From staff reports
COCOLAMUS - East Juniata took what was a close game and blew it wide open in the third quarter, scoring 33 points - while allowing only three - on the way to a 57-28 rout of Newport in Tri-Valley League girls basketball Monday.
"I don't know what I said at halftime, but it worked," quipped East Juniata coach Travis Quici, whose team found the rim from behind the arc six times in the decisive quarter. "(Megan Graybill) just caught on fire in the second half."
Graybill's four treys helped her to a 14-point night, making her the lead scorer. Cassidy Dillman hit three from downtown, which accounted for all of her points.
The Tigers were tied going into the locker room despite shooting only 5-of-34 in the first half. The outcome, along with an earlier win over Newport, were a much needed respite from the three-game slide the team had suffered.
East Juniata (5-3, 3-2) hosts Lancaster Country Day Friday in the nightcap of a boys-girls doubleheader.
Juniata 61, Newport 15
MIFFLINTOWN - If nothing else, it was a chance for somebody new to score.
That's the good news Juniata was able to take from a one-sided girls basketball win over Tri-Valley League opponent Newport Monday, 61-15. Coach Meghan Geedey said it may have been the first varsity points for youngsters Abena Dufie and Cori Jo Ruble, who each had a basket. Victoria Varner led with 19 points and Joelle Winey added 12.
It was a struggle, Geedey said, to avoid being sloppy while at the same time trying not to overplay against the struggling Buffaloes.
Juniata also won the JV game; Rylee Duck scored 14 and Ruble 10.
The Indians (9-1, 7-0) host Halifax Friday in a key league matchup.
Halifax 73, Midd-West 25
HALIFAX - Brianna Beiler scored 10 points but Midd-West fell to Halifax 73-25 in a non-league girls basketball game Monday night.
Kylee Sorichetti scored a game-high 22 points for Halifax, who got out to a quick start with a 22-6 first quarter.
Halifax took the junior varsity contest by a 42-28 score.
Midd-West (4-6) will be in action next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Shikellamy.
Williamsburg 57, Mount Union 52
WILLIAMSBURG - Tynita White's game-high 34 points were not enough to overcome Williamsburg, a 57-52 winner over Mount Union in an Inter-County Conference girls basketball game Monday.
"Tynita had a great game," Trojans coach Jenny Cunningham said.
Cummingham said her team played well after the break, but allowed two many chances - especially from three-point range - in the first half.
"We let them come out and have four threes in the first quarter, and then three threes in the second," she said. "We just let them shoot - they were wide open."
Mount Union (5-6) travels to Moshannon Valley Wednesday.
Meadowbrook Christian 53, Belleville Mennonite 38
MILTON - Meadowbrook Christian hit the gas in the third quarter and never looked back, using an 11-point advantage in the frame to build a 53-38 win over Belleville Mennonite in a boys basketball game Monday.
"We didn't really play bad. We just had a couple two- or three-minute stretches," Thunder coach Larry Kauffman said. "They're a good shooting team."
Sam Morgan (14 points) and Austin Byler (12) each hit double figures for Belleville Mennonite.
The Thunder (2-7) travel to Midd-West Thursday.
Ninth grade: Mifflin County 43, Park Forest 42. High scorer, Nelson Cook 10 points. Trey Dudley had a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.
Eighth grade: Park Forest 43, Mifflin County. High scorer, Cade Shoemaker 17 points.
Seventh grade: Mifflin County 35, Park Forest 23. High scorer, Tyreen Smalley 12 points. Mifflin County hosts Central Dauphin today.