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Eckley selected as MC's Best in 2017
Jun. 7, 2017
Feathers honors to Eleana Eckley
MAY 18, 2017 ARTHUR DOWELL Sentinel sports firstname.lastname@example.org
LEWISTOWN — Junior Eleana Eckley was named the recipient of the Jenna Feathers Award on Wednesday, presented annually to Mifflin County’s best girls basketball player.
Rylie Rittenhouse and Ericka Lepley finished second and third in the voting, respectively.
“It means a lot coming from the coaches, families and everyone supporting us,” Eckley said. “Coming from the community, this means a lot.”
Eckley averaged a team-best18 points per game, scoring a team-high 413 points on the campaign. Her 84 two-point field goals were tied for first on the squad with Rittenhouse. She was one of only two players to have more than 150 attempts, sinking 51.5 percent of her shots.
The star junior was also voted first-team all-Mid-Penn Commonwealth.
Without looking too much into the future, it’s something Eckley hopes to repeat in her senior season.
“It’s one thing to strive for,” she said. “I want to keep pushing and putting in all the work to help the team, but also striving to be the best individual player I can.”
Eckley will be the first to say the award may have been honored to her, but knows much of the success is a tribute to her teammates, and especially this year.
“I felt we came together more as a team and had better chemistry than we’ve had in the past couple of years,” she said. “That was probably one of my favorite moments.”
She often shied away from having to talk about herself, not short on giving credit where its due whether its teammates, coaches, friends or family.
But there is one game that sticks out to her this past season more than other. She scored a season-high 35 points against Carlisle and had another 30 point game against Central Dauphin East. The points are nice, but the wins are more meaningful to the player.
“The time when we went down there to CD East and beat them to finally get into districts, that was just something we all strived for,” she said. “When we got that win, and got to districts, it felt really good.”
Eckley will return to the courts for Mifflin County for her senior season in hopes of continuing the success she’s had thus far.
The Jenna Feathers Award is presented annually by Big Lewie (WLUI) radio to Mifflin County’s top girls basketball player. Nominees are voted on by local media, including The Sentinel, and representatives of the Mifflin County High School’s athletic department. Each voter chose three candidates, with points awarded to first, second and third-place vote recipients and the award going to the player with the highest vote total.
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