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Huskies Corral the Herd
Dec. 12, 2015
Wilson, Huskies trample Herd
Slow start gives way to strong middle
December 12, 2015
Lewistown Sentinel Save |,
LEWISTOWN - A strong offensive performance in the second and third quarters by Maggie Wilson carried Mifflin County to its first win this season in the Mid-Penn Conference as the Huskies took down Carlisle, 74-47 on Friday.
Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said the margin of victory was not an issue - it wasn't the measuring stick he was using to gauge success against this opponent. The objective, he said, was to keep Carlisle out of the paint - and on that measure, he said, his team could have done better.
"Well you on the surface you win by close to 30 points you would think that's good," Huskies coach Roger Herto said. "But defensively, the game plan for tonight was we were going to let them shoot. If they would score 47 points anywhere from the outside that's fine because that was the game plan tonight."
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
Mifflin County’s Jessa Wright (13) goes for a layup past Carlisle’s Jesime Freet (30) Friday in Lewistown.
But the big picture view is one he xpressed as a means of preparing for the difficult Commonwealth Division schedule.
"What we're trying to do is get better for the better teams we're going to play," Herto continued. "That means we don't allow points in the lane. But we didn't do that, not only did they score from the outside, they had guards from the wing and driving it to the bucket and that's not a good sign for us defensively."
Both teams struggled to get going in the first quarter with the Huskies' less focused play allowing Carlisle to stay in it as the Thundering Herd's Tyra Brown hit a last-second shot to cut what had been an eight-point lead down to 12-10 by the end of first quarter.
The second quarter is when the Huskies' offense came alive thanks to strong play by Wilson, who scored 11 of the team's 25 points in the quarter. The Mifflin County defense also had a strong showing in the frame, holding Carlisle to just nine points. The Huskies headed into the half with a 37-19 lead.
"I think we found a group that gelled and worked together a little bit," Herto said. "It's not about your five best players, it's about your five best (when they play together). It took us a while to find those five that work best.
"On offense for us we've got good players, we got smart players," Herto continued. "But the key is sharing the ball, 10 hands touching it. Not settling for one pass and a three."
Wilson continued right where she left off in the third quarter scoring six of the team's 20 points in the quarter as the Huskies extended their lead to 57-31 at the end of the third. Mifflin County then finished strong in the fourth quarter scoring 17 points.
"In the third quarter but I thought again we had a group there that work pretty well together," Herto said. "In the fourth quarter, my focus was on nothing but watching the paint when they had the ball. Too many times the ball got in there.
"We're not going to take it to the next level where we can be until we fix that problem," he said.
Wilson's 27 points led the way for the Huskies along with a 15-point performance from Jessa Wright.
"Overall the majority of her points came out of the scheme of the offense," Herto said. "Thats how we want our kids to score. We can have nights where they each scored 10 points, we can have nights where one kid scores 30 but the key thing here is you can't worry about stuff like that. Doesn't matter who scores, just that we score."
Mifflin County won the JV game 49-19 with Hannah Aumiller scoring 16.
The Huskies (3-1, 1-1) host Central Dauphin Tuesday.
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