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Lady Huskies Win Tip-Off Title Game
Dec. 7, 2015
Huskies clobber Northeastern 80-50 for tipoff title
December 7, 2015
Lewistown Sentinel Save |,
LEWISTOWN - Going into its first Mid-Penn Commonwealth game this week against Harrisburg, the Mifflin County girls basketball team couldn't go in with more momentum as it did over the weekend.
With a strong win Friday night against Williamsport that put them into the championship game of the Mifflin County tip-off tournament, the Huskies faced Northeastern in a repeat from last year's title tilt.
This season, Mifflin County had its defense going early and often throughout the contest as it captured an impressive 80-50 victory over the Bobcats at Mifflin County High School Saturday night.
Four of the Huskies finished in double figures on the evening. Leading the way for Mifflin County was Eleana Eckley who posted a 17-point effort.
She was followed closely by teammate Jessa Wright who finished with 16.
Teammates Maggie Wilson and Rylie Rittenhouse rounded out the double digit scores with a 15-point and 12-point effort, respectively.
Northeastern was lead by sharpshooter Kendra Meyer who posted six triples en route to her game-high 20.
Jordyn Kloster and Kyra Sanchez chipped in with an 12-point and 11-point effort in a losing effort.
"The best thing for me tonight is what I have been telling them all year, it's an old John Wooden quote "it's amazing what can happen when nobody cares who gets the credit,""said Mifflin County coach Roger Herto. "As we have 10 hands touching the ball and whoever' open take the shot, we will take that."
Mifflin County opened the game displaying its defense from the tip-off on, allowing only one field goal and two foul shots from Kloster.
It's offense mixed the up-tempo style with its outside game with huge success, posting 25 points in the opening period and race out to a 25-4 advantage after one quarter.
Rittenhouse, making her season debut, scored six in the period, got the scoring going on a simple lay-in seconds into the game.
Wright followed with her first of two triples of the game, making it an early 5-0 advantage.
It would prove to be a 10-2 run before the Huskies would go to Wilson.
Wilson continued the offensive spurt with six consecutive points en route to the 25-4 scoring run.
In the second quarter, the Bobcats got its scoring going and finished the period out scoring the Huskies 13-12.
Kloster lead the way for Northeastern with five points in the quarter while the Huskies got three points from Eckley and Joselyn Walters.
When the buzzer sounded on the first half, Mifflin County led 37-17.
Despite a 9-point effort in the third by the Bobcats' Meyer, Mifflin County posted a 24-17 showing in the quarter extending its lead to 61-34 as the final stanza got started.
Eckley was on fire in the third, with 11 points in the frame.
In the fourth, the Huskies did not lose their aggressiveness as they won their third quarter out of four, rounding out the 80-50 victory. Wright paced the Huskies in the period with seven.
"I like our unselfishness. I like our team and there are a lot of good things happening but it's just a start," Herto said. "We'll get thrown into the fire Tuesday because we head to Harrisburg. I know it's our first Mid-Penn game for us but it's a chance to make a statement early. I like our chances. I like these kids. They are a lot of fun right now."
Mifflin County travels to Harrisburg Tuesday.
In the consolation game of the Mifflin County tip-off tournament, Williamsport defeated Shippensburg 56-27.
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