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Juniata comes back to top East Juniata in late fourth quarter comeback

By Kenny Varner

COCOLAMUS – What a way to end as the regular season.

With a full house full of fans from both sides and a post season atmosphere all for one rivalry game.

The East Juniata girls and Juniata girls renewed its rivalry Saturday night.

What looked to be a Tigers’ runaway early in the first half turned in the second half that belonged to the Lady Indians as Juniata battled its way back outscoring EJ 22-9 in the the period to take home the victory and secure a second seed in the District 6 playoffs winning 37-32.

Olivia Clark led the comeback as she posted 17 while teammate Malin Kint followed up with a 9-point effort.

East Juniata got a 10-point effort by Paris Feltman in the loss.

Early on, the Lady Tigers opened to a strong offensive effort, outscoring the Indians, 14-10.

Clarye Guyer hit two triples to help her team to the first quarter lead.

In the second, East Juniata’s defense held Juniata to just five points in the period while its offense generated nine.

Cypress Feltman paced the Indians with five of her team’s nine points as East Juniata went into the locker room leading 23-15.

Juniata started to come alive in the second half.

Olivia Clark got the second half scoring started for the Indians on a jumper at 7:04.

But the Tigers’ came right back and hit consecutive buckets by Leah Sankey and Paris Feltman, upping the lead to 27-17.

After a bucket by Juniata, Paris Feltman and Thea Neimond, put her team up by 31-20.

Clark brought back the Indians as she had four points in the team’s 12-1 run to end the quarter. Sharpshooter Mackenzie Bennett hit a triple to send the Indians into the fourth with all the momentum.

Going into the final stanza, East Juniata’s lead was widdled down six at 32-31.

Excitement filled the gym as the fourth began, there was an energy flowing through the stands as the fans cheering echoed through the gym.

Juniata continued its comeback attempt and went to work in both sides of the court.

Clark would lead the Indians to the victory, holding the Tigers scoreless while the Lady Indians posted nine en route to the 37-32 victory.

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