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Dec. 23, 2015

Strong second gives CD East space

12-0 run fuels Panthers’ win

December 23, 2015

VINCE RODEMER - Sentinel sports (vrodemer@lewistownsentinel.comLewistown Sentinel Save |         

LEWISTOWN - In a critical early season match up for Mid-Penn positioning, Central Dauphin East used a 12-0 run in the second quarter to separate itself from Mifflin County and drop the Huskies 78-64 on Tuesday night in a girls basketball game at Mifflin County High School.

Mifflin County was a game behind the visiting Panthers going into the contest and played Central Dauphin East tough all night outside of that three-minute spurt.

"They had a 20-2 run in the second quarter," Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. "If you look back at our games this year, the second quarter has really cost us. Not exactly sure what's happening there, but they went on a 20-2 run there. To recover from that is a little tough.

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Mifflin?County’s Rylie Rittenhouse, left, goes up for a shot over Jada Pettis in the Huskies’ game Tuesday in Lewistown.

"I thought the kids fought back. We tried some things we haven't worked on enough, but they did them. (We) went into a 2-2-1 zone there and that panned out well," he said. "We did a lot better at the end there when we had to foul, so there were situations that we got better at tonight, which is good to see."

Mifflin County got things started with defense and transition scoring.

Rylie Rittenhouse and Eleana Eckley turned steals in the half court into baskets for Maggie Wilson to put the Huskies up 4-0.

The visitors came back with five straight and then the teams were on the seesaw until Eckley's three made it 15-11 in favor of Mifflin County.

Central Dauphin East scored five of the game's next six points to even it at 16-16 after one quarter.

The Panthers came out in the second quarter with the 12-0 run that spanned nearly the first three minutes that was keyed by the Rawls twins.

Jessica made the first two baskets thanks to the defensive effort and unselfishness of teammate Marissa Butts then Alyse followed up with the following two buckets to make it 24-16.

Jessica Rawls added two more points and Tiara Little went the length of the court to make it 28-16 before Wilson snapped the run with a jumper for Mifflin County.

Central Dauphin East added another eight straight on back-to-back threes from Little and Autumn Royer before Justyn Roberts added a lay up.

Many of those opportunities were of the second chance variety, something that cost Mifflin County all night.

Four of the first five baskets in the critical run came on offensive rebounds.

"The game for us comes down to one word for us: rebounding," Herto said. "Their second chance points tonight had to be 50. I'm not exaggerating, they had to have 50 points on second chance shots. You can't allow good teams to get that many chances at the bucket.

"I don't fault the effort, but the execution of rebounding and the inability to box people out is the difference between us winning and losing these games," Herto added. "I guess I've got to do a better job at practice of sending that message. It's a bad habit that we've got to stop."

Jessa Wright's lay up with 16 seconds in the half made it 39-26 at the break.

Eckley was fouled en route to the basket and made both free throws to cut it at 10 at 45-35, but the Panthers had an answer.

Central Dauphin East ran off eight more points, capped by a pair of Roberts lay ups to extend the lead back to 18.

Mifflin County used its quick strike offense to slice the 18 point lead to nine, thanks to six points from Wilson and a Wright three.

Ariel Peterson made a runner as the third quarter expired to give the Panthers a 59-48 advantage after three quarters.

Wright drilled a three that cut the CD East lead to eight, the smallest since early in the second quarter, but Mifflin County couldn't stop the highly-touted Roberts for any stretch of time.

Roberts made two more baskets as a part of her game-high 26, the second of which made it 72-55 with 3:10 to go and that pretty much ended it for Mifflin County.

Wilson scored a team-high 21 points and Wright added 16 points and four steals.

Central Dauphin East took the junior varsity game 46-20.

Mifflin County (4-3, 2-3 Mid-Penn) will compete in the York Suburban Holiday Tournament on Monday night.

"That's going to be an interesting tournament," Herto said. "York Suburban has been playing very well and not giving up a ton of points. They have two big girls, so we're going to have the size thing going against us there. The home team picks to play you. When you have your own tournament, you get to play whoever you want and they picked us, so I don't think we got a lot of respect there. We need a good effort. It's no secret for districts, we need to get those games. We have to have the mindset to go down there and win it. It's a challenge and one I hope we are up for."




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