East Juniata girls top Line Mountain, qualify for districts

From staff reports

COCOLAMUS – When Lauren Maguire hit the shot late in the fourth quarter Thursday to put the East Juniata girls up for good over Tri-Valley League opponent Line Mountain, she did more than just seal East Juniata’s 37-34 win. With the shot, Maguire also helped the Tigers get win number 11 – which is exactly how many the Tigers needed to qualifiy for District 4 playoffs.

“It’s nice to get in. It’s the first time we’ve earned it in four years,” East Juniata coach Travis Quici said.

In the contest, East Juniata put up 13 in the first quarter for a five-point lead, but struggled with shooting the remainder of the game.

This struggle allowed Line Mountain to keep pace with the Tigers for most of the game – the score was 29-26 in the Tigers’ favor going into the fourth – and Quici said he wants his team to focus on improving its offense as it prepares for district play.

“We’ll stay positive, keep working and see where we end up,” he said.

Leading the way for East Juniata was Kasi Horning, who finished the night with eight.

In the JV matchup, East Juniata edged Line Mountain, 29-15.

The Tigers (11-9, 9-7) look to notch another win Monday when they host TVL opponent Greenwood.

Girls basketball

Halifax 46, Greenwood 34

MILLERSTOWN – Hattie Kuhns put up 11 for Greenwood and teammate Emily Fisher contributed 10, but the locals still fell to Halifax Thursday night in the Tri-Valley League girls basketball contest.

Greenwood trailed 14-5 at the end of the first quarter, and Halifax just kept piling on the points as the game progressed to its eventual 46-34 final.

Halifax’s Kylee Sorichetti and Tess Kieffer tied for the game-high score with 11.

Greenwood travels to East Juniata on Monday.

Boys basketball

Sunbury Christian 37, Belleville Mennonite 23

SUNBURY – The boys from Belleville Mennonite headed into the rematch with Sunbury Christian with high hopes after knocking off the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association foe two weeks ago, but the Trojans struggled to find the bottom of the net and fell 37-23 Thursday in a road contest.

“We shot about 23 percent from the floor,” Belleville Mennonite coach Doug Snook said. “We had a lot of good looks but couldn’t get anything to fall.

Despite a thin bench, the Trojans scrapped on the defensive side of the ball to hold the Eagles to 10 or fewer points in three of the four quarters.

Noah Anders led the way for the Trojans with 12 points, nine coming from beyond the arc.

The Trojans (3-15) are on the road again Monday at Cambria County.

Junior high

Boys basketball

9th grade: Altoona 50, Mifflin County 35. High scorer Cade Attick 15 points.

8th grade: Mifflin County 33, Altoona 32. High scorer Nelson Cook 14 points.

7th grade: Altoona 56, Mifflin County 29. High scorer Drew Westover 10 points.

Mifflin County travels to Central Mountain today.