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State College boys stun Mifflin County

State College boys stun  Mifflin County

WINGATE – Sometimes records can be deceiving.

Sporting a 3-19 record, the State College boys basketball team shocked the number one seed Mifflin County in the second round of the District 6 Class AAAA playoffs.

With a spot in the championship game on the line and a 14th consecutive appearance in the title tilt the Little Lions came firing on all cylinders from the first tick of the game, outscoring Mifflin County 27-9.

But despite the huge deficit, Mifflin County rallied back in the second half, giving the Huskie fans a lot to cheer from before State College ran out the clock, picking up its fourth win of the season in a 49-44 victory.

State College will play Altoona for the right to call themselves champions.

After scoring the last seven of the last nine points of the first half, Mifflin County started its march back into the contest early in the third quarter.

Trailing 27-13 at the intermission, the Huskies rallied back with a feisty defense and a opportunistic offense, Mifflin County was able to cut the lead to single digits before the final tick of the third quarter.

Entering the final stanza, Mifflin County was able to cut the lead to 36-28. The Huskies offense outscored the Little Lions 15-9.

But the best was about to begin as the two entered the fourth quarter.

Mifflin County outscored State College early on, going on a 6-2 run to close the deficit to just five points, 39-34 with 5:47 left.

The run forced State College to call a much needed time out. The Little Lions didn’t make the most of the break coming out as the never-say-die Huskies continued to hang in the contest.

In the final seconds, the Huskies twice got the game to as close a three points but State College made all their foul shots down the stretch holding onto the victory.

State College’s first half was a strong one as it was able to limit Mifflin County from getting a lot of second chance shots.

Offensively, the Little Lions seemed to have both their inside game and their outside game as it rolled to an 18-point lead early in the second quarter.

Mifflin County ended its season with a record of 11-12.

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