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Post-season Push Ends in Altoona
Feb. 15, 2016
Huskies’ season ends in Altoona
Huge third quarter powers Lions to win
February 15, 2016, Altoona Mirror Save |
ALTOONA - The Mifflin County Huskies late-season push to finish .500 and be able to enter the District 6 AAAA playoffs suffered a fatal blow Saturday.
Altoona blew open a close game in the third game and went on to a 64-50 win at the AAHS Fieldhouse. The loss drops Mifflin County to 9-12 and guarantees the Huskies will finish below .500, the minimum record the school district requires to enter the playoffs.
"We got to the end and needed to win the last four," Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. "Unfortunately, the school district has a .500 policy, and that's what we have to go with. We can compete with any team in District 6 on the right night. We knew what was in front of us, but just didn't win."
Sentinel photo by CHRISTOPHER?SHANNON
Mifflin County’s Maggie Wilson drives past Altoona’s Brittany Stouffer during the Huskies’ game against the Mountain Lions Saturday afternoon during a District 6 girls basketball game in Altoona.
Prior to the Altoona game, Mifflin County handily defeated Dubois and Hollidaysburg, both of which will enter the playoffs with sub-.500 records. The Huskies wrap the season up Tuesday at Central Mountain.
Against Altoona, Mifflin County trailed 13-7 after one quarter before running off the first 10 points of the second quarter.
Eleana Eckley opened the quarter with back-to-back buckets followed by a Jessa Wright driving layup. After Maggie Wilson made 1-of-2 foul shots, Eckley knocked down a 3-pointer to put Mifflin County up 17-13.
Altoona closed out the first half with an 8-2 run, however, for a 21-19 lead at the break.
Altoona's Amber Newberry lit up the Lady Huskies in the third quarter, knocking down four 3-pointers on her way to 19 points in the quarter. Altoona outscored Mifflin County 31-14 in the quarter.
"We were able to get in the paint to start the third quarter. That opened up the outside shot, and Amber knocked them down," Altoona coach Miriam Colledge said. "The rest of team just started feeding off it, and it became contagious."
Newberry started the quarter with a bucket inside off an assist from Brittany Stouffer then converted two foul shots followed by her first 3-pointer of the quarter to give Altoona a 28-19 edge less than two minutes into the quarter.
Newberry added a 3-point play before sinking three straight 3-pointers. Her driving layup late in the quarter put the Mountain Lions ahead 52-33 heading to the final quarter.
"The first three or four possessions of the second half we turned the ball over, and they came down and scored. It just snowballed from there," Herto said. "We were told that if you let Newberry open, she'll beat you, and she did just that."
After Mifflin County scored five straight points in the first 1:28 of the fourth quarter, Colledge decided to spread the floor and seal the win from the free throw line. The Mountain Lions converted 10-of-16 foul shots in the final 5:01 to wrap up the regular season at 14-7.
Eckley finished with a team-high 21 points. Wilson scored in double digits as well with 11 points, and Wright added nine points in the final game of her outstanding career.© Copyright 2016 Altoona Mirror. All rights reserved. This material may not be
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