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Big Win for the Lady Huskies
Jan. 14, 2015
Huskies light up offensively against Rams
January 14, 2015, Lewistown Sentinel Save |
LEWISTOWN - When you go and watch a Roger Herto coached basketball team, the expectation is witnessing a low-scoring, tough defensive game.
In Tuesday evening's Mid-Penn Commonwealth clash with Central Dauphin, what you got was the exact opposite - a Mifflin County team playing run-and-gun and scoring like there was no tomorrow.
The end result was a 71-65 victory for the Huskies, who avenged an earlier 60-46 defeat at the hands of the Rams.
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
Mifflin County’s Maggie Wilson, right, attempts to take the ball away from Central Dauphin’s Tori Lesko. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
"I'm really pleased what we did offensively. I know there were times we threw the ball around a little bit, but we are such a better team when 10 hands touch the ball," Herto said. "We had a lot of possessions were it was four, five, six passes. We had a bunch of layups tonight, which we haven't been getting in our half-court sets. We've been taking too many threes and tonight we made the extra passes, got big hoops when we needed them and I'm just really proud of the way the team played."
Three Huskies reached double figures with Maggie Wilson leading the way. She put up 25 points, her second career high in as many games. Jessa Wright contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Bryce Papp chipped in with 13 points.
"Maggie Wilson got her second straight career high and she made big shots all night, including the three right before the half," Herto said. "Jessa's leg was really bothering her tonight. I'm not sure what happened there in the second half. She sucked it up, went out, and made some big plays. I thought Bryce Papp had her best game, in this gym, since I have coached her. She played extremely well. She finished strong and you really feel good for a senior when she can do stuff like that.
"This is a huge win for us as a team. There are two or three games that we're not supposed to win that we have to win and we got one here tonight. The fact that we had to work for it at the end and find a way to do it makes it even better."
Mifflin County (5-7, 3-5 Mid-Penn) jumped out to a 12-2 lead to start the game and led 21-14 after one. Wright had 10 and Wilson collected nine to lead the Huskies.
Central Dauphin (4-6, 3-5 Mid-Penn) fought back thanks to standout guard Tori Lesko. The Ram junior scored 12 points in the second quarter and 30 for the game, including three straight buckets to trim the Husky lead to 26-24 with five minutes remaining until half.
"Lesko is an amazing player, a great player," Herto said. "I was a little bull-headed and should have gone to the box-and-one sooner. It did help some in the fourth quarter when we went to it."
Both teams would trade baskets the rest of the way until the Huskies went on a 9-0 run to end the quarter, giving the hosts a 45-34 lead at the half. A trey by Wright and another three by Wilson with one second on the clock keyed the run.
The third quarter was a sloppy, turnover infested eight minutes with both squads misfiring. The Rams went on an 8-0 run, trimming the deficit to 49-45, before Ali Herto nailed a three with just four seconds left in period.
"You think about how we won by six and you think about Ali's shot in the third and Maggie's before half and they are plays that were key. Everybody looks at the end of the game, but without those two plays, there is the six points," Herto said. "There are so many hidden plays in a basketball game so you keep your head up, keep going and make the next play. I'm really happy for them, for their egos and their confidence. To win a game the way we did tonight is a great confidence builder. I can't tell you how happy I am for this team."
Central Dauphin outscored Mifflin County 20-19 in the final frame, but clutch foul shooting from freshman Eleana Eckley, who scored eight of her nine points in the quarter, and the defense of Kenzie Roush kept the Rams at bay.
"Eleana struggled a little bit but God love her when the game was on the line and those two big free throws in the one-and-one when we were up by four and she hit them both that was big for us," Herto said. "I could talk about so many kids. Kenzie Roush played a great game off the bench. When you teach boxing out all you need to do is take a kid, sit her in a chair, and let her watch Kenzie Roush on video. In 29 years of coaching, there is nobody close, as far as technique goes, on how to box out. She did a lot of good things tonight.
Mifflin County continued its improvement from the charity stripe, going 16-for-21. Central Dauphin was 8-for-16.
"We are improving there. We changed things at practice a little bit. We are working on their shooting, setting goals and making incremental improvements," Herto said. "I think its paid dividends. I think deep down they know they are better and games like this validate that. You can talk about getting better, but until you do it, it's just talk. Tonight we did it."
The Husky JVs won 56-50. Ericka Lepley scored 14 points and Herto added 13.
Mifflin County travels to Chambersburg on Thursday.
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