ELIZABETHVILLE - A little bit of magic from the line never hurts, and in Juniata's 52-50 win over Tri-Valley League opponent Upper Dauphin Friday, this was especially the case.
The Juniata boys hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch, and coach Al Ream said that allowed the Indians to "keep the game and ice the game."
Rebounding was also crucial to the win.
"As a team we rebounded well and limited their number of second shots, which was critical to our success," said Ream, whose team was led in rebounding by Ross Mummah and Logan Knepp.
On the offensive end, Knepp and Justin Mingle led the Indians with 11 points apiece, while teammate Josh Parson scored 10.
Alex White had nine points in the JV game, which the Indians lost, 50-36.
Juniata (6-3, 4-2) travels to Millersburg Tuesday.
East Juniata 58, Newport 46
NEWPORT - East Juniata might have had a little bit of rust and it might have had some defensive troubles in the second half, but still the Tigers came away with the victory Friday against Tri-Valley League opponent Newport, 58-46.
"Early on we played pretty well. I thought the second half we did not respond well defensively to some of the things they did," said East Juniata coach Brock Anders, whose team was playing its second game in 18 days.
In the opening half, East Juniata scored 37 points, while in the second half the Tigers put up 21. Anders said the team will use the game as a learning experience to stay more disciplined and focused through the entire game.
Nick Lorenz had a team-high 19 points for the Tigers while Bailey Coder (15) and David Brantley (12) also reached double digits.
East Juniata (8-0, 6-0) will host Harrisburg Academy today.
Selinsgrove 40, Midd-West 31
SELINSGROVE - Midd-West scored 12 points early in Friday's boys basketball game against Selinsgrove, but that was the most the Mustangs would see in a single quarter as the Seals recovered for the 40-31 win.
Dyllan Folk scored 15 points - a game high for the Heartland Conference contest - but the rest of his teammates failed to break double digit scoring.
Selinsgrove also won the JV contest, 31-14.
Midd-West travels to Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech today.
Juniata Valley 63, Mount Union 45
ALEXANDRIA - Mount Union came out of the gate strong, but a troubling second quarter allowed Juniata Valley to take control of the Inter-County Conference boys basketball game and cruise to a 63-45 victory Friday.
Mount Union coach Joe Komir said he was pleased with the effort his team put forth despite the outcome.
The Trojans' B.J. Loner led all scorers with 24 points. Trevon Walker added 10.
The Hornets also won the JV game, 41-33.
Mount Union (6-5, 4-1) hosts Williamsburg Monday.
Greenwood 54, Millersburg 42
MILLERSBURG - Adam Harrison scored 18 points and Tyler Fegley 10 as Greenwood topped Millersburg 54-42 in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Friday.
The Indians took a small lead out of the first quarter but were on the down side of an 18-10 second and never managed to get back on track.
"I'm not real sure why, but they were up and they switched to a zone," Greenwood coach Kent Houser said. "We made three 3s in that period and got some good looks. It got us going."
Harrison's total was boosted by a strong night at the line, where he hit 10-of-14. Usually reliable Fegley struggled at the stripe, though, hitting just one of 10 attempts.
"Rough night for him at the foul line," Houser quipped. "He's been shooting them very well but he didn't have the stroke tonight."
Millersburg won the JV game, 45-20.
Greenwood (7-3, 4-2) travels to Lancaster Country Day this afternoon for a boys-girls doubleheader.
Cumberland Valley 51, Mifflin County 45
MECHANICSBURG - Mifflin County only trailed Cumberland Valley 38-37 heading into the final stanza of Friday's boys basketball game, but in the last eight minutes the Huskies were outscored 13-8, resulting in the 51-45 Commonwealth Division loss.
"I thought our defensive effort tonight was great, especially in the last three quarters only giving up 33 points in that time. And also I thought our effort at both ends was there for the whole game; however, you can't have great effort without execution. And unfortunately our execution tonight was mediocre," said Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich, who identified three turnovers within the last 1:44 of the game as crucial to the outcome.
"I thought we got better tonight, but we have to learn to play above all of the factors that are out of our control, and execute on the little things throughout the game," Gingrich continued.
Hunter Wright had a team-high 16 points for the Huskies.
Mifflin County lost the JV game, 45-40. Ross Torquato scored 11 points.
The Huskies (5-6) hosts New Hope Charter today.
Shamokin 42, Midd-West 15
MIDDLEBURG - Shamokin scored one less point in the first quarter than Midd-West managed in the game, as the Indians dominated in a 42-15 Heartland Conference girls basketball win Friday.
The good news for the Mustangs may come down the road - they won the JV game, 31-18.
Midd-West (4-5, 1-4) travels to Halifax Monday.
Mount Union 66, Southern Huntingdon 18
THREE SPRINGS - Mount Union lost three of the first five bouts - and was trailing for the third time - headed into the 195-pound weight class Friday.
Philip Kyle started a trend in that one, and his teammates kept it up - the Trojans won nine straight en route to a 66-18 Inter-County Conference wrestling win in a makeup from Tuesday.
All 14 bouts were six-point decisions; four were forfeits - all by Southern Huntingdon - and the Rockets also suffered an injury default early in the match. The Trojans head to Line Mountain for a tournament today.
Mount Union 90, Southern Huntingdon 12. Pins by Josh Boozel, Evan Fortney, Griffin Scott, Bryce Smith, Zach Smith and Patrick Walker.
Ninth-grade: Cumberland Valley 26, Mifflin County 18. High scorer: Nelson Cook, seven points. Mifflin County travels to Dubois Saturday.