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Lady Indians battle but fall to Bearcats in D6 opener

Huntingdon 50,

Juniata 36

By Kenny Varner

MIFFLINTOWN – The season came quietly to an end for the Juniata Indians girls basketball team Tuesday night, falling to Huntingdon 50-36 in the opening round of District 6 playoff action.

The Bearcats opened with the early lead and fought off every run that the Lady Indians threw at them.

Juniata got a 14-point effort from Mackenzie Bennett.

The Huntingdon defense was able to hold sharpshooter Emily Clark to just seven points on the night.

Malin Kint pulled down eight rebounds in limited action.

Huntingdon got a double-figure performance from Kynnedy Miller with 14.

In the first quarter, both defenses clamped down from the very beginning on both sides as it took three minutes for anyone to score.

Kint scored the first bucket on an offensive put back.

Miller tied it less than a minute later on a drive to the hoop.

The Huntingdon defense, which put a full court press on the entire period, forced a turnover and dished the ball out to Lexi Troop. Troop lined up the ball and posted a triple, upping it to a 5-2 advantage.

Bennett brought her team to within one as she hit a runner in the lane with 4-minutes left.

But the Bearcats fired right back when Rachel Kyle drove the lane for the bucket in traffic.

Bennett once again brought her team to within one on a jumper with 2:49 left.

But Allie Troup ended the first quarter scoring with a scoop shot in transition, ending the first with a 3-point lead.

Huntingdon added to its lead posting a 5-0 lead to start the second half.

Clark ended the run with a perfect set up and shot from beyond three, cutting the Lady Cats lead to 14-9.

Teammate Mya Rush followed with a triple of her own, bringing the Lady Indians to within two points.

For the second time in the period, Huntingdon went on another run, this time it would be a 7-0.

All of the points would come from Miller.

Went the two teams went into the half, the Bearcats led 21-12.

Going into the third quarter, Huntingdon continued the momentum breaking out of the intermission on another 7-0 run to extend its lead to 28-12.

But the Indians refused to go away as the team was able to pull to within 10 as the third quarter ended, 35-25.

Despite all its best efforts, the lead would be too much for Juniata as the Bearcats were just too tough down the stretch, taking a 50-36 victory.

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