From staff reports
MILTON - Juniata Mennonite was trailing early against Meadowbrook Christian, but managed to tie the score in the waning moments of the first period.
On the buzzer, Valarie Meiser dialed long distance for a lead, and the Lions never looked back. With a 45-38 finish in its favor, Juniata Mennonite clinched at least a tie for third in the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association girls basketball standings - and combined with a loss by Northumberland Christian, the Lions are guaranteed a playoff spot.
Whether they will enter the tournament as the No. 2 or No. 3 team depends on both their games against Northumberland; they play Thursday in Northumberland and Friday back home to decide. Juniata Mennonite needs to win one to clinch second place.
Against Meadowbrook, Molly Arnold in the post (19 points) and Valarie Meiser on the baseline (17) did the heavy lifting; prior to a brief stretch where Meiser was hurt, that's been the key for the team offensively. Arnold grabbed nine rebounds, falling just shy of the double-double.
"We've won without them doing a lot," Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser noted. "Tonight it's what they were giving us."
The Lions go into the final stretch at 13-4, 10-2 in the league.
East Juniata 38, Newport 24
COCOLAMUS - Maddie Trego scored 17 points - 14 of those after the half - as East Juniata reversed an early rough start to top Newport, 38-24, in a Tri-Valley League girls basketball game Tuesday,
It was the league finale and senior night for the Tigers.
Newport led after each of the first two quarters, but the home team turned that around quickly coming out of the locker room.
"We made some adjustments at halftime, defensively and offensively," Tigers coach Travis Quici said. "Moving forward, that's what we need to do for two halves."
East Juniata also won the JV game, 41-21.
The Tigers (13-8, 10-6) head to Bellefonte Thursday,
Greenwood 55, Millersburg 48
MILLERSTOWN - Morgan Kauffman scored a team-high15 points and Greenwood dropped Millersburg 55-48 in Tri-Valley League girls basketball action Tuesday.
Kauffman made 13-of-18 free throws, accounting for half of her team's 36 attempts from the line.
Anna Weger supplemented Kauffman's effort from the line, draining three trifectas as a part of her 13 points.
The Wildcats used a 19-point second quarter to jump ahead of Millersburg.
Claysburg-Kimmel 59, Mount Union 46
MOUNT UNION - Clayburg-Kimmel's outside shooting proved too much for Mount Union, which dropped an Inter-County Conference girls basketball contest to the Bulldogs, 59-46.
More than half of the visitors' points came from behind the arc. But the Trojans also suffered from a turnaround as the game wore on - up eight after a 22-point first quarter, Mount Union was in a tie at halftime and scored only three points in the third.
"The second half we just did everything we didn't do in the first half," Trojans coach Jenny Cunningham said. "We had a ton of turnovers in the third quarter."
Mount Union (11-10) finishes at home against Glendale tonight.
Johnstown Christian 46, Belleville Mennonite 40
BELLEVILLE - Mollie Morgan put 23 points on the board - making her two-day total 47 - but she couldn't carry Belleville Mennonite to a win over Johnstown Christian, which took a 46-40 advantage in their girls basketball game.
"The last two nights Mollie Morgan really stepped it up," Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said.
Grace Peachey added 11 points for the Thunder, but Zook said the visitors were able to interrupt her team's flow.
"They pressed us and we weren't able to set up our offense. Even defensively we were lacking," she said. "Overall we just threw the ball away too much."
Belleville Mennonite (2-16) travels to Great Commission Thursday.
Juniata 59, Upper Dauphin 30
MIFFLINTOWN - Carly Burns scored 20 points, leading a trio in double figures as Juniata topped Upper Dauphin 59-30 in a Tri-Valley League girls basketball game Tuesday.
The win ended the TVL season for the Indians with a perfect 16-0 mark.
Danville 56, Midd-West 15
DANVILLE - A pair of Ironmen reached double figures and Danville's defense clamped down on Midd-West as the Mustangs dropped a Heartland Conference girls basketball decision, 56-14.
Brianna Beiler's five-point effort led Midd-West.
In the JV game, Brynn Markley scored 10 in a Mustang loss, 43-24.
East Juniata 61, Millersburg 36
MILLERSBURG - Another game, another record for the East Juniata boys.
The Tigers put away Millersburg 61-36 to end a perfect run in the Tri-Valley League - a first for the program - and then established a new record for wins in a season with No. 20.
"It was their senior night, and I thought playing on the road after playing last night we were a little sluggish early on," East Juniata coach Brock Anders said - although not slow enough to prevent the Tigers from doubling down on the home team in the opening stanza.
Nick Lorenz and Bailey Coder both recorded double-doubles in the game - Coder won the points battle with 30 and grabbed 12 rebounds; Lorenz had 10 assists to go with his 20 points.
Millersburg won the JV game, 61-41.
The Tigers (20-0, 16-0) host Penns Valley Thursday.
Warrior Run 67, Midd-West 56
MIDDLEBURG - Midd-West got good play out of Zach Schrader and Ascher Marks - the two combined for 28 points, half their team's total - but Warrior Run had a pair in the 20s in the way to a 67-56 win in Tuesday's Heartland Conference boys basketball game.
Midd-West made runs at the Defenders, getting as close as a single possession more than once in the second half, but the efforts were always foiled by Lance Peeler and his 21 points, and Zach Burrows' defensive handiwork.
Midd-West had problems of its own.
"We just could not get a rebound to save our lives," Mustangs coach Aaron Ettinger lamented.
Warrior Run also won the JV game, 51-41.
Midd-West (3-16) hosts Mifflinburg today.
Meadowbrook Christian 45, Juniata Mennonite 17
MILTON - Only two players made it into the scorebook for Juniata Mennonite, which suffered a 45-17 setback at Meadowbrook Christian Tuesday.
"It's not surprising. We've had that a couple times this year," Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said. "It all boils down to experience. Guys are not comfortable - they have open looks and they don't take them."
Kevin Burkholder was the Lions' scoring leader with 10. Adrian Martin had the other seven.
Juniata Mennonite (2-13) travels to Northumberland Christian Thursday.
Boys: Mifflin County 77, Tyrone 58
Girls: Tyrone 92.50, Mifflin County 77.50
TYRONE - Mifflin County's boys combined for six individual firsts and won two relays on the way to a 77-58 non-league win over Tyrone in swimming Tuesday.
The girls had a pair of firsts in a 92.5-77.5 loss to the Golden Eagles.
"Tonight was the last regular meet of the season and it was a tremendously competitive meet," Mifflin County coach Amy Houtz said. "The meet was back and forth all night, which made for a great competition environment, especially this late in the season. Coming off of a meet last night, I thought the swimmers performed well and their conditioning has paid off."
Zack Bonson, Drew Kline, Evan Becker and Shane Sennett picked up all the boys' wins. They swam both the medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay; Bonson and Becker added two individual firsts while Kline and Sennett had one each.
Claire Mulkey and Ali McCurdy were the girls winners.
The Huskies head to the Polar Plunge Invitational at Northern York Saturday.
*Ninth grade: Park Forest 33, Mifflin County 32. High scorer, Ryan Walker nine points.
* Eighth grade: Park Forest 42, Mifflin County 34. High scorer, Cade Shoemaker 12 points.
* Seventh grade: Mifflin County 33, Park Forest 31. High scorers, Tyreen Smalley and Eric Shilling 11 points each, Mifflin County travels to Central Mountain today.