From staff reports
HIGHLAND PARK - Central's Shane Cafferty connected four times from beyond the arc as part of his game-high 22 points to lead the Scarlet Dragons to a 53-30 Mountain League boys basketball win over Indian Valley Friday.
It was the first loss of the season for the Warriors.
Sentinel photo by MATT?STRICKER
Indian Valley’s Jake Schaffer (11) goes up for a layup agains the defense of Central’s Lucas Runk Friday in Highland Park. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
"Tonight was one of those nights that coaches fear," Warriors coach Bob Sealy said. "We played a tough game against Tyrone and kind of had a bit of a hangover. Central played very, very well. I hope we don't bring that out of teams."
Will Long had 11 points to lead Indian Valley, who never managed more than 10 points in any quarter.
"We didn't have an answer to their zone," Sealy said.
The Warriors won the JV game 46-31. Jeremy Koller had 11 to lead Indian Valley.
Indian Valley (6-1, 4-1) is at Central Mountain Tuesday.
Bald Eagle Area 33
WINGATE - Andy Baker and Dan Wheeler combined for 33 points on Friday evening as the Lewistown Panthers cruised past Bald Eagle Area 59-33 in a Mountain League boys basketball contest.
"We played much better tonight than Wednesday," Panthers coach Aaron Ginigrich said. "We executed at both ends of the court and did what we had to do to get a comfortable road win."
In addition to his 17 points Baker added eight assists while Dan Wheeler, Doug Randall and Nick Pupo ripped down 28 rebounds between the trio.
"Andy Baker was very aggressive offensively and essentially controlled the game for us on that end of the court," Gingrich said. "And Dan Wheeler, Doug Randall and Nick Pupo controlled the glass."
The Panthers (5-3, 3-2) return home to host Penns Valley on Tuesday.
Belleville Mennonite 53, York Country Day 30
BELLEVILLE - Belleville Mennonite's boys basketball squad got its ship turned back in the right direction on Friday evening with a 53-30 triumph over York Country Day.
"It was a pretty sloppy game honestly, but we needed a win," Trojans coach Larry Kauffman said. "It was good for our confidence."
Micah Peachey led the locals in scoring with 13 points while Nate Metzler recorded 12 and J.D. Spicher added 10.
Next up for Belleville Mennonite (3-5) is a home matchup with East Juniata at 2:30 p.m. today.
"These are challenges we look forward to," Kauffman said. "We need to play these types of games in order to get the program where it needs to be. EJ's tough - I've seen them play, but hopefully we'll come out ready to play and we'll see what happens."
Greenwood 57, Upper Dauphin 37
MILLERSTOWN - Greenwood's boys basketball team made it five consecutive Tri-Valley League victories on Friday evening with a 57-37 victory over Upper Dauphin.
"We did a nice job at the end of the game tonight," Wildcats coach Kent Houser said. "We limited them to one field goal and we went 10-for-10 down the stretch at the line when they had to foul us."
Zach Fortenbaugh's 15 points led Greenwood while Deaven Kelly registered 14 and Jordann Ferguson chipped in with 10 for the Perry County squad.
The Wildcats (8-1, 5-0) host Milton tonight.
Meadowbrook 55, Juniata Mennonite 24
PORT ROYAL - Meadowbrook Christian hit on all cylinders Friday evening en route to a 55-24 boys basketball road victory over Juniata Mennonite.
And according to Lions coach Dennis Zimmerman, his team's main struggle can be summed up pretty easily.
"It's just experience," he said. "Meadowbrook is a fundamentally-sound basketball team and our inexperience is just showing itself - that's all."
Eric Troup led the way with seven points for Juniata Mennonite while Luke Showers chipped in with five.
The Lions (0-8) travel to Grace Prep on Monday.
Indian Valley at Tool City Tournament
MEADVILLE - Indian Valley 119-pounder Kaleb Loht is the only Warrior wrestler still in contention for a championship after the first day Friday at the Tool City Tournament in Meadville.
Loht will compete today in the semifinals.
The Warriors still have a few grapplers in the consolation brackets who will also compete on the second day of wrestling, although because of late consolation wrestling an exact number was not available as of press time.
"It's a tough competition in Tool City," Indian Valley coach Joe Daubert said. "The kids are wrestling well."
The competition resumes at 8 a.m. today.
East Juniata 36, Halifax 28
COCOLAMUS - East Juniata's girls basketball team turned a recent run of solid performances into a Tri-Valley League win on Friday evening as the Tigers beat Halifax 36-28.
"We got good balance," Tigers coach Travis Quici said. "It's something that we talk about every day. And defensively we were solid - we kind of had an idea of what they had offensively."
Quici also noted that Kayla Pellman and Mackenzie Truitt hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the second half to steal the momentum from the visiting Wildcats.
The Tigers (3-7) visit Belleville Mennonite today at 1 p.m.
Belleville Mennonite 46, York Country Day 11
BELLEVILLE - A blistering start helped the Belleville Mennonite girls basketball team to a convincing 46-11 victory over York Country Day on Friday evening.
"I was pleased," Trojans coach Clint Bonson said. "Sometimes in games like this you get complacent, but we kept up the intensity and got off to a good start like we wanted to. The defensive pressure was good and we got a lot of easy baskets."
Morgan Spicher's 16 points outscored the Greyhounds by five.
"We got a lot of the bench in so I was able to rest my starters and get a lot of players some experience," Bonson said. "We have four games in five days so that was important."
The Trojans (3-4) have a quick turnaround when they play host to East Juniata today at 1 p.m.
Juniata Mennonite 42, Meadowbrook 28
PORT ROYAL - Three Juniata Mennonite players scored in double figures as the Lions topped Meadowbrook Christian 42-28 Friday.
Christa Auker and Emily Rodgers each had 14 points for Juniata Mennonite while Jenny Zimmerman chipped in 12.
"We were off since Dec. 17 and we started out slow, but in the second quarter, we really kind of broke loose offensively," Lions coach Jeff Auker said. "Emily kept us in it in the first (quarter) with six points down low. It was something we worked on over the holiday. Her and Jenny did a good job of passing the ball to each other. We practiced that. We did a lot of things we practiced over the break and it paid off tonight."
Juniata Mennonite (4-2, 3-1) travels to State College to face Grace Prep Monday.
Junior high boys basketball
A: Lewistown 41, Bald Eagle Area 39
B: Lewistown 33, Bald Eagle Area 30
WINGATE - Lewis Jerzerick scored 16 points on Friday afternoon to lead the Lewistown Panthers 'A' team (3-1) to a tight 41-39 win at Bald Eagle Area.
The Panthers made it a clean sweep in the 'B' team contest with a 33-30 triumph over the Eagles. Heath Hidlay led all scorers in the game with 14 points. The 'B' team is now 2-2.
Both quads are back in action on Tuesday hosting Penns Valley.
A: Central 37, Indian Valley 34
B: Central 31, Indian Valley 24
HIGHLAND PARK - Indian Valley's junior high boys basketball teams each fell to Central Friday.
The 'A' team lost a close 37-34 score while the Warriors' 'B' squad fell 31-24.
The 'A' team was led by Rodney Patterson with 13 points. The 'B' team was paced by Jordan Wolfkill's eight.
Both teams are at Central Mountain Tuesday.