LEWISTOWN – The Mifflin County girls basketball team sent its seniors out in style, defeating Mid-Penn Commonwealth opponent Chambersburg on the Huskies Senior night Tuesday.
In the 56-47 victory, the Huskies honored seniors Logan Snyder, Samantha Hendricks, Kylee Cassatt and Olivia Halfpenny. The seniors also did their part for the victory as Snyder, Cassatt and Halfpenny all tallied double figures and Hendricks picked up a field goal.
It was a total team effort offensively as Mifflin County finished with four players in double digit. Leading the way for the Huskies was Halfpenny, who netted 15, while teammates Ashleigh Williams and Snyder both finished with 14 each.
Rounding out the high scorers for Mifflin County was Cassatt, who netted two triples, as did Halfpenny and Williams.
The Lady Trojans were paced by a game-high 17 points from sharpshooting guard Darra Walker. Walker connected on three from beyond the 3-point line while teammate Kaitlyn Rush netted one.
Mifflin County exploded offensively in the first quarter, hitting 18 points in the opening segment.
And the defense played just as tough, limiting Chambersburg’s second chance shots, en route to the 18-10 lead. Halfpenny paced her team in the opening period, scoring seven while Williams posted five.
“That’s super to see four players in double figures. Sam Hendricks got some good minutes tonight and she got a chance to start. She was recovering from an ACL that she tore last January. Sam is a good tennis player and will be playing tennis in college. It was good to see her on senior night get her four minutes,” Mifflin County coach Kevin Kodish said.
After falling by eight, Chambersburg started to rally back in the second and chipped away at the Mifflin County lead.
In the 14-point second quarter, the Lady Trojans got six points from Marshay Ryan, closing the Mifflin County lead to 25-24 at the intermission.
When the second half got underway, the Trojans took the lead for the first and last time when Amanda Bell hit a jumper, making it 26-25 in Chambersburg’s favor.
But the Huskies had an answer as Snyder and Halfpenny combined for 14 points in the Huskies’ 19-point third quarter effort, taking a 44-32 lead going into the final stanza.
Chambersburg was not out of answers, posting a potential comeback early in the fourth quarter, cutting the Mifflin County lead to nine, but the Huskies would not be denied and kept pace with the Trojans in the final minutes.
“We had some lapses in the defensive rebounding. We let them have too many shots at times, but when we had to make the plays, we did,” Kodish said.
In the final minutes, the Huskies went into a ball control offense that took minutes off the clock and forced Chambersburg into fouling and eventually allowing one-and-one opportunities.
Cassatt and Snyder hit 3-of-5 in the final minute, clinching the victory and sending the Huskies to 9-8 overall and 5-7 in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division.
Mifflin County is back in action Friday, traveling to Central Dauphin East and then to State College on Saturday afternoon.