From staff reports
ELIZABETHVILLE - Upper Dauphin hung with East Juniata stride for stride through the first quarter of their Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Monday, with the Trojans holding a slim two-point lead after the first eight minutes.
That didn't last long. The Tigers outscored Upper Dauphin by 21 across the middle of the game, posting a 73-62 victory when it was over.
It was a big one for East Juniata's coach - Brock Anders has won just twice in the Upper Dauphin gym since taking the Tigers' reins. And it didn't look good with the rough first quarter.
"Upper Dauphin probably played their best first quarter in a long time. They shot really well," Anders said - but East Juniata got the most from its senior leaders, Nick Lorenz and Bailey Coder. "I thought we battled back hard in the second quarter and played some amazing defense."
The Trojans were fueled in the opening stanza by Matt Miller, but 16 of his team-high 18 points came before the break, and Upper Dauphin couldn't make its own adjustments to account for East Juniata changes.
And they definitely had no answer for Lorenz (28 points) or Coder (22), who simply dominated the court.
"Its outstanding to have two scorers, one inside and one outside," Anders said. "It's nice to watch them perform."
Add David Brantley's 15-point night - including 4-for-4 at the line - and it's easy to see why the Tigers are the league's top team.
"We had some good contributions with some guys down the stretch (at the stripe)," Anders said. "We left some out there even in the fourth quarter."
Upper Dauphin tempered the joy with a JV win.
East Juniata (13-0. 10-0) heads to Midd-West Wednesday.
Newport 43 (OT)
NEWPORT - Greenwood's first-quarter success was matched by Newport's second-period comeback, and the Tri-Valley League boys contest stayed close to the end - in overtime.
Greenwood had the advantage, 46-43, when it was over.
"We just stopped being aggressive. We let them get behind us a couple times on fast breaks," Greenwood coach Kent Houser said.
That, and it's a rivalry game, paced by Newport's athleticism and solid matchups in personnel, he said.
"It's Newport, it's going to be a tough game," Houser said. "I knew they would come out and play with some enthusiasm."
Greenwood also won the JV game, 32-22.
The Wildcats (12-3, 9-2) host Juniata Thursday.
Girls: Mifflin County 114, Central Mountain 35
Boys: Central Mountain 84, Mifflin County 57
MILL HALL - Allison Besch won two individual events and was part of two winning relays, setting the pace for the Mifflin County girls in a 114-35 non-league win over Central Mountain in swimming Monday.
Evan Becker's three firsts led the boys, who slipped to the Wildcats, 84-57.
"The swimmers had an amazing night," Mifflin County coach Amy Houtz said. "The girls won their meet, which was so great to see after all of their hard work throughout the season. The boys were neck and neck all night but fell short in the end."
Besch won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races, and was in the 400 free relays and medley relay. Ali McCurdy was in both of those relays and also took first in the 100 breaststroke.
Becker took the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley while swimming on the 400 freestyle relay. Zack Bonson was on the same relay and added a first in the 200 freestyle.
Including relays, the Huskies captured a dozen firsts - eight of those in the girls meet - along with 11 seconds and another 12 third.
Mifflin County hosts Central Dauphin and Central Dauphin East Thursday.
Eighth grade: Huntingdon 33, Mifflin County 19. High scorers, Carson King and Aaron Wagner, six points each.
Seventh grade: Huntingdon 26, Mifflin County 25. High scorer, Mitchell Stauffer eight points. Mifflin County hosts Altoona Wednesday.