COCOLAMUS - The game itself wasn't a barn burner - East Juniata took the Tri-Valley League boys basketball contest 66-26 - but with the win over Lancaster Country Day the Tigers made a few marks in the school record books Friday.
As a team, the Tigers made history when the win marked the quickest berth in school history to the boys basketball district tournament.
As an individual, senior Bailey Coder also earned his laurels with a 16-point effort that placed him among the top ten boys basketball scorers. Coder currently has 851 career points, putting him in ninth place.
"It's a credit to his work ethic and his determination and his leadership throughout his four-year tenure here at East Juniata. It's a great personal accomplishment for him," East Juniata coach Brock Anders said.
Anders credited the team's solid defense - Lancaster Country Day couldn't breach double digit scoring in any of the four quarters - and some nice plays from the bench and role players with the win.
The Tigers' David Brantley had a game-high 17 points.
East Juniata (11-0, 8-0) will host Millersburg today.
Harrisburg Academy 42, Belleville Mennonite 39 (OT)
LEMOYNE - Belleville Mennonite gave up its lead late in the fourth quarter of a boys basketball game against Harrisburg Academy Friday, and it was a move the Thunder later regretted as Harrisburg Academy took the game into overtime, and got the win, 42-39.
"We played well, we missed some shots, missed some foul shots, but overall it was one of the better games we've played," Belleville Mennonite coach Larry Kauffman said, although he said his team never should have let the game go into overtime.
One of the brighter notes for the Thunder was its defensive effort, and Kauffman pointed out that every quarter where Belleville Mennonite had trouble scoring, its defense came through to keep Harrisburg Academy's numbers low as well.
Sam Morgan had a game-high 18 points for the Thunder.
Belleville Mennonite (2-9) hosts Forbes Road Tuesday.
Claysburg-Kimmel 67, Mount Union 66
MOUNT UNION - Kole House scored 21 points for Mount Union, but the Trojans fell 67-66 to Claysburg-Kimmel in an Inter-County Conference boys basketball game Friday.
The Trojans led after the first, second and third quarters, but dropped the final stanza 13-11 to the Bulldogs.
B.J. Loner scored 14 points for Mount Union while Trevon Walker added 12 points.
Mount Union took the junior varsity game, 43-30.
Mount Union (6-8, 4-3 will hit the floor Tuesday when it travels to Glendale.
Greenwood 49, Upper Dauphin 38
MILLERSTOWN - Seth Ferguson scored 14 points and Greenwood won its fifth straight game as it disposed of Upper Dauphin 49-38 in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Friday night.
Ferguson benefited from the Wildcats' improved ball movement to drain two of four 3-pointers for his team.
"I just thought we did a good job of moving the ball," Greenwood coach Kent Houser said. "Just getting the ball to the guy that's open."
The key for the Wildcats lately has been strong defense; they've held four of five opponents under 40 points.
"We've played well over the last week and a half," Houser said. "I think we're really starting to do the things we want to do."
Upper Dauphin won the junior varsity game, 44-25.
Greenwood will look to continue its winning ways Monday at 7:30 p.m. when it goes on the road to face Newport.
Harrisburg 81, Mifflin County 55
HARRISBURG - Despite topping Harrisburg 59-53 earlier in the season, the Mifflin County boys basketball team couldn't notch the sweep over the Cougars Friday, falling in the Commonwealth Division matchup, 81-55.
"Harrisburg played well tonight, and one of our biggest problems in the first half was giving up penetration via the pass, and giving up too many second chance opportunities to them," Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said.
But despite the disappointment of the loss, Gingrich is looking ahead to the postseason, and said the game afforded both teams the opportunity to gain valuable playing time for their starters late into the contest.
Curtis Jerzerick had a team-high 20 points for the Huskies, while teammate Hunter Wright collected 18.
Mifflin County lost the JV game, 57-41. Cade Attick led the Huskies with 18 points.
Mifflin County (6-8, 3-6) has a three-game slate in the coming week - beginning with Tuesday's home game against Carlisle - and Gingrich says the Huskies needs to put Friday's loss behind them to focus on the week ahead.
East Juniata 43, Lancaster Country Day 13
COCOLAMUS - Defense was the key to the win for the East Juniata girls basketball team Friday, as the Tigers steamrolled Tri-Valley League opponent Lancaster Country Day, 43-13.
The Tigers held Lancaster Country Day to just two points through each of the first three quarters, while simultaneously putting up some nice offensive numbers of their own. Kasi Horning led East Juniata with a game-high 10 points, while Caitlin Hoover and Megan Graybill collected seven points apiece.
"We played good defense. That's something that we've really been working on. In our wins, we've had good defense; in our losses we haven't," East Juniata coach Travis Quici said.
East Juniata (6-3, 4-3) will host Greenwood today. The JV game will start at 2 p.m. and the varsity game will be played afterward.
Harrisburg Academy 45, Belleville Mennonite 35
HARRISBURG - Mollie Morgan and Grace Peachey each scored 17 points for Belleville Mennonite, but the Thunder came up on the short end of a 45-35 decision at Harrisburg Academy Friday night.
"They worked very well tonight," Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said of Morgan and Peachey.
Belleville Mennonite hung tough the first three quarters, but Harrisburg Academy used a 12-5 fourth quarter to put away the Thunder.
"The last few games, they've been taking steps forward," Zook said. "I'm excited to see what they do the rest of the season."
Belleville Mennonite (0-10) will be back in action Monday night when it hosts Juniata Mennonite.
Juniata Mennonite School 19, Sunbury Christian 17
PORT ROYAL - Juniata Mennonite didn't exactly light the nets on fire, but it did hand Sunbury Christian its first league loss in three years to pull into a first-place tie with the Eagles in Allegheny Christian Athletic Association standings.
The Lions got a team-high five points from Valarie Meiser and 14 rebounds from Bethany Saner to earn the 19-17 win.
"I couldn't be prouder of these girls," Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said. "They gutted it out."
The Lions won despite scoring two points in the second half and not making a free throw the whole night.
Meiser called the game "probably the strangest game I've every coached."
Saner was the player of the game for the Lions, pulling down double-digit rebounds again from her guard spot.
"They showed a lot of hearts and a lot of guts," Meiser said.
Juniata Mennonite (6-1, 3-1) will be in action again on Monday night when it travels to Belleville Mennonite.
Claysburg-Kimmel 74, Mount Union 32
CLAYSBURG - Tynita White scored 17 points, but Mount Union couldn't keep up with Claysburg-Kimmel, falling 74-32 in an Inter-County Conference girls basketball game Friday night.
Claysburg-Kimmel scored 15 or more points in every quarter.
"We just had a lot of turnovers tonight," Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said.
Mount Union also dropped the junior varsity game ,42-16.
The Trojans will back in action Tuesday night when they host Glendale.