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MAGGIE WILSON ALL STAR SELECTION
Mar. 3, 2016
Wilson, Packer named second-team Mid-Penn all-stars
March 2, 2016, Lewistown Sentinel Save |
LEWISTOWN - From the first game of the season when Maggie Wilson dropped a career-high 32 points on Williamsport, she was a leader on and off the floor.
Wilson was named a captain before the season and helped keep the team together throughout and was recognized by the Mid-Penn coaches as a second-team all-star.
She averaged 16.18 points per game and shot 52.5 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the line for the season.
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Maggie Wilson fires up a shot during a Mifflin County Mid-Penn Commonwealth game during the 2015-16 season against Chambersburg.
Both those percentages were the highest among any player her coach Roger Herto has had in his 30 years.
"Once we got into the season, Maggie was really targeted (defensively)," Herto said. "At 5-foot-6 she gets everything out of herself. It's just a great testament to her work (to be an all-star). She's just a great kid."
Wilson finishes her career with 687 points, most of which came her final two seasons.
Being named as one of the league's top 10 players was no small feat.
All five players on the first team are Division 1 recruits.
The first team included 2,000-point scorers Kelly Jekot of Cumberland Valley (Villanova) and Kyla Irwin of State College (UConn) as well as Tysha Brown of Harrisburg, a Providence recruit.
The other two weren't two shabby either in St. Joe's recruit Katie Jekot of Cumberland Valley and all-around standout and Iona recruit Tori Lesko on Central Dauphin.
Joining Wilson on the second team were Alexis Hartiwck and Alexis Smith (Central Dauphin), Justyn Roberts (CD East) and Dajahnae Brannon of Harrisburg.
"In 99 percent of leagues in this state, she's a no brainer first-team all-star," Herto said. "This league is full of Division 1 players. It goes without saying that our league is the toughest in the state."
On the boys' side, Jack Packer was named to the second team as well.
The senior averaged a team-high 17.4 points per game and made a team-high 59 threes.
Packer also dealt with double teams and extra attention all season, as the Huskies secondary options offensively came and went.
He needed to initiate the offense, create his own shot and make those looks count if his team was going to put points on the board.
"(Other teams) knew coming into the games that he was the guy that they needed to stop," Mifflin County coach Dave Sheetz said. "He was really difficult to stop and he still about to score the ball. There was a lot of pressure on him all year and he handled that well. The coaches saw that and that's where I think a lot of the votes came from."
He scored a career-high 28 points in the only Huskies (1-21) win of the season on Dec. 5 against Greenwood and added another 28 a week later in a battle with Shikellamy.
He came into the season as the most experienced player on the team and went on that early season tear as the focal point of the offense.
"The big part of the year was getting the younger guys ready to play," Sheetz said. "We relied on Jack for almost everything. There was a learning curve for the team and we got better as the season went on."
The way the senior came out of the gate was a product of his hard work before the season even started.
"Over the summer, he really worked hard on his game playing in AAU tournaments and the Swallwood League in Harrisburg," Sheetz said. "He gained a lot of confidence from that. He came into the season ready to go."
Packer finished his career at Mifflin County with 685 points.
Both players have something in common as they played supplementary roles as sophomores and juniors and rose to the occasion as a senior to be the primary option.
Wilson just had a lot more help from two-time Mid-Penn all-star Jessa Wright as well as sophomore standout Eleana Eckley.
Wilson will go on to play for Susquehanna University next year.
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