COCOLAMUS - It was senior night for the Tigers when they hosted Tri-Valley League opponent Lancaster Country Day on Wednesday, and it might be said that with the 70-32 win, the seniors went out in style.
Cole Snyder led the seniors with six points, and classmates Delvin Hockenbroch, Jay Pillot and Evan Kline-Geffert also lit up the board in the Tigers' effort.
East Juniata coach Brock Anders was complimentary of the seniors' "dedication to the program and effort over their four years."
Junior Nick Lorenz also had an outstanding night, posting a career-high 32 points - as many as Lancaster Country Day scored as a team.
"I challenged the guys at half time because we didn't play a strong half," Anders said, explaining that the team stepped it up and got some big plays for a 39-point second half.
East Juniata (16-4, 11-3) travels to Millersburg Friday.
Mount Union 60
BELLWOOD - Kole House hit a big 3-point shot to bring the Mount Union boys within three points of Inter-County Conference opponent Bellwood-Antis Wednesday, but it was the last time the Trojans would score in the fourth quarter for the eventual 67-60 loss.
It was a game of runs, with the Blue Devils taking a 12-2 run in the first, then House and Klayton Heffner bringing it back to within six points to end the stanza.
Then in the second quarter, Mount Union outscored Bellwood-Antis 20-11 to lead by three going into the half, but second-half fouls put the Trojans in trouble as the Blue Devils hit 13 of their 18 fourth-quarter points from the charity stripe.
House, who had a game-high 25 points, led the Trojans in scoring. Jamal Smith trailed with 16.
The Trojans (10-10, 5-7) host Williamsburg on Friday.
East Juniata 34,
Lancaster Country Day 22
COCOLAMUS - It wasn't a pretty game when the East Juniata girls took a Tri-Valley League victory over Lancaster Country Day Wednesday, but a win's a win, and after losing four of their last five games, the Tigers were glad to put one in the win column.
"It was nice to get a win," East Juniata coach Travis Quici said. "We need one more win to get to districts."
After falling behind 7-5 in the first quarter, the Tigers turned it on for the remainder of the game, outscoring Lancaster Country Day in both the second and third quarters.
The Tigers were led by Caitlin Hoover, who had a game-high 12 points.
"I thought Hoover played fantastic tonight," Quici said, explaining that Hoover was not only strong on offense, but that she had some big steals off the Tigers' press.
East Juniata (10-9, 8-5) takes on Line Mountain at home on Thursday. The Tigers need 11 wins to get into District 4 playoffs, and have three chances left to achieve this goal.
Juniata Valley 54,
Mount Union 42
MOUNT UNION - The Mount Union girls had eight minutes left in the game and a nine-point deficit to erase, but were unable to overcome and lost to Inter-County Conference opponent Juniata Valley, 54-42, on Wednesday.
"Even in the third quarter we were right there with them 39-30, we're just not disciplined enough. We don't have enough depth. Juniata Valley is a good team," Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said.
In the teams' last matchup Juniata Valley's Haley Myers was a real thorn in Mount Union's side, but the Trojans were able to limit her to four in this contest. Unfortunately, teammate Kerigan Ammerman stepped up to fill Myers' place, notching a game-high 21 points.
Mount Union (9-10, 6-7) travels to Williamsburg on Friday.