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ARCHIVES: Mifflin County tops Chambersburg in girls’ January action

LEWISTOWN -Mifflin County moved closer to the .500 mark Saturday when the Lady Huskies overpowered visiting Chambersburg in a Mid- Penn Commonwealth Division showdown at the Mifflin County Gym.

After rolling to an early 12-2 lead, the Huskies fought off a Lady Trojan second half rally to hold onto a 67-49 victory. With the win, Mifflin County improves to 2-4 in the Mid-Penn and 4-5 overall.

Leading the way for Mifflin County was Breanna Cline who netted a team high 16 points. Teammates Jessa Wright, Rebeka Knable and Maggie Wilson all finished the day in double figures with a 15-, 13- and 11-point efforts in the victory.

Mifflin County coach Roger Herto was happy with the effort but knows that his team has not shown him all that the team is capable of.

“I told the girls it certainly wasn’t an A-game more like a B-minus. But it showed we haven’t been on the floor consistently here because the holiday break, the snow day. We didn’t get as many practices in as we’d like to and we played that was,”Herto said. “ We played well in spurts today. We were good enough that two or three spurts was enough. Two or three spurts separated us to where the game was comfortable.”

Coming out of the intermission, Chambersburg upped the tempo and fought back into the contest.

Trailing 32-22 at the half, the Lady Trojans cut the double-digit lead to as low as six. Chambersburg got buckets from Claire Jacobs and Lindsay Embly.

Jacobs, who finished the game with six points, picked up a jumper and was fouled on the play, cutting the lead to 32-24. But Jacobs missed the free throw.

After a Huskies’ turnover,  Embly picked up an offensive rebound and scored the put back, erasing the deficit to six.

Leading the way offensively for Chambersburg was Jennifer Grove with a game-high 18-point effort.

“Again for the second game in a row defensively, if you lookat a shot chart. Of their 49, I am going to guess 40 or more were right at the hoop, right inside the paint. That is just not good defense. Their team got into the paint way too easily tonight,” Herto said. “Like I told the kids it wasn’t one of our best wins but an 18-point win we’re going to celebrate. Right now 10 points coming into this game was the difference from us being 6-2 or 3-5. We’re talking a few possession here or there.”

Mifflin County got off to a strong start, pulling out to a 12-2 run to get things started. Mifflin County got a 3-point effort from senior Ashleigh Williams while Breanna Cline tallied four a triple from Knable and a strong bucket in the lane from Wright.

Defensively, the Huskies held the Lady Trojans to just six points in the first period en route to the 18-6 first quarter advantage.

Cline and Knable led the Mifflin County scoring in the second quarter with a 6-point efforts. The Lady Trojans picked up a 7-point effort in the period by Embly.

Chambersburg bounced back a little in the second quarter, outscoring Mifflin County 16-14, trailing by 10 at the intermission.

Despite the early run by the Lady Trojans, the Lady Huskies lead was never in danger as they outscored Chambersburg 35-26 in the second half.

Wright was the teams leading scorer in the second half, netting two triples and a 11-point effort while teammate Maggie Wilson scored nine of her 11 points in the second half.

In junior varsity action, the Huskies also picked up a hard fought victory downing the Lady Trojans 59-34.

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