HARRISBURG - The Mifflin County boys basketball team went pace-for-pace through three quarters with Commonwealth Division opponent Central Dauphin Friday, but a dismal first quarter put the Huskies in a point deficit they couldn't beat.
In the 77-57 Central Dauphin win, Mifflin County scored just seven first-quarter points to Central Dauphin's 23.
"The big difference in tonight's game was our lack of intensity and aggression in the first quarter. Central Dauphin came out, played much more aggressive than us, attacking at both ends of the court, and we dug ourselves too deep a hole," Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said.
The Huskies had nice scoring from a variety of players, including Curtis Jerzerick's team-high 13. Teammate Hunter Wright completed a double-double with his 10 points and 20 rebounds.
In JV action, Central Dauphin won 48-39.
Mifflin County (1-2) hosts Harrisburg Monday.
Lancaster Country Day 40
MIFFLINTOWN - The Juniata boys basketball team lit the board up for 20 fourth-quarter points in its first home game of the year Friday, and it resulted in a 50-40 win over Tri-Valley League opponent Lancaster Country Day.
The Indians had just a slim 30-29 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but some fundamentally sound defense came through in the clutch for the victory.
"The kids picked it up defensively, and then we got some fast breaks and some open opportunities, and got to the free throw line," said Juniata coach Al Ream, who explained that his team hit 8-of-9 shots from the charity stripe in the fourth.
"Our kids played well defensively - a good, strong team defensive effort tonight," Ream continued.
Justin Mingle scored a team-high 14 points, while teammate Tyler Clark contributed 13, nine of which came from beyond the arc.
Juniata (2-1, 1-0) will play at Carson Long Monday. The game was originally scheduled for earlier this week, but was postponed because of a school cancellation.
Harrisburg Academy 63, Belleville Mennonite 49
BELLEVILLE - Belleville Mennonite fought back from a 19-10 deficit in the first quarter to have its boys basketball game against Harrisburg Academy tied at 28-28 headed into the locker room Friday.
But unfortunately for the Thunder, a 21-point effort by Harrisburg Academy in the third quarter - a quarter in which many of the visitors' points were scored because of Belleville Mennonite turnovers - helped result in the 63-49 loss for the locals.
Harrisburg Academy's Jalen Gabbidon had a game-high 31 points, while Belleville Mennonite's Noah Anders notched a team-high 20.
"(Anders) got to the basket well tonight," said Belleville Mennonite coach Larry Kauffman, who explained that Anders did a good job of reading Harrisburg Academy's defense.
Belleville Mennonite (1-2) will host East Juniata on Tuesday.
Mount Union 54, Glendale 40
MOUNT UNION - Mount Union went on a 14-3 opening-quarter run against Glendale in boys basketball action Friday, and the Trojans never looked back en rout to a 54-40 non-conference win.
Mount Union coach Joe Komir said he was pleased with the Trojans' defense, which kept Glendale below double digits in both the second and third quarters, and that he was also glad to see some successful outside shooting.
One of those outside shooters was Klayton Heffner, who hit four 3-pointers as part of his team-high 16 points. Teammate B.J. Loner finished with 14 points.
In JV action, Mount Union edged Glendale, 35-31. C.J. Booher scored 25 points.
Mount Union (3-0, 1-0) will travel to Bellwood Monday.
Greenwood 44, Newport 31
MILLERSTOWN - Greenwood trailed its Perry County neighbor Newport 14-10 headed into the break Friday, but a huge turnaround in the second half gave the Wildcats the 44-31 Tri-Valley League win.
"We just came out with a lot more energy the second half. (Adam) Harrison really came out and put us on our back there," said Greenwood coach Kent Houser, who explained that Harrison scored 12 of his game-high 16 points in the third quarter.
In JV action, the Wildcats were again the victors with a 37-28 final score.
Greenwood (2-2, 1-1) travels to Juniata on Tuesday.
Harrisburg Academy 35, Belleville Mennonite 25
BELLEVILLE - A 12-point fourth quarter put Belleville Mennonite within 10 points of visiting Harrisburg Academy Friday, but the Thunder girls basketball team remained winless when the final buzzer went off to a 35-25 score.
"We played man defense again, and they were able to play better with their help defense," said Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook, who explained that ultimately it was turnovers that hurt her team.
Neither team was able to hit a 3-pointer throughout the contest, but Belleville Mennonite's Grace Peachey was successful on seven 2-pointers plus one free throw for a team high 15 points.
Belleville Mennonite (0-3) hosts East Juniata on Tuesday.
Midd-West 32, Newport 31
MIDDLEBURG - Morgan Shirk hit three 3-pointers for the Mustangs en route to her team-high 11 points, and the Midd-West girls basketball team edged non-league opponent Newport 32-31 Friday.
A 16-point second quarter was crucial for the Mustangs, as they held on to the lead for the rest of the game, despite Newport's comeback attempts.
Newport's Miranda Schaeffer was the game's greatest offensive force with her 19 points.
Midd-West won the JV contest, 40-37, with 11 points apiece from Cassie Oldt and Kayla Keister.
Midd-West travels to Greenwood on Tuesday.
Ninth-grade team: Altoona 46, Mifflin County 29. Drew Williams was the high scorer with eight. Mifflin County travels to Carlisle Wednesday.
Ninth-grade team: Mifflin County 53, Altoona 25. Eleana Eckley was the high scorer with 14. Mifflin County is now 2-0.
Outside of Mifflin County's participation in the King of the Mountain tournament, which began Friday, and Midd-West's bowling match at Shikellamy, all other local sporting events have been postponed because of expected bad weather.
Boys basketball: Mifflin County at Shikellamy - makeup date not yet determined.
Wrestling: Mustang Duals - postponed to Dec. 21.
Swimming: Brookville at Mifflin County - postponed to Jan. 11.