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Lady Huskies Win at State College
Jan. 21, 2017Huskies win second, top State 21 Jan 2017 — The Sentinel
STATE COLLEGE - There is a quiet confidence building every time the Mifflin County girls basketball teams takes to the court.
After a week of the Huskies picking up convincing wins against Carlisle and Central Dauphin East, Mifflin County had a chance to end the week with yet another win - but it wouldn't be an easy task.
Standing in the way to spoil their week was a tough State College team, a team that beat them earlier in the year in Lewistown.
After an unfavorable first half, the Huskies rolled in the second half while their defense clamped down to take home the victory on the road, 52-39.
Leading the way for Mifflin County was Riley Rittenhouse who posted a double-double with 12 rebounds and a 23-point effort.
Teammate Eleana Eckley also had a good shooting performance from the floor, scoring 21.
"I'm really excited. I'm really excited about two things," Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. "No. 1 is when we beat Chambersburg and an ugly game on our home court a week ago. I told them just to visualize and think about what it's going to feel like next week if we could win three straight. And God love them, they did it.
"Not too many people would've picked us to beat CD East the other night. We have reached deep. And I love how we had to win this," he said. "Early on we played scared, we played slow. We challenge them a little bit in the locker room and they dug in. That was some of the best defense that I had had any Huskie team have since I have been here."
After the half, the Huskies were trailing 28-22. But the eight-point deficit didn't seem to faze the kids from Mifflin County as they came out swinging.
Taking the first possession, Eckley wasted no time getting the Huskies back track by hitting a jumper.
Mifflin County forced a miscue on the Little Lions' side and the ball went back down where Rittenhouse picked off an offensive rebound and put it back in, closing the gap to 28-26.
With 4:24 left in the third, for the first time in the game, the Huskies evened the score at 28 thanks to a pair of Rittenhouse free throws.
State College retook the lead when sharpshooter Kelsey Love got a clear look at the basket from downtown to make it 31-28.
But the Huskies were bound and determined to keep the momentum. They picked up a triple from clutch shooter Eckley, tying the game once again.
The Mifflin County defense forced yet another turnover at the three-minute mark and the Huskies got the ball back to Eckley. Once again, Eckley came up huge, hitting her second consecutive basket and Mifflin County took the lead for the first time, 33-31.
Mifflin County refused to allow another State College field goal the rest of the period. Going into the final stanza, Mifflin County led 41-33.
In the fourth quarter, Mifflin County continued its domination outscoring State College 11-6 to take home the victory.
"I can't say enough about one of the kids off the bench, Megan Harshbarger, tonight. She came in for Bryn (Ferguson) when she was in foul trouble. Meg was excellent," Herto added. "With our team if we have the lead at the end, the game is over. Because we are going to make free throws. This team makes free throws."
In the fourth, Mifflin County hit seven of its last 10 to help lead it to the road win.
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