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Lady Huskies Beat Carlisle
Jan. 10, 2015
Wilson, Wright drive Huskies
Veteran duo sparks MC against Herd
January 10, 2015
Lewistown Sentinel Save |,
LEWISTOWN - Mifflin ady County doesn't have a lot of experience, but the two experienced players it does have made sure a huge early advantage didn't slip away.
Maggie Wilson scored a career-high 22 points and Jessa Wright had a double-double that included 13 points and 10 rebounds as Mifflin County defeated the Carlisle 56-41 in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth girls basketball game on Friday night at Mifflin County High School.
"Maggie's the kind of kid where you watch the way she works, in practice, outside of practice, in games, that you feel good when she has a game like that," Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. "She really stepped up tonight."
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY?KREITZER
Mifflin County’s Elizabeth Rodgers (22) goes for a layup as Carlisle’s Alex Shope defends Friday evening in Lewistown. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
Carlisle's Alex Shope struck for the first points of the night with a corner three, but Wright had a quick answer.
She quickly exploited Carlisle's lack of an interior presence and got to the foul line for two free throws then hit a three of her own to put the Huskies up 5-3.
Wilson took it from there and scored the next six Husky points on two free throws, a jumper and a transition lay up on a beautiful pass from Wright.
A Wright put-back started an 11-0 Mifflin County run that ended with Shope's lay up with 15 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Huskies' junior captain finished the opening quarter with 10 points, three rebounds and two steals and combined with Wilson to score the first 15 Mifflin County points.
"Offensively, Jessa and Maggie really stepped up tonight," Herto said. "I thought Maggie really did a nice job of creating some shots for herself. As a team, this was more of a 'C' game, it certainly wasn't an 'A' game or a 'B' game."
The Huskies fell into a bit of a lull, or what seemed like one after a 22-point first quarter.
They started doing something that few basketball players on the planet can afford to do - play one-on-one basketball.
Wilson's three made it 27-14 with 2:56 to play in the quarter, but that was the last time Mifflin County got on the scoreboard before halftime.
Freshman Alexa Askins was the spark that Carlisle, who didn't have much going aside from Shope, needed.
She came off the bench and scored five of the seven Thundering Herd points in the nearly three minute run before halftime.
"We started taking bad shots," Herto said. "We got a lead. We run the same stuff, but all of a sudden, the team starts to play one-on-one. I joke with them, and I'm sick of joking with them. They get in this mode where their favorite play is ad lib. We don't have ad lib in the playbook.
"When they start doing that and start to wing it ... we are not good at that. We are better when 10 hands touch the ball. We make four or five passes and try and get into something. To their credit, they found a way to get their feet back under them."
Askins stayed hot out of the half and hit a lay up to close the Huskies lead to four, but it was Wilson, who snapped the nearly five-minute scoreless stretch by getting to the line on a lay up attempt.
Wilson answered a pair of Carlisle buckets with a three and pushed the lead to six.
Wright then made one of the bigger plays of the night and dove for a loose ball, forcing the Thundering Herd player to step out of bounds and turn the ball over.
That led to another Wilson jumper and a Rylie Rittenhouse basket extended the lead to 10 and the Huskies were never seriously threatened again.
Shope finished the night with a team-high 14 points for Carlisle.
The Huskies won the junior varsity game 52-38.
Mifflin County (4-7, 2-4 Mid-Penn) will travel to District 6 foe Altoona on Monday before hosting Central Dauphin Tuesday.
"We need a good effort against Altoona and good efforts against Central Dauphin," Herto said. "Then we cap next week off with a third game against Cumberland Valley. We've got to come out and get two good games Monday and Tuesday. We've got to come out and play better team ball and not ad lib ball."
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