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MC girls dominate Mechanicsburg

Photos by Bob Hockenbrock
Mifflin County 55, Mechanicsburg 35

LEWISTOWN – Efficient offense and tough defense led by the duo of Marissa Gingrich and Bri Bodtorf carried the Huskies over rival Mechanicsburg by the final score of 55-35 in a Mid-Penn Conference Keystone division girls basketball game Tuesday night at Mifflin County High School.

The Huskies had an overall field goal percentage over 50 for the entire game. Also Mifflin County kept control of the ball as well offensively as the Huskies only committed a total of eight turnovers for the night.

Mifflin County made 20 field goals on offense while defensively the Huskies held the Wildcats to making only 10 field goals for the evening.

It all started in the second quarter of the night with Mifflin County only down 14-12 when the offense exploded. Bodtorf nailed a pair of big three pointers to open the quarter while the Wildcats struggled offensively.

The Huskies then started using their defense and turning it into offense forcing Mechanicsburg turnovers and going on the fast break for some easy baskets. Most of the damage done on the fast break was the Gingrich finding Kate Knable who proceeded to finish off the break with a bucket.

Bodtorf dropped her third three pointer in the frame giving her nine for the period. Mya Aumiller and Gingrich joined in on the fun as each dropped a deep ball in the frame giving Mifflin County five three pointers for the quarter.

The Huskies outscored the Wildcats 23-8 in the first half and took a 35-22 lead into the break.

The pressure from the Mifflin County defense continued in the third quarter of the game as the Huskies showed pressure on Mechanicsburg not only in a full-court press, but even when the Wildcats managed to get the ball to half-court, they were immediately met with a Mifflin County player were forced to take a tough shot.

Gingrich carried the load for Mifflin County as she scored as many points in the third quarter as she did for the entire first half of the game with nine points.

Mechanicsburg tried to make a comeback on a couple of occasions including three bank shots from three point range by Cassie Eager.

However, the Huskies quickly stepped on the gas and answered with a few runs of their own to keep the Wildcats down and out.

Gingrich led Mifflin County with a game of 21 points with 12 of her points coming from beyond the arc. Gingrich also collected eight rebounds and Bodtorf dropped 19 points for the night and had three three pointers and also eight rebounds.

The Huskies also won in the JV game against the Wildcats winning by the final score of 47-29.

Mifflin County is now (6-4) overall and (5-1) in the Mid-Penn Conference and will look to keep the winning ways going on Friday as the Huskies will host Red Land.

Mifflin County 55, Mechanicsburg 35
Aija Binder 0 0-0 0, Amelia Leister 0 0-0 0, Bri Bodtorf 5 6-7 19, Marissa Gingrich 8 1-2 21, Kate Knable 3 0-0 6, Tessa Pavlova 0 0-0 0,, Mya Aumiller 4 0-0 9, Emma Weaver 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 7-9 55
3-point goals: Bodtorf 3, Gingrich 4, Aumiller
Cassie Eager 3 0-0 9, Gracen Nutt 3 3-4 10, Priya Loran 2 0-1 5, Jayden Eager 0 1-2 1, Emma Castilla 2 6-8 10, Bella Gilliard 0 0-0 0, Elizabeth Alvey 0 0-0 0, Kerrigan Lebo 0 0-0 0, Alayna Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 10-15 35
3-point goals: C.Eager 3, Nutt, Loran
Score by quarters
M 14-8-8-5 – 35
MC 12-23-14-6 – 55

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