LANCASTER - Knowing how to win was an asset for East Juniata Friday, as the Tiger boys picked up in basketball right where they left off in soccer - handing it to another Tri-Valley League team.
Nick Lorenz put up 16 points and Lancaster Country Day, the home team, couldn't get anyone in double digits as East Juniata won 62-26. It was the secondary players who impressed Tigers coach Brock Anders, though, most notably Jeremy Pannebaker, who was the No. 2 scorer at 13.
"We got great contributions out of Jeremy off the bench," he said. "Jay Pillot with his five points had 12 rebounds"
Those meaningful minutes build confidence that the team will need down the road, he said.
East Juniata (4-1, 2-0) hosts Juniata Wednesday.
Mount Union 59, Glendale 40
FLINTON - Mount Union bombarded the net in the first and third quarters, scoring more than half its points at both ends of the game en route to a 59-40 Inter-County Conference boys basketball win over Glendale Friday.
Four players reached double digits in the scoring column, led by Jamal Smith's 16. Add 13 from Kahlil Fortson, 12 from B.J. Loner and 10 from Klayton Heffner - including 15-of-18 from the line by Loner, Smith and Heffner. Loner's perfect 6-for-6 was the biggest help as the team offered solid foul shooting down the stretch.
Mount Union coach Joe Komir said he also was pleased with the defense, which held Glendale to five in the third.
The Trojans also won the JV game, 36-28.
Mount Union (4-0, 1-0) hosts Bellwood-Antis Monday.
Juniata Mennonite 61, New Covenant 54
MANSFIELD - Juniata Mennonite trailed most of the night against New Covenant, but stepped up against a solid outside shooter in the third to win the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys basketball game, 61-54.
New Covenant hit seven times from downtown, but that slowed after the teams came out of the locker room.
"Their three-point shooter went down in the third quarter," Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said. "We started pressing him a little, pushing him a little bit. The guys learned to play defense."
Juniata Mennonite (3-2, 1-1) travels to Sunbury Christian Tuesday.
Harrisburg Academy 53, Belleville Mennonite 44
BELLEVILLE - Belleville Mennonite ran into a veteran squad with a sharpshooter, and the Trojan boys were behind by as much as 30 against Harrisburg Academy Friday.
The home team's comeback try was just short, a 53-44 final favoring Harrisburg Academy in boys basketball.
"We started out slow, very sloppy. We played very young in the first half," Trojans coach Doug Snook said. "The end of third into the fourth quarter they came alive and played an incredible fourth quarter."
The Trojans' 23-4 fourth was actually better than the 23-6 Harrisburg lead effort in the second, but the Trojans had given up too much already. Austin Byler scored 16 and Noah Anders 15 in the loss.
Belleville Mennonite (2-2) hosts Great Commission Monday.
Central Dauphin 68, Mifflin County 35
LINGLESTOWN - Central Dauphin's Shatara Parsons had an above-average night, and that made it a bad one for Mifflin County.
Parsons, who averages 20 points per game, dropped the ball in the net for that much and added a trio of free throws, leading Central Dauphin to a 68-35 Commonwealth Division win in the girls basketball contest Friday.
The Rams powered their way to a 34-15 lead in the first half, and left no opportunity open for the Huskies down the stretch. Mifflin County coach Kevin Kodish said it was just a bad night for his team.
"Too many mental mistakes," he said. "On top of everything, we had a very bad shooting night. In a typical shooting night we're still in reach of the game."
Olivia Halfpenny led the Mifflin County offense with 12.
Central Dauphin also won the JV game, 53-36. Tara Kibe scored 11 for the Huskies.
Mifflin County (2-2, 0-2) hosts Harrisburg Monday.
East Juniata 43, Lancaster Country Day 21
LANCASTER - After a lackluster opening quarter - which East Juniata still led through - the Tiger girls poured it on in the second, outscoring Lancaster Country Day 13-2 on the way to a 43-21 Tri-Valley League win.
"We were sloppy. We couldn't get any rhythm," East Juniata coach Travis Quici said.
Lauren Maguire scored 13 for the Tigers - with three long balls - and Maddie Trego scored 12.
"Lauren shot well and Maddie had a a great night too," Quici said.
East Juniata (2-0, 2-0) travels to Midd-West Monday.
Juniata Mennonite 51, New Covenant 29
MANSFIELD - Juniata Mennonite controlled New Covenant's strong shooting threat and went on a first-quarter tear, turning a 26-4 opening stanza into a 51-29 win in Allegheny Christian Athletic Association girls basketball Friday.
"We came out and just took it to them early. We did a lot of things well," Lions coach Andy Meiser said. "They threw a press at us and we went through it like tissue paper. We moved the ball so well."
Molly Arnold led the attack with 14 points, while Lauren Breon chipped in 10, as the Lions faced their third opponent on the road in four days.
"I could hardly be happier with all of them. It was a great effort," Meiser said.
Juniata Mennonite (3-2, 1-1) travels to Sunbury Christian Tuesday.
Belleville Mennonite 36, Harrisburg Academy 30
BELLEVILLE - The game was decided from the charity stripe Friday night as Belleville's Mennonite 9-for-12 performance from the foul line versus Harrisburg Academy's 2-for-12 effort played a major role in the eventual 36-30 Belleville Mennonite win.
It was the Trojans' first win of the season.
"Overall, the girls finally were able to click and work together tonight," Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said, citing the fact that her whole team put forth a strong effort in the contest.
In particular, Zook pointed out that Mollie Morgan, who tied with teammate Rachel Anders for a game-high 13 points, really brought a strong offensive effort to the court.
Belleville Mennonite (1-3) hosts Great Commission Monday.
Mount Union 41, Glendale 23
MOUNT UNION - After a slow start that saw the Trojans up by just two after trailing much of the first half, Mount Union came to life out of the locker room to take a 41-23 victory from Inter-County Conference opponent Glendale in girls basketball Friday.
"We really played sluggish in the first half. We just kind of stayed back," Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said. "In the second half we came out with a little bit more fire."
Tynita White led the attack with 13 points; Ashlyn Drake and Aaliyah Gilbert-Walker each added 10.
The Trojans also won the JV game, 37-28.
Mount Union (3-1, 2-0) travels to Bellwood-Antis Monday.
Upper Dauphin 26, Greenwood 16
ELIZABETHVILLE - Greenwood continued to struggle in girls basketball Friday, dropping a 26-16 decision to Upper Dauphin in Tri-Valley League play. Morgan Kauffman scored seven for the Wildcats (0-4), the only player on Greenwood's roster to find the basket more than once from the floor or the line.
9th grade: Mifflin County 29, Central Dauphin 26. High scorer, Cade Attick 17 points. Mifflin County hosts DuBois Monday.
9th grade: Mifflin County 41, Central Dauphin 27. High scorer, Jessa Wright 12 points. Mifflin County (3-0) travels to Carlisle Wednesday.