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Huskies Out Gun the Herd
Jan. 18, 2017Mifflin County wins shootout 18 Jan 2017 — The Sentinel
LEWISTOWN - The duo of Eleana Eckley and Rylie Rittenhouse led the second half charge for Mifflin County to its 69-58 win over Carlisle in a Mid-Penn Conference girls basketball game on Tuesday.
"That was a big win for us no question about that. This was a team that has been on the rise. This was the team that went to State College and beat State College on their floor," Huskies coach Roger Herto said. "It was a real important win for us to get some momentum, really was impressed with our shot selection I thought our shot selections were the difference tonight, we played smart."
Eckley and Rittenhouse combined, scored 58 of the Huskies 69 points in the game with Eckley scoring a Mifflin County single game record of 35 points. Rittenhouse had 23, respectively. Both were also a major factor on the foul line for Mifflin County as Eckley dropped 19 of 24 and Rittenhouse made seven of ten.
"There is no question Eleana and Rylie are our one-two punch. I mean those are the kids that we know that night in and night out we need good performances out of them and they both played extremely well tonight," Herto praised. "I thought we did a good job of finding them and those two did a good job finding each other so again thats what I mean about shot selections, you want your best shooters taking the majority of your shots."
"Its not that we only have two shooters. We have a lot of kids who can shoot," Herto continued. "Just tonight we took advantage of situations that those two had and if other teams are going to get us in the situation where we can let those two have the basketball in their hands, we want to do that."
During the first half - which could only be described as the 'wild west' - both teams kept going back and forth, making shot after shot. It ended with the Huskies taking a 35-31 lead into the locker rooms. Mifflin County's defense came up big midway through the third quarter, allowing for easy baskets on the other end to give the Huskies a 53-41 lead at the end of the third.
"After we went against Chambersburg where we were so undisciplined and just so erratic, tonight I thought we were a little more composed, we did what we wanted to do," Herto said. "We had a little stretch there where we stopped them two three times in a row I told the kids at one timeout and said listen this is our chance to end this."
"To Carlisle's credit they kept staying there," Herto continued. "Once we got it above ten I felt like ok, we're going to shorten this game and get our best foul shooters out there and let them hammer them down."
The Huskies not only were able to have baskets drop from mid-range, but they were able to get solid penetration into the paint throughout the second half, scoring buckets and getting the Thundering Herd into foul trouble.
Eckley and Rittenhouse who both had stellar first halves came back for more in the the final two quarters. Eckley had 19 for the entire half, including 11 shots at the line. Rittenhouse dropped eight points while going six of eight at the line.
"I know this was exciting for me to see something we did in practice showed up here," Herto said. "Focusing on getting the ball inside and setting better screens and better cuts. I like winning when its a product of executing things you are trying to put in at practice."
"Credit Goes to every kid whether they were in the game or not," Herto continued. "They worked very hard in practice and you saw the results."
Mifflin County also won the JV game, 50-34, with Fern Silfies leading the Huskies with 18 points.
Mifflin County (8-5, 3-4) hosts Central Dauphin East today.
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