From staff reports
BEAVER SPRINGS - Juniata Mennonite excised a demon from a year ago and got a step closer to the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association playoffs when the Lions girls dished a 55-46 loss to Columbia County Christian Tuesday.
Columbia County ousted Juniata Mennonite from playoff contention a year ago. The Lions now can clinch a spot with wins in two of their last four games.
Lions coach Andy Meiser said it was "easily the best game we've played all year. It was a tremendous team effort."
His team had to contend with an opponent that wanted back into a game it trailed by eight heading to the final stanza, one that got a boost from strong 3-point shooting down the stretch. But Juniata Mennonite, which was being fouled heavily, was 15-of-21 from the stripe in the final frame to stay in it.
"The line has not been our friend," Meiser said. "We just kept trading three for two."
The Lions also saw three players in double figures: Molly Arnold (16), Alexis Hahn-Kline (13) and Bethany Saner (10), while Lauren Breon delivered five assists, contributing to Meiser's "whole team" assessment.
Juniata Mennonite (11-3, 8-2) hosts Walnut Street Christian Friday.
East Juniata 38,
MILLERSBURG - Alana Hicks scored a game-high 11 points and East Juniata suffocated Millersburg defensively38-18 to win their Tri-Valley League girls basketball game.
"Alana played well tonight," East Juniata coach Travis Quici said. "We gave her a chance to have the ball in her hands to make some plays."
Megan Graybill drained the game's only 3-pointers.
East Juniata lead 23-8 at the half and continued to build on that advantage.
The Tigers (10-8, 7-6 TVL) will take the floor again Thursday at Upper Dauphin.
Mount Union 47,
Juniata Valley 40
THREE SPRINGS - Three Mount Union players score in double figures to drive the Trojans over Juniata Valley, 47-40, in an Inter-County Conference girls basketball game Tuesday.
Tynita White led the attack with 17.
Mount Union is 9-9.
Juniata 69, Newport 30
NEWPORT - Juniata had its own fab five on Tuesday - five players scored in double figures as the Indians put away Newport, 69-30, in a Tri-Valley League girls basketball game.
Juniata improves to 16-2.
Mount Union 61,
Juniata Valley 43
MOUNT UNION - Kole House hit for from three-point land on the way to 19 points, making him the top scorer in Mount Union's 61-43 win over Juniata Valley Tuesday.
But he wasn't the only one who had a big night for the Trojans in the Inter-County Conference boys basketball game. Klayton Heffner added 18 (three threes) and Trevon Walker put 15 points on the board as the home team dominated the contest.
Mount Union coach Joe Komir attributed the win to defensive play, a big improvement, he said, over the Trojans' last outing - but noted there was still room for improvement, as Mount Union started 0-for-8 at the line and finished with only 10 completions in 27 tries.
A 7-0 run opened the game and Mount Union never trailed.
The Trojans (11-8, 8-3) travel to Williamsburg Thursday.
Columbia County Christian 45,
Juniata Mennonite 30
BEAVER SPRINGS - Ethan Funk's height advantage delivered 15 points for Columbia County Christian, also the difference in the final score as the visitors topped Juniata Mennonite 45-30 in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association boys basketball game Tuesday.
"(They beat us) inside the paint - that's where they get most of their baskets against us," Lions coach Dennis Zimmerman said. "We just have nobody that can match up against Ethan Funk."
Funk stands 6-2, about four inches over the biggest Juniata Mennonite player, he said.
Kevin Burkholder matched Funk's scoring for the Lions.
Juniata Mennonite (2-10) host Walnut Street Christian Friday.
Mount Union 55,
Central Cambria 12
EBENSBURG - After four bouts, Central Cambria and Mount Union were tied in their non-league wrestling match Tuesday.
And then Mount Union won out. The Trojans pinned their way through the upper weights on the way to a 55-12 victory.
Sage Moist (120) and Jake Boozel (126) had the early falls that Central Cambria was able to match. A trio of decisions and a Dylan Smith major set up the end run, in which Mount Union flattened five straight.
*Ninth grade: Mifflin County 62, Williamsport 17. High scorers, Bryn Ferguson and Ericka Lepley, 11 points each. The Huskies are 19-0.
Due to projected inclement weather, two games were postponed on Tuesday.
Mifflin County's boys basketball game against Altoona will be played Feb. 18. The Huskies' swim meet against Hollidaysburg was moved to Feb. 10.