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MC girls shine in home win

There was a “Dogfight” at the “Dawg Pound” Tuesday in girls basketball.
Patience and teamwork center stage when the Mifflin County Lady Huskies went up against an uptempo Carlisle team at the Mifflin County gym.
Elaina Eckley led the way offensively for the Huskies as she grinded out a 35-point effort, 19 points came from the charity stripe, while teammate Riley Rittenhouse posted 23.
But it was the defensive prowess of others like Hannah Aumiller, Bryn Ferguson, Megan Harshbarger and Allison Prendergast that came up big in crunch time to help their team to a 69-57 victory.
The Herd gave it all they got but couldn’t make a run with the Huskies answering right back.
Carlisle got 27 points from strong center play of Cassidy Ingram while teammate Marlise Newson who tallied 18 in a losing effort.
In the first half, the game was a back and forth nail biter that would have the “Purple and Black attack” ahead 35-31 going into the intermission.
Rittenhouse had the hot hand in the first as she seemed to hit from every where. She was knocking down jumpers, triples and even shots from the foul line for a 10-point hard fought effort.
Ingram also had a strong opening eight minutes, hitting seven points.
But when the second quarter got underway, Mifflin County held a close 13-11 advantage.
In the second, Eckley started to heat up as she broke out with a 14-point period. Rittenhouse followed up her first with five more points to go into the intermission with 15. Eckley tallied 16 in the first half.
Mifflin County was able to stretch out its lead in the final two quarters thanks in part by hitting foul shots.
The Herd committed numerous fouls that put the Lady Huskies to the charity stripe 41 times. Mifflin County hit 30 of those while Eckley went 19-for-24.
Defensively in the third, Mifflin County held its own, clamping down and allowed just 10 points while its offense landed an 18-point finish. Both Rittenhouse and Eckley combined for a total of 16 points. Both had eight, by giving the Lady Huskies a double-digit 53-41 advantage.
Both teams stood their own in the final stanza as both produced 16 points each en route to the Mifflin County 12-point, 69-57, victory.
Mifflin County swept the two games on the night when the junior varsity team won 50-34.

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