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Lady Huskies still undefeated; tops SC

By Kenny Varner
STATE COLLEGE – Still undefeated!
The Mifflin County girls basketball team had its biggest test this year as it went up against a strong defense in State College on the road.
Despite a slow start by the Huskies, the group rallied thanks to a strong team rebounding performance and an explosion of 29-points by floor leader Eleana Eckley, posting Mifflin County the 48-44 victory Monday night.
Eckley led the game not only with her shooting touch but was also aggressive on the boards by pulling down 10 boards and fed the ball constantly to her teammates when State College’s defense collapsed on her.
Not only was the night memorable from the win standpoint for the Huskies but Eckley also made history as she posted her 1,000 point sending her into rarified air at Mifflin County.
“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,” said 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 who posted 14 and teammate Isabelle Leazier who’s 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 Maya Bokenewicz. 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 with her free throws 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 its defensive intensity as only Eckley was able score.
In the third quarter, history was made. Needing only 23 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 charity stripe. 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. Eckley was tough on the boards and leading 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 their was to a halftime advantage of 23-21.mThis round belonged to Mifflin County but the teams will meet back up at least one more time before the season to be over.
The Lady Huskies will travel yet another time Wednesday to play Cumberland Valley

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