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One Thousand Reasons to Smile for MC Girls

Dec. 19, 2017

Eckley’s Grand in Husky Win

Girls top Little Lions; improve to 6-0

DEC 19, 2017


Sentinel correspondent

Sentinel photos by MATT STRICKER Inset, Eckley, center, is recognized with her parents Julie and Travis Eckley, after reaching the milestone.

Sentinel photos by MATT STRICKER 
Inset, Eckley, center, is recognized with her parents Julie and Travis Eckley, after reaching the milestone.

STATE COLLEGE — The Mifflin County girls basketball team had its biggest test this year Monday as it went up against a strong defense in State College on the road.

Despite a slow start by the Huskies, the group rallied and had two reasons to celebrate when the game was over.

Thanks to a strong team rebounding performance and an explosion of 29 points by Eleana Eckley, Mifflin County headed home with a 48-44 victory in the Commonwealth Division game, the team’s sixth straight win to start the season — a school record.

Not only was the night memorable from the win standpoint for the Huskies, but Eckley cemented herself into the Mifflin County history book as she scored her 1,000th point. She joins former Huskies Logan Snyder and Olivia Halfpenny, who achieved the feat in the same game, and is the first to hit the mark while playing all of her games in a Husky uniform.

Eckley not only led the game with her shooting touch but was also aggressive on the glass, pulling down 10 boards and feeding the ball constantly to her teammates when State College’s defense collapsed on her.

“The biggest difference in Eleana from this year than last year is her maturity. She knew she had to carry us early in the season. Early in the season I told her point blank that she was option 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 35. ‘The ball is in your hand and you need to make something happen,'” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. “She has big shoulders. She has not shied away from anything and she is not afraid to fail. That’s what makes her so good. A lot of people are afraid to fail — Eleana’s not afraid to take a chance. Because of that she has become one heck of a player. “

Leading the way offensively for State College were Maya Bokunewicz (14 points) and teammate Isabelle Leazier, whose five threes in the contest left her with a team-high 15 points.

Going into the final stanza, the Huskies held onto a slim 41-39 advantage.

State College came out bound and determined to take back the lead, stepping things up a notch and getting the ball in transition to Bokunewicz. She was strong in the paint scoring the first five points of the period.

Eckley led the charge back when she was fouled during a shot and was automatic from the charity stripe. Mifflin County still found itself still trailing by one but the momentum was starting to turn to the visitors’ side.

Eckley, with the help of her teammates, helped add to the lead, hitting consecutive drives, taking back the lead at 2:34.

Both teams turned up their defensive intensity but only Eckley was able score.

Eckley’s moment came in the third quarter. Needing only 22 points going into the night to reach 1,000, Eckley stepped to the foul line with 2:24 left in the third and she hit 2-for-2 from the line. As she hit the second shot, the game stopped and Eckley was honored in front of her peers, friends and family for her effort, hard work and dedication.

In the first quarter, the State College defense clamped down on Eckley and denied her any points in the quarter.

However, the Huskies got points from Meagan Harshbarger, Morgan Wagoner and Rylie Rittenhouse, appearing in a game for the first time this season. Eckley was tough on the boards and led the offense despite going scoreless.

State College’s Lexi Risha kept her in check for the entire first quarter.

In the second quarter, Mifflin County rallied back from the small deficit of 10-6 and scrapped and clawed to a halftime advantage of 23-21.

This round belonged to Mifflin County but the teams will meet at least one more time (in Lewistown) before the season is over.

The Huskies (6-0, 3-0) travel yet again Wednesday to play at Cumberland Valley.




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