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Lady Huskies Top Williamsport
Dec. 5, 2015
Eckley, Wilson hit career marks in win
Duo dominates the basket for 62 points in victory
December 5, 2015
Lewistown Sentinel Save | // //,
LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County got a bit of a preview of what Mid-Penn life could be like this year.
They saw a girl with a ton of size and used speed and quickness to run-and-gun and take her out of the game in the second half.
Maggie Wilson scored a career-high 32 points and Eleana Eckley added a career-best 30 including a buzzer-beating three from just inside half-court to end the first half and the Huskies battled 6-foot-3 Jaynelle Robinson all night, dropping Williamsport 86-68 in the opening round of the Husky Club Tip-Off Tournament on Friday night at Mifflin County High School.
Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER
Mifflin County’s Maggie Wilson, right, runs the ball down the court as Williamsport’s Jada Whaley blocks Friday at Lewistown.
The third quarter typified what Herto wants to do: use defense and quickness to create offense.
"It was really what we want defensively, too (in the third quarter)," Herto said. "The first half, we didn't do a good job pressuring guards. To (Robinson's) credit, on both ends of the court, she plays within six feet of the bucket. There's two ways to defend that. How we like to defend that, because we're not big, is to get right in the face of the guards. We didn't do that. If you don't pressure the guards, it's easy to get the ball in there.
"Eleana Eckley causes the other team a lot of problems," Herto said. "Basically, whoever we had Eleana on, they had someone else bring the ball up. They switched off her, so that made us switch too in the third quarter so she could switch to whoever had the ball. I thought that really helped change the game. I think the third quarter is indicative to what we will be."
Excellent ball movement led to a 34-point third stanza including 16 from Eckley and Maggie Wilson's 14 points.
It was the Huskies' rapid pace all night, in a way neutralizing Robinson and not allowing her to troll the Huskies in the paint.
She finished the night with 25 points and 19 rebounds, but just two boards came in the second half.
"I told them from the beginning, we want as many possessions as possible," Herto said. "We just want to keep running and running in a game like that. In the Mid-Penn, that might not be the style we want to play all the time. In tonight's matchup, that's what we needed to do. I thought we imposed our will in the third quarter."
With Jessa Wright in foul trouble at the start of the second half, it was a steady dose of Eckley, Ericka Lepley and Wilson to begin the third quarter.
The trio each hit shots to spark a quick 6-0 run and extend the lead to 48-29 a few minutes into the third quarter before Chloe Jennings could answer for the Millionaires with a three.
Eckley hit a pair of free throws to stretch the lead to the largest to that point for the Huskies, a 23-point advantage.
Robinson's lay up briefly slowed Mifflin County, but then Wilson kickstarted a 10-0 Husky run.
Back-to-back threes from Eckley and Ali Herto were boosted when Wilson added a jumper to make it a 31-point lead.
Chloe Jennings made a long two for the Millionaires, but Eckley connected on a three and Wilson added two more jumpers to extend the lead to 74-40.
With the huge cushion, the Huskies finished the job in the fourth quarter and moved on to the final tonight against Northeastern, a 55-49 overtime winner over Shippensburg.
"To Williamsport's credit, they kept coming in the fourth quarter," Roger Herto said. "I think both teams got a good thing out of this, and that's really what you want for the first game of the season."
"For us now, it's Northeastern (tonight)," Roger Herto said. "They have a girl (Jordyn Kloster) that just scored her 1,000th point. She scored them the old fashioned way, two at a time. You don't see that much any more in high school basketball, most 1,000 point scorers are three-point shooters. I like her, she's a good solid player. We'll have our hands full defending her."
The final plays at 7:30 p.m. with the consolation between Shippensburg and Williamsport at 6.
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