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Lady Huskies Beat Carlisle
Dec. 16, 2017
Mifflin County corrals Herd
Wagoner, Eckley set pace in win
DEC 16, 2017
LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County coach Roger Herto knows that to compete against the top teams in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth that his Mifflin County girls’ basketball team is going to need its entire team to succeed.
The Huskies (5-0, 2-0 Mid-Penn Commonwealth) showcased their full potential and more on Friday night, dominating Carlisle 83-31 in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth matchup at Mifflin County High School.
Freshman Molly Wagoner had a career night in her first start, stuffing the stat sheet with 10 points, 14 rebounds, seven steals and seven blocks in the contest. Fern Silfies and Jamie Mahigel both scored in double figures and Emily Yeager had seven points and eight rebounds in the win.
“Molly is going to do some big things,” Herto said. “I want people to realize that she is not good because she is 6-2, she is just a good basketball player and she would be if she was 5-6. She battles and has great hands. Most girls don’t have hands like she does and she has a bright future ahead of her.”
In the opening minutes, the Thundering Herd raced out to a strong start, only to have it vanish within a three -minute span. Carlisle led 11-2 at the 4:22 mark in the first quarter, but found itself trailing 13-11 with a 1:30 left to play in the frame. The Huskies’ Hannah Aumiller finished the quarter with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Huskies a 23-13 lead.
“I was glad that Carlisle played hard out of the chute,” Herto said. “Sometimes when we get into our zone we get a little lazy, but I thought it was important to let them play out of it and we switched to man and got some better results.”
The switch paid off as Mifflin County forced countless Carlisle errors and began to heat up offensively.
The Huskies never looked back.
Despite Carlisle’s efforts to limit Eleana Eckley with a box and one defensive look, Eckley eventually got rolling just four minutes into the game, and scored 22 of her 32 points in the second and third quarters.
Eckley also displayed her other abilities on the floor, grabbing six rebounds, dishing out four assists and tallying two steals when Carlisle tried to keep her off the scoreboard.
“Whenever teams do that you just have to find the open player and trust that they will get their shots down,” Eckley said. “That showed tonight and I just trust in everyone and know that it will all work out.”
The biggest difference in the game was on the glass, as Mifflin County reeled in 38 rebounds to Carlisle’s eight, in large part to Wagoner.
“We weren’t really ready at the beginning of the game but I really tried to pound the boards and get as many rebounds as I could for my team,”Wagoner said. “We really moved the ball well tonight as a team and I think it really helped us get it going.”
For Eckley, it has been a great stretch of games, as she scored a school-record 38 points earlier this season against Central Mountain and has recorded her fourth 30-plus point game of the year and third straight.
“It just feels good to be playing hard as a group,” Eckley said. “We’re starting to find ourselves and it feels really good.”
With Thursday’s victory, the Huskies have begun the 2017-18 season with five-straight wins for the first time in school history, but faces a tough stretch of games, with five consecutive road games coming up including games against top Mid-Penn Commonwealth foes State College, Cumberland Valley and a tough Notre Dame-Green Pond team in a non-conference game.
“It’s a good start for us and the first game was the key game for us,” Herto said. “A lot of our players have shown they’re a different player when the lights come on. We’re thrilled to be 5-0, but we have to put it behind us because we have a big game on Monday.”
Mifflin County travels to State College on Monday.
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