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CD East Too Good
Jan. 21, 2015
Panthers’ first-half run closes door
Huskies unable to overcome touted opponent
January 21, 2015, Lewistown Sentinel Save |
LEWISTOWN - A 20-4 run by Central Dauphin East to end the first half obliterated a nice start by Mifflin County as the sixth ranked girls' team in the state cruised to a 70-38 Mid-Penn Commonwealth victory Tuesday evening.
With the score just 14-12 with 5:52 left in the second, the Panthers (15-0, 10-0 Mid-Penn) out-scored the Huskies 15-2 before a Rylie Rittenhouse field goal at the 1:15 mark made it 29-16. Jessica Rawls came off the bench to score seven points, keying the run. The sophomore finished with 11 points and seven boards.
Brittany Robinson was a force inside for Central Dauphin East, collecting 26 points and pulling down 12 boards for the visitors. She had 16 points and eight rebounds in the first half. The big run made it 34-16 at halftime and the Panthers never looked back. They were just too big, too fast and too physical for the Huskies.
Sentinel photo by MATT?STRICKER
Mifflin County’s Jessa Wright (13) grabs a rebound away from Central Dauphin East’s Justyn Roberts Tuesday in Lewistown. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
"They are ranked sixth in the state and 18th in the nation by USA Today so we aren't talking about just another good team," Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. "They are very good and we have very little room for error. The kids played hard. We came out in a triangle-and-two, slowed the game down and confused them a little. We had it at the pace we wanted it. They cranked it up defensively in the second quarter. They are athletic and long and they cranked it up and shut us down.
"I was pleased with the effort but I wasn't pleased with some of our decisions. You can't do cross-court passes 20 feet in the air on a team like this. They dominated the glass. We had them for 30 inside shots on the basket in the first half. They just relentlessly hit the boards and are an extremely athletic team."
Mifflin County (6-8, 4-6 Mid-Penn) saw its three-game winning streak come to end after the 24-8 second quarter put the game out of reach.
The Huskies came out and controlled the tempo for most of the first quarter, holding the Panthers to 10 points and forcing seven turnovers. Robinson had all 10 points for the visitors. Despite the good start, the Huskies managed only eight points in the quarter,
"This was much more of a game than the first time we played them, even though the score doesn't look it. It was much different game with a much different feel. I actually felt we controlled tempo for the first 10-11 minutes of the ball game, but a really good team only needs two or three minutes and bam! all of the sudden you're in trouble," Herto said. "The thing we didn't control was the boards. We have big games coming up and we can't do that. The only way to beat athleticism is with intelligence and that comes from fundamentals. The effort and heart were there and I'm really pleased with how they have played the last couple of weeks. They are showing me they don't want the season to end early. We don't want to be done in February. We have big games coming up and we have to take at least two or three of those games on this stretch."
Robinson and Michaela Gelbaugh combined for 11 of the Panthers' 19 third quarter points to stretch the lead to 53-28 after 24 minutes of play. Gelbaugh also scored in double figures with 14.
Central Dauphin East dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Huskies by a 41-18 margin. Mifflin County made things tougher on itself by committing 29 turnovers.
"We did not do a good job of blocking out tonight. Our defensive scheme was all right. We just didn't block out well enough and that was key," Herto said. "If you stand up with trees and try to box out the trees are going to get the ball and you aren't. You have to get down low and cut the trees and we didn't do that tonight. There is nothing to be ashamed of about this game. We knew they were going to be very good. We were hoping we could put forth a better effort than we did for our fans, but it wasn't for not trying."
Jessa Wright was the lone Husky in double figures with 12 points. She also led the team with five rebounds.
The Mifflin County JVs fell 40-38. Rittenhouse scored 11 to pace the Huskies.
Mifflin County travels to top ranked Cumberland Valley on Friday.
"The road doesn't get any easier that's for sure," Herto said. "After Cumberland Valley we get Hollidaysburg and State College - two of the best in District 6 - and then Harrisburg. It's not an easy schedule at all but that's the way we want it. You have to play quality teams in order to get better."
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