From staff reports
Juniata 63, Lancaster Country Day 24
LANCASTER - The Juniata girls basketball team won its second straight Tri-Valley League title Saturday afternoon in a 63-24 thrashing of Lancaster Country Day.
"Obviously, it feels awesome (to win the TVL title)," Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said. "It feels great for the kids to win back-to-back titles. It's a great accomplishment for them."
Victoria Varner unloaded on the Cougars from behind the arc, making all six of the game's 3-pointers en route to 20 points.
Carly Burns added 13 points for the Indians, who put this one out of reach early with a 20-4 lead after the first quarter that they would continue to build on.
No one scored more than six points for Lancaster Country Day, while six players scored six or more for Juniata.
The Indians (18-2, 15-0 TVL) will host Upper Dauphin in their TVL finale Tuesday night before entering the District 6 Class-AA playoffs.
"First we have to take care of Upper Dauphin Tuesday night," Geedey said. "We are very focused on making a run in the playoffs. I feel we can go as far as our defense and rebounding takes us."
After the Upper Dauphin game, Geedey is exciting to finally get some practice time after a hectic second half of the season.
"We'll use practice time to get better on both ends of the floor." Geedey said. "We'll also try to get better at our offensive execution."
Sunbury Christian 45, Belleville Mennonite 33
BELLEVILLE - Mollie Morgan and Grace Peachey each scored 12 points, but Belleville Mennonite fell to Sunbury Christian 45-33 in a girls basketball game on Saturday.
A rough second quarter where the Thunder were outscored 18-4 cost them, as they two points better than Sunbury Christian the rest of the day.
Morgan and Peachey combined for 10 of Belleville Mennonite's 13 field goals, but they couldn't get enough help to knock off Sunbury Christian.
Sunbury Christian got a game-high 17 points from Torri Erdman.
Belleville Mennonite (1-14) will host Juniata Mennonite today at 6 p.m.
Belleville Mennonite 47, Sunbury Christian 12
BELLEVILLE - Sammy Kauffman celebrated his senior night by scoring 10 points and helping Belleville Mennonite dismantle visiting Sunbury Christian in a boys basketball game Saturday afternoon.
Kauffman, Noah Anders, who scored a game-high 17 points and the Thunder forced the Eagles into a bunch of tough shots, many of which they missed.
"We came out with a lot of energy," Belleville Mennonite coach Larry Kauffman said. "Our defense was really good."
Belleville Mennonite got contributions from everyone after early foul trouble for star guard Noah Anders caused Kauffman to go to the bench early.
"We got some great contributions," Kauffman said. Garrett and Colin played some good, quality minutes off the bench."
Belleville Mennonite (4-12) will make-up a game from earlier in the season on Monday night when they host Forbes Road.
Lancaster Country Day 50, Juniata 46
LANCASTER - Logan Knepp scored 15 points but Juniata fell 50-46 to Lancaster Country Day on Saturday in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game.
Juniata got off to a strong start, but couldn't overcome being doubled up with the middle two quarters.
An 18-point fourth quarter was too little, too late and the Indians fell to the Cougars.
Knepp was joined by Josh Parson in double figures, who scored 13 for Juniata.
Lancaster Country Day got 20 points from Alex Keller and held a major advantage at the free throw line, getting there 21 times to Juniata's four.
Juniata (9-10, 7-9) will close its Tri-Valley League slate when it hosts Millersburg tonight.
Shamokin 56, Midd-West 38
MIDDLEBURG - Ascher Marks drained two threes and scored 10 points for Midd-West, but they dropped a Heartland Athletic Conference boys basketball game 56-38 to Shamokin on Saturday.
A 20-point second quarter gave Shamokin some breathing room, allowing them to head to the lockerooms up 15.
Andrew Karchner chipped in nine points for the Mustangs.
Ten players scored for Shamokin in a total team effort, which was led by Zach Moyer's 10 points.
Shamokin also took the junior varsity game 54-31.
Midd-West host Warrior Run on Tuesday night.
MECHANICSBURG - Most coaches ask for two things from their athletes; effort and improvement.
For the Mifflin County swim team, with only one senior on the roster, those things are very important.
Both Evan Becker and Zach Bonson have improved throughout the season and did so again when they earned the right to swim at the Mid-Penn Championship swim meet at Cumberland Valley High School this weekend.
To qualify, they had to meet very competitive qualifying times and the place in the top-32 times submitted.
Becker placed 14th in the 200 freestyle and improved his time from 1:56.94 to 1:54.73 while Bonson placed 25th and improved his time from 1:59.87 to 1:57.82.
Bonson placed 17th in the 500 freestyle and improved his time from 5:23.31 to 5:15.04.
Becker also took part in the 200 IM where he placed 22nd with a time of 2:11.16.
"They had a wonderful performance in this intensely competitive meet," Mifflin County coach Amy Houtz said.
Becker, Bonson and the rest of the Mifflin County swimmers will compete for the final time this season today, when they host Hollidaysburg.