Eye of the storm

LEWISTOWN – It wasn’t just cold outside Saturday.

Inside the gymnasium, the Mifflin County girls basketball team was flattened by a perfect storm when it battled a 14-1 Hollidaysburg team which had no intentions of picking up its second loss of the season against the Huskies.

A first quarter showing of 25-9 set the tempo for the Golden Tigers and they never looked back, rolling to a 85-43 non-league victory over Mifflin County.

“It was a perfect storm for them. They are a great team. They had a great night and we had a bad night. When a great team has a great night and against them you have a poor night, it’s going to add up to 85-43,” Mifflin County coach Kevin Kodish said. ” They are one of the top quad-A teams in the state. You have to be ready to play your best game against them. We didn’t have our best game by far, obviously. The lid was on the basket early.”

Leading the way for Hollidaysburg was inside post player Morgan Griffith, posting 22 hard-fought buckets. Susie Ellis was the team’s answer to the perimeter game, hitting four triples en route to an 18-point showing. Rounding out the double-digit scorers for the Golden Tigers was teammate Hannah Mercer, as she hit from inside and out for a 17-point effort.

As a team, Hollidaysburg roped nine treys from beyond the 3-point line while the Huskies managed only four.

Despite a losing effort, Mifflin County tallied two players in double digits. These two were Olivia Halfpenny and Ashleigh Williams, who finished with a 14 points and 10 points, respectively.

From Hollidaysburg it was a group scoring effort from the beginning, as buckets from Mercer, Courtney Storm and Griffith gave the Golden Tigers a quick 7-0 lead with 5:51 left in the opening period.

With 5:41 showing on the clock, Mifflin County then got its first points of the game on a jumper by Williams, cutting it 7-2.

Michele Muir got the offense going again for Hollidaysburg on the following possession when she hit a long two, starting a 6-0 run and upping Hollidaysburg’s lead 13-2.

Mifflin County rounded out the opening period scoring seven points, ending the quarter with nine, but the Golden Tigers’ defense kept the Huskies from getting many second chance shots off misses and in turn set its offense in motion to the tone of a 25-point effort, taking the 14-point advantage going into the second quarter.

“We talk daily with these kids about playing defense and using our defensive rebounding to work our offense and that’s what we did and it clicked. I feel like we clicked on all cylinders today,” Hollidaysburg coach Deanna Jubeck said. “When you have the outside game and you have the inside game both being effective, it’s hard to defend a team like that.”

In the second, it was much of the same for both teams as the Golden Tigers controlled the tempo and seemed, at times, a step faster than the Huskies.

Hollidaysburg outscored Mifflin County by a 17-8 margin and went into the intermission with a comfortable 42-17 lead.

In the second half, Mifflin County’s scoring production went up but unfortunately so did the Golden Tigers’.

The Huskies combined for a 26-point second half while Hollidaysburg was white hot, tallying another 43 points.

With a 68-28 Hollidaysburg lead going into the final stanza, both teams emptied their benches midway through the quarter.

Mifflin County got a strong effort in the quarter from Tara Kibe, who hit a triple and field goal while the Golden Tigers got a 6-point effort from Amy Tomassetti, who roped two treys in the victory.

Hollidaysburg ups its record to 15-1 while Mifflin County drops to 8-8 on the season. The Huskies will be back in action Tuesday as they host Commonwealth Division foe Chambersburg.

The Golden Tigers were also successful in the junior varsity game, defeating the Huskies, 44-22.