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MC Girls Stay Hot at Central Mountain
Dec. 12, 2017
Huskies dominant, win big
Eckley scores 38 to lead MC
DEC 12, 2017
After dropping their first two games of the year, the Wildcats suffered a lopsided, mercy-rule loss to the Mifflin County Huskies, 85-19, in a non-league girls basketball game on Monday.
Even after the defeat, Central Mountain coach Terrance Green greeted each one his players as they exited the locker room. He gave them a fist bump and exchanged a short conversation with every athlete to highlight what he thought they did well and an area for improvement in their game.
After a quick lay up by Central Mountain’s Marissa Moyer following the opening tip-off, the Huskies went on a 14-0 scoring run. It didn’t get better for the Wildcats after that.
Mifflin County closed the opening quarter with a 28-4 lead. Eleana Eckley recorded 23 points in first period. She finished the night with 38 points, outscoring her next two teammates, both in double figures.
“Eckley to me is one of the better players in the state,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. “She had 23 points in the opening quarter and she’s just really playing well now.”
Mifflin County outscored Central Mountain in every quarter and held the Wildcats scoreless in the final stanza.
“Our kids shared the ball pretty well, I thought, so we got what we wanted out of the ball game,” Herto said. “Hopefully Central Mountain got some stuff out of this, too.”
Green knows maintaining a positive attitude is pivotal if the Wildcats want to turn their season around.
“We just keep it positive, no matter what’s going on,” Green said. “We look for the positives, and we understand our negatives and how we get better from our negatives.”
Summer Flanagan led the Wildcats with a team-high 11 points. After missing her first few shots she began to find the bottom of the net and work the glass for lay ups.
“I was very proud of her,” Green said. “She’s a shooter. “She had a hell of a game tonight. Kudos to her for just taking shots when they were there and just keeping us in it for as long as we could.”
Mifflin County fancies the perimeter shot. The team combined for 10 three-pointers in the game, with the bulk of them — six — by Eckley.
Fern Silfies scored 15 points and knocked down four shots from behind the arc. Molly Wagoner had 16 points in the game.
Mifflin County plays in one of toughest leagues in the state, so given their level of competition Herto has found it necessary for the team to develop its outside shooting.
“For us, we spend a lot of time shooting, and it shows,” Herto said. “That credit goes to them. You don’t shoot like that without putting the time in.”
Central Mountain adjusted its schemes on defense but the Huskies managed to find gaps on the court for uncontested shots.
Central Mountain switched from a two-three zone to a three-two zone. The Wildcats implemented man-to-man coverage toward the end of the game but the Huskies are streaky from both mid-range and long range.
“There’s only so much you can do in the game of basketball when a team’s hot,” Green Said. “I was impressed by Herto’s team. Eleana Eckley is a good ball player, and (Herto’s) got great complementary players as well.”
The Huskies look to improve its record to 4-0 when the team hosts Chambersburg tonight at 7:30.
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