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MC Tops the Trojans
Jan. 14, 2017Eckley leads Huskies in win 14 Jan 2017 — The Sentinel
LEWISTOWN - It wasn't pretty win but it was still a win.
Mifflin County was able to overcome foul trouble to take a 56-43 victory over Chambersburg in a Mid-Penn Conference girls basketball game on Friday.
"That was about as poorly as you can play and still win," Huskies coach Roger Herto said. "We played very undisciplined. I know some of our fans and players were frustrated with fouls but you have to adapt to the way the games are being called."
"It's just like in baseball - one day its a strike, the next day its a ball, you have to adapt to the officiating and we did not do that," Herto continued. "We need to be smarter. We got into major foul trouble. Luckily, we were able to get some good minutes out of some kids and were able to find a way to get through this."
The Husky defense was aggressive right from tip-off, perhaps a little too aggressive in the first quarter as the home team was called for nine fouls in the frame with multiple players getting into foul trouble. Fortunately for Mifflin County, the Trojans were only to make 3-of-8 at the line.
"Not a real good job when the first rule of defense at Mifflin County high school is do not foul and so obviously we didn't follow rule No. 1 very well tonight," Herto laughed. "Just way too much reaching with our hands and not enough movement with our feet."
A big factor for the Huskies in the opening quarter was Eleana Eckley, who was dropping threes from everywhere - four in total for the quarter, scoring 12 of the team's 18 total points. Eckley had 26 points in the game.
"Eleana has the potential to be a great player. We're trying to work with other things with her other then just scoring," Herto said. "But tonight, if (Eckley) isn't making shots I don't know if we get out here with a win - there is no question she carried us tonight."
Eckley was able to make those shots from behind the arc in large part of taking advantage of the Chambersburg's zone defenses. The Trojans switched from a 1-3-1 and later a 2-3 zone, leaving her open.
"They were just packing it in, that was not a defense we've seen them play on tape anywhere," Herto said. "They just decided to pack in and I just kept looking at her and said, 'Hey, if they're going to let you have it, just shoot it.' She stepped up and hit some threes. Luckily we got that lead before things went haywire."
Though the Huskies never trailed in the game, Chambersburg wasn't going to go away quietly, staying close behind solid work in the paint from Tamija Harrison (13 points).
"To Chambersburg's credit, they've made some good teams not look so good," Herto said. "They played Central Dauphin to a 10-point game and they played the three-time state champs in Cumberland Valley to an 11-point game so you've got to give them a little bit of credit in this. But we just didn't play smart tonight.
"The game after our early lead was never really comfortable. They never got quite close enough but they were always right there," Herto continued. "Every time we start to go out in front then two more kids be on the bench, like I said it was not a real smart basketball game for us defensively."
Mifflin County closed the deal in the fourth playing a much slower pace and getting the ball moving, which forced the Trojans to committing fouls. Eckley again came up big for the Huskies on the line going 6-for-7 in the quarter and hitting 8-of-12 in the game.
"It's not our style to pull the ball out and shortening the game," Herto said. "But we had to. We had four kids in foul trouble, I think, and we're just trying to hold the ball on the floor and get out of here at that point."
Chambersburg won the JV game 40-30. Fern Silfies led the Huskies with eight points.
Mifflin County (7-5, 2-4) will host Carlisle on Tuesday.
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