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Having Just Enough!

Dec. 16, 2010

Warriors hang on in Herto’s return home

December 16, 2010 - By DREW PELLMAN, Sentinel sports reporter, dpellman@lewistownsentinel.com
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HIGHLAND PARK - After watching Juniata erase a 27-17 deficit in the fourth quarter Wednesday, Indian Valley girls basketball coach Roger Herto might've had to stop and wonder if it was worth coming back to the bench.

But with the scoreboard reading 29-29, his squad rallied together to post four of the final six points and pick up its first victory of the young season - a 33-31 triumph over the Mountain League's newest member.

"I told the kids that nothing is going to come easy for us this year," Herto said. "We'll have to fight for everything we get. This wasn't the prettiest win in the world, but it's a win and we have to cherish them. It's funny - three years ago when I was coaching, I would have probably left here without cherishing this win. But when you're away for two years and you come back, you learn to appreciate this more."

For Juniata and coach Meghan Geedey, the hope is that the strong final period propels the team into a quicker start next time out.

"For me, it was a tale of two halves. This was our first game and I have kids out on the floor that have played very few varsity minutes," Geedey said. "So getting this first game out of the way in the Mountain League means a lot. Now we can move on."

It was a low-scoring contest from the outset with Indian Valley's Whitney Corbin holding the lone point for several minutes. Juniata's Marnie Hart connected on a three-ball and teammate Lindsey Lowrey scored her first bucket to give the visiting Indians a 5-3 lead after one period.

The second, however, was all about the home team.

Dani Treaster and Breanna Cline combined for eight points - four apiece - and Priscilla Weaver added three more as the home team outscored Juniata by a 13-3 margin before the half. In all, it added up to a 16-8 Warrior advantage at the break.

Lowrey tried to jump start her squad with five points in the third quarter, but Allie Sutton matched that with five of her own for the Warriors to keep the Indian Valley advantage at eight heading into the final stanza.

Juniata's deficit increased to 10 before the visitors got on the comeback trail. Lowrey scored eight points in the quarter, Riley Mummah added her only bucket of the game and Alyssa Graybill did the same with the tying score with two minutes still to play.

Treaster, one of the lone Warriors with experience, responded in a big way with a triple with just under a minute to go to take the lead back for the Mifflin County team.

Juniata's Carly Burns then proceeded to make a pair of free throws to draw the Indians within one before creating a steal on the ensuing Warrior possession. She was fouled on her way to the basket with less than 30 seconds to play, but was unable to connect on either of her free throws that would've given Juniata it's first lead in three quarters.

After Corbin connected on a free throw at the other end with four seconds left, Hart's desperation heave hit off the top of the backboard and Juniata's rally fell just short.

"This is the first game that we haven't had an offensive identity," Geedey said in reference to losing leading scorer Lindsey Haubert to graduation. "I expect a lot of these kids will be able to step up offensively and create a new offensive identity as we move forward."

Herto made two observations about the game - the first being that Juniata's program will continue to improve under Geedey, and the second regarding how happy he was to back in the fold.

"You could see from the first year (Geedey) came in that things were slowly starting to build for them and I think you are going to see Juniata continue to get better with her there," Herto said. "It was good to be back in this gym and it was fun to look around and see the faces that I've seen for many years here supporting the kids."

Lowrey finished with a game-high 17 points for Juniata while Indian Valley was led by Treaster's 13. The Indians took the JV contest, 32-20.

Indian Valley (1-1, 1-0) returns home to host Bald Eagle Area on Friday while Juniata (0-1, 0-1) travels to Penns Valley the same evening.

 

 

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