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State girls hold onto to win at buzzer; defeats MC

LEWISTOWN – For the State College girls and Mifflin County it was a game that was good to the last shot. It was a battle and a nail biter for the entire contest.
After splitting the two regular season contests, Mifflin County met State College in girls District 6 post season action.
It was a game of momentum and the game finished how a good rivalry game should, with a shot to decide the contest.
Though Mifflin County’s Rylie Rittenhouse’s attempt for a three at the buzzer was just off, neither her or her teammates had anything to head about as they fell to State College Wednesday night at Mifflin County’s “Dawg Pound”, 50-48.
State College was led by the strong inside game of Taylor Love, who posted a game-high 25 points in the victory. Teammate Maya Bokunewicz followed up with 15 points.
Mifflin County’s defense allowed only four Little Lions to score on the night.
State College’s defense was tough in the first three quarters, allowing the 13-win Huskies to just 27 points.
Mifflin County’s scoring was more spread out as three Huskies landed in double digits.
Eleana Eckley, who scored nine points fourth quarter points, tallied a team-high 14 in the losing effort.
Ericka Lepley chipped in with 12 points while Hannah Aumiller rounded things out with a 10-point effort.
After jumping out to an early lead, State College had to hold off a feisty Huskie team in the final quarter to take the win.
The Little Lions went into the final stanza leading 35-27.
Love opened the period hitting one of two from the charity stripe, upping the lead to nine.
Rittenhouse got the ball and went up for the shot in the paint and was fouled in the process. She was perfect on the free throw, cutting it to 36-30.
On the next two possessions, Love went to the line twice and went 3-for-4, upping the lead back to nine once again.
Back came Mifflin County as Eckley turned her game up a notch and went right at the heart of the Little Lion defense and made the bucket and foul shot to reduce the lead once again to six with 5:45 left.
On the following inbounds, Mifflin County used a full court press to perfection as Eckley stole the ball and went in for the lay-up, cutting the score to 39-34 with almost three minutes off the clock.
On the following possession, Kayla Hawbaker hit a jumper at the foul line to extend the advantage to seven at 41-34.
State College called a time out to set up their defense.
Off the inbounds, Mifflin County got the ball to Aumiller and she sent it home from beyond three point land, cutting it to four with 5:06 left.
Mifflin County’s defense and Eckley forced another State College turnover and once again she went in for the shot and the free throw attempt.
Despite missing the foul shot to complete the old fashioned three point play, Eckley got the ball back seconds later and went to the line once again where she hit 1-of-2 to cut it to 41-40.
State College rallied out to take five point advantage with 1:15 left.
Mifflin County rallied back to two with 12.3 left on a triple by Allison Prendergast, putting the game to a 50-48 contest.
The Huskies got the ball back with less than ten ticks left and got the ball to Rittenhouse and her shot just missed at the buzzer as the whole crowd watched in anticipation.
Mifflin County ended its season with a 13-10 while State College improved to 10-13 in a game that both teams should be proud of the effort.

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