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Senior Night in the Dawg Pound
Feb. 10, 2015
Papp leads youth movement
Huskies’ lone senior key in victory
February 10, 2015, Lewistown Sentinel Save |
LEWISTOWN - Unless you are Kentucky, losing three senior starters and only having one on the roster means a giant step back.
A handful of freshman and sophomores have stepped into huge varsity minutes and thanks to a 71-35 victory over Central Mountain, Mifflin County can still reach the playoffs with three games to go.
"It's a little weird," Bryce Papp said of being the lone senior. "I'm friends with all the younger kids, so it's been fun."
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
Mifflin County senior Bryce Papp (2) scores a lay up over Central Mountain’s Emily Strouse Monday evening in Lewistown. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
Papp commemorated senior night with a career-high 18 points and eight rebounds and Maggie Wilson added 15 in a game in which the home team put away Central Mountain early on with a 13-0 first-quarter run.
The Huskies were efficient on offensive and scored at will against a team that doesn't give up a ton of points.
Coming into Monday night's game, the Wildcats had allowed 44 or fewer points in eight of 18 games; Mifflin County put 44 on the board in the first half.
"I have a lot of respect for (Central Mountain coach) Lindsay (Rodgers) as a player and even more as a coach as I watch her develop those kids," Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. "I was pleasantly surprised with how our offense moved the ball tonight. I thought we did a nice job of spreading things out. Obviously, for Bryce, I'm very happy to see her have a good night tonight. (She) played with a lot of confidence. She probably led us in assists, because she really distributed the ball well tonight."
The night couldn't have started any better for the lone Husky senior. She drove to the basket for the first bucket of the game and was fouled en route to the hoop on the next trip down to account for the first four Mifflin County points.
The Wildcats answered both times, with a Mary Monoski basket and a Katie Parks jumper to keep the game even.
Jessa Wright followed with the next four Mifflin County points and after a Central Mountain basket and-1 from Alexis Anastos off the bench, Wilson scored the next seven points for the home team to make it 17-7.
Over the next 4:18 of the quarter, it was a 13-0 Huskies run before Averie Pringle could halt it with two seconds left in the first.
After Grayson McCloy grabbed three consecutive offensive rebounds and put the third one back for two, Riley Rittenhouse drove for two and Wilson followed with four straight points and Wright added three more to expand the lead to 20.
The Huskies drained three 3-pointers in the final 1:26 of the half with two coming from Ali Herto and one from Papp.
One thing the Wildcats were able to do during the opening half despite being controlled by Mifflin County was driving to the basket aggressively.
"I think that we have a team that does very well with attacking the basket and looking for the drives to the basket," Rodgers said. "That's definitely part of our offense."
Wilson led the Huskies with 13 first-half points, while Papp added 12.
The Huskies lead reached 31 with 4:08 remaining in the third quarter when Wright drained a floater to make it 53-22.
Eleana Eckley nailed a three from the right wing and Mifflin County had its largest lead of the night at 56-22.
Rittenhouse drove and scored plus the free throw to stretch the lead to 40 at 66-26 and that was the end for Wilson. Wright and Rittenhouse.
The Huskies took the junior varsity game, 43-24.
Mifflin County (8-11) will travel to Altoona on Thursday, while Central Mountain (1-18) will host Williamsport Wednesday night.
"We've got three to go here with Altoona, DuBois and Hollidaysburg with still that shot to make the postseason," Roger Herto said. "Other than some possessions where we didn't block out tonight, which we can't afford to happen Thursday night in the fieldhouse in Altoona. I thought overall, we played pretty efficient for us. We played a pretty good game."
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