HARRISBURG - Mifflin County traded leads with Central Dauphin East in the Huskies' closeout to the Commonwealth Division boys basketball schedule, taking the edge by a point going into the final stanza.
But the shorthanded Huskies just couldn't keep up, falling to the Panthers 48-43 in the Mid-Penn Conference finale for Mifflin County.
"I couldn't have been prouder of the effort of our team tonight. It was our third game in four days and truth be told, we are a little banged up right now," Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said. "But, our guys took on the challenge and came down here with an intensity and will to win and gave a great effort."
If there was a noticeable difference in the game, it was that the Panthers spread the work out, while Mifflin County had to count on key players - although in this game, some of the key players were off the bench. Notable among those was Nate Koller, who put up 11 points and grabbed four rebounds, impressive for a point guard. Hunter Wright had a double-double with 15 points and 16 boards.
"Our role players are very important to us. It's a big change for a role player to have to produce in extended minutes," said Gingrich, noting his team had to at both ends in this game. "I loved their effort."
Mifflin County (9-10, 6-8) hosts Altoona Tuesday.
Mount Union 71, Moshannon Valley 49
HOUTZDALE - Kole House scored 24 points and B.J. Loner 22 as Mount Union used a strong second half on the way to a 71-49 Inter-County Conference win over Moshannon Valley in boys basketball Friday.
The Trojans had the lead all along, but small numbers in the first two stanzas were replaced by a 15-point edge in the third. Mount Union coach Joe Komir said the team played better defense coming out of the locker room, and turned on the offense.
Klayton Heffner also reached doubles with 12 points.
The Trojans added a 33-26 win in the JV game.
Mount Union (10-8, 7-3) host Juniata Valley Monday.
New Covenant 52, Juniata Mennonite 32
MANSFIELD - Adrian Martin put 26 points on the board for Juniata Mennonite, but he couldn't win the game by himself. Mansfield New Covenant took the win at home, 52-32, in the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys basketball game Friday.
Problem was, Martin was the only effective scorer for his team.
"That's it, right there. It boils down to inexperience," Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said. "It's just going to take some time until they recognize things. They just let the game take over."
Caleb Metz grabbed 13 board for the Lions, who fall to 2-10, 2-7 in the league. They host Columbia County Christian Tuesday.
Juniata 73, Line Mountain 42
HERNDON - Victoria Varner scored 22 points including four threes and Juniata thumped Line Mountain 73-42 in a Tri-Valley League girls basketball game Friday night.
Juniata set the pace with a 27-point first quarter with rebounding and transition offense.
"They came out and pressed us," Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said. "We broke the press well and got good shots off of that. We attacked the basket and when we couldn't, we found Victoria for some open threes."
Juniata (15-2, 11-0 TVL) will be at Newport Tuesday night.
Halifax 47, East Juniata 34
HALIFAX - Maddie Trego scored a team-high 10 points, but East Juniata fell 47-34 to Halifax Friday night in a girls Tri-Valley League basketball game.
Halifax, led by Kylee Sorichetti's game-high 16 points, outscored East Juniata 33-19 over the game's final three quarters.
Alana Hicks and Megan Graybill each added eight points for the Tigers.
East Juniata (10-7, 6-5 TVL) will be back in action Thursday at Upper Dauphin.
Juniata Mennonite 47, New Covenant 26
MANSFIELD - Andy Meiser admitted to being nervous when New Covenant, which managed only seven points against his Juniata Mennonite girls basketball team in their first meeting, had a 12-3 lead in the first quarter.
It was even worse, he said, when key starters were seated with foul trouble.
No worries - Lydia Rudy was on the ready with 14 points to carry the Lions to a 47-26 victory.
"It was a really nice character-building win and we had some girls who really stepped up, Lydia especially," Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said.
Molly Arnold added 10 in the win, which puts the Lions at 10-3, 7-2 in the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association. They host Columbia County Christian Tuesday.
Mifflinburg 54, Midd-West 16
MIFFLINBURG - Midd-West was even with Mifflinburg, 12-12, when their Heartland Conference girls basketball game took a turn decidedly against the visiting Mustangs.
Mifflinburg rattled off 37 unanswered points over span of nearly 18 minutes to cinch the 54-16 victory.
In the JV game, Brynn Markley had eight in a 41-23 Wildcat win.
Midd-West falls to 5-13.
* Ninth grade: Mifflin County 58, Central Dauphin East 37. High scorer, Rylie Rittenhouse, 16 points. Mifflin County is 18-0.
* Ninth grade: Central Dauphin East 49, Mifflin County 30. High scorer, Ryan Walker, seven points. Mifflin County hosts Mount Nittany Monday.