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Lady Tigers sweep season series against rival Indians

By Kenny Varner

COCOLAMUS – The uptempo game of East Juniata proved to be too much for its rival Juniata Friday as the Lady Tigers swept the season against the Indians, 43-29.

However, the game wouldn’t be decided until the final stanza where the Tigers’ defense fended off the young Juniata crew.

East Juniata led the way offensively by Amara Brubaker who netted a game-high 12 points while teammate Alyssa Robinson rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11.

Juniata’s strength came from its rebounding. The Lady Indians out rebounded the Lady Tigers 22-15.

For East Juniata, it’s speed forced double-digit turnovers en route to the victory.

Offensively, Juniata got a 10-point effort by Ava Shearer.

Going into the final period, the Indians cut a double-digit third quarter deficit and cut the Tigers lead to single digits, 30-22.

Shearer got the scoring started in the fourth, hitting 2-for-2 from the foul line, cutting it a six point game at 30-24 with 6:18 left.

On the following East Juniata possession, Robinson extended it back to an eight-point game as she got behind the Juniata defense for the lay in.

Haley Mummah brought the Juniata lead back to six as she hit 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.

With 4:14 left, the Lady Tigers’ offense sizzled down the stretch going to an 11-3 run.

Juniata finished the game on a high note as Lorena Rivera sunk a triple to end the game scoring at a 43-29 final.

East Juniata and Juniata opened the first quarter battling from the start.

Robinson roped a triple to get the Lady Tigers off and running.

Mackenzie Bennett started the Indians scoring with a jumper in the lane.

After a Tiger turnover Shearer hit a jumper, giving the Indians its only lead of the game.

But the opportunistic defense of East Juniata pushed the final 4:24 going on a 15 – 7run, giving the home team a double digit 17-11 advantage.

In a very defensive oriented period, East Juniata was able to hold the Juniata offense to just one point.

The Lady Indians defense was almost as strong allowing only six.

When the two teams went into the intermission, the Tigers lead 23-12.

Juniata nettled back in the third quarter as they were able to chip into the Indians’ lead single digits, as they outscored East Juniata 10-7.

However, the Tigers settled back in and took care of the fourth en route to the win.

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