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MC Girls Win Season Finale
Feb. 18, 2016
Old tricks work in Huskies’ finale
February 18, 2016, Lock Haven Express Save |
MILL HALL - With its playoff fate already decided, Mifflin County did something different in the season finale.
Coach Roger Herto allowed his group of five seniors (with guard Joselyn Walters done for the season out) to play together one final time.
He went back to what worked all season in the second half and the Huskies finished off Central Mountain 54-38 in a non-league District 6 girls basketball.
"We tried with the postseason not being there to play the seniors together then the underclassmen together," Herto said. "We didn't show much chemistry with those groups. Toward the end of the third quarter, we went back to our regular starters and rotation and that worked."
For the first 19 minutes, Central Mountain controlled the scoreboard as well as both ends of the floor.
Out-hustling the Huskies from the opening whistle, CM put itself up by six points in the first two minutes of the game with an aggressive offensive approach and then rode that early lead through the first two quarters behind a solid defensive showing, until Mifflin County eventually tied things up just 30 seconds before the teams entered their locker rooms for the halftime intermission.
The Wildcats fell back into some of the bad habits that have plagued them at times this season and allowed Mifflin County to take its first lead of the contest at 4:55 mark of the third quarter, following a three-pointer from Huskies' senior forward Jessa Wright.
"We kind of lost our composure in the second half a little bit, because we just weren't getting the calls that we thought we should have got," Central Mountain coach Terrance Green said. "We just kind of let the game get out of hand.
"We have struggled with this kind of thing all season," he added. "We got too worried about focusing on questionable calls, instead of on the game."
All throughout, players on both teams didn't hesitate to show their physical nature. There were plenty of elbows flying and shoves to be seen from both groups, as each tried to establish the upper hand.
That actually played into the Wildcats' favor early, as the Huskies worked themselves into a foul trouble just minutes into the game, allowing Central Mountain to hold them to six points through the first quarter.
It also allowed the Wildcats to take 12 free throws over the first 16 minutes, adding seven points to their total.
However, in the second half, the calls that had been going against Mifflin County seemed to stop coming. That began to rattle the cage of the Wildcats, who only managed to make it to the line six times in the last two quarters.
Other than those missed foul opportunities, CM's other big issue late in the game was that Mifflin County started to hit on just about every shot they took. That was especially true in the fourth quarter, where the Huskies dominated by out-scoring the Wildcats by a 25-12 margin.
Leading the Mifflin County offensive surge was Wright and Maggie Wilson, who both shot 100 percent from the line, and scored12 points respectively.
"Maggie and Jessa have consistently been the leaders of our team this year and throughout their careers," Herto said. "It's nice to see them both go out with good games and a win."
Central Mountain was led in scoring by junior guard Julia Novosat, who ended things out with 10 points.
Mifflin County will lose Wright and Wilson along with forward Katelynn Arnold and guards Ali Herto, Mackenzie Roush and Walters.
"We're losing six seniors that were a big part of the team," Herto said. "We're going to miss that group. Those kids are going to be tough to replace."
The Lewistown Sentinel sports department contributed to this report
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