From staff reports
HALIFAX - Juniata picked up its biggest win of the girls basketball season thus far, a 62-55 victory over Halifax - on the road - that put the Indians alone at the top of the Tri-Valley League standings.
The visitors outscored Halifax 20-12 in the opening stanza and never looked back. Juniata spread the ball around, getting double-digit scoring from four different players before the night was over.
"These kids are so unselfish and they share the ball well. Tonight was a perfect example of that," Indians coach Meghan Geedey said.
Carly Burns led the way with 16 points. Joelle Winey added 14 and Maddie Zendt 13. Victoria Varner's 10 included the game's only three. Burns (13 rebounds) and Zendt (10) each had double-doubles.
Geedey knew that staying unbeaten in the TVL meant her team had to take this one, and she said the Wildcats pose problems for her team because they are very athletic.
"We are bigger than they are. We should be able to have the advantage in size and we should be able to own the boards," she explained. "We thought this game had to be a big defensive game for us."
Specifically, the Halifax offense needed to be one shot and done.
"For the most part we were able to do that," she said.
Juniata (6-1, 4-0) travels to East Juniata Wednesday.
Midd-West 49, Northumberland Christian 28
MIDDLEBURG - Chloe Wagner scored a career-high 18 points and Brianna Beiler had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds as Midd-West topped non-league opponent Northumberland Christian 49-28 Monday.
Makenzi Kauffman grabbed eight boards for the Mustangs, who shot 41 percent from the floor,
Midd-West (4-3) hosts Mifflinburg Wednesday.
Midd-West 68, Northumberland Christian 40
MIDDLEBURG - Ascher Marks scored 26 points, hitting three from long distance, as Midd-West picked up a much-needed win over Northumberland Christian in a non-league boys basketball game Monday.
How dominant was Marks' effort? He was one of only two double-digit scorers in the game, the only one from his team. Dyllan Folk and Andrew Karchner were the next best for the Mustangs with eight apiece.
"We needed a quick turnaround," Midd-West coach Aaron Ettinger said. "Saturday we just struggled. This is a good positive win for us."
The Mustangs (2-3) are slated to play Milton tonight, a game that may or may not be played due to today's school closure.
St. Joseph's 46, Belleville Mennonite 32
BOALSBURG - St. Joseph's Catholic Academy dropped Belleville Mennonite 46-32 in a boys basketball game Monday night.
The Thunder got to the line 29 times on the night, converting 17 of them for over half of their points.
"We had trouble putting the ball in the basket period," Belleville Mennonite coach Larry Kauffman said. "We scored most of our points from the line."
The effort for Belleville Mennonite was a sloppy, turnover-laden contest.
The Thunder (1-6) will take the floor next on Thursday when they host Carson Long.
8th grade: Huntingdon 42, Mifflin County 25. High scorer Cade Shoemaker, 7 points.
7th grade: Mifflin County 27, Huntingdon 26. High scorer Nathan Poche, 16 points. Mifflin County travels to DuBois Saturday.