somewhere in that mix. We have a game against State College that we have to be competitive in and find a way to win. So, we'll come to practice tomorrow and start working."
The Husky JVs won 34-32 behind Ali Herto's 11 points.
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