JMS reaches landmark in victory over Crusaders

From staff reports

BEAVER SPRINGS – Although the objective is to score as much as possible each game, scoring was especially important for Juniata Mennonite’s Luke Showers in the Lions’ Tuesday matchup against Allegheny Christian Athletic Association opponent Watsontown.

Just four points shy of the 1,000 point mark, Showers had a goal to reach in the 58-11 win, and it certainly didn’t take him long to achieve that goal.

After hitting a free throw early in the first quarter, Showers lit up the board with a 3-pointer shortly afterward to reach the coveted 1,000 point landmark. Showers is also the first Lion to reach this goal in the 11 years Juniata Mennonite has had a basketball program.

“Any time you have a kid like that who works as hard as Luke does, he deserves it,” Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said.

“I’d love to have five kids on the floor like Luke.”

In the win over the Crusaders, Zimmerman was also pleased with the way his team moved the ball around and stayed sharp, despite the temptation to play sloppy with such a big lead.

“One of the things that I really wanted to work on with the guys tonight was to stay focused and not get sloppy, and we were able to do that,” Zimmerman said, explaining that good ball movement is something his team wants to focus on in its remaining games.

The Lions (10-6, 7-5) get a chance to put themselves to the test Friday when they host league powerhouse Meadowbrook at Cedar Grove Brethren in Christ Church in Port Royal.

Williamsburg 73, Belleville Mennonite 50

BELLEVILLE – The Belleville Mennonite boys basketball team fell to the visitors from Williamsburg Tuesday, 73-50.

The Trojans were within nine points at the break, but Williamsburg stretched its lead in the third and never looked back.

“Williamsburg is a very good team,” Belleville Mennonite coach Doug Snook said. “They have size and experience against larger schools.”

Austin Byler led the way for the Trojans, scoring 23 points while teammate Steven Yoder deposited three shots from behind the arc.

Snook said, despite the score, the effort was there.

“We played hard as a team and the guys had fun playing against a good team,” Snook said.

Belleville Mennonite (3-14) travels to Sunbury Christian Thursday at 6 p.m.

Line Mountain 54, East Juniata 38

COCOLAMUS – East Juniata coach Brock Anders wasn’t sure how his team would respond after a big upset win over Tri-Valley League leader Greenwood in the Tigers’ last game, but unfortunately the boys’ response wasn’t what Anders was looking for.

“We were outplayed emotionally, physically, offensively and defensively in the second and third quarters tonight,” Anders said, citing the Tigers’ offensive troubles in the middle quarters as a major factor in the 54-38 loss.

Nick Lorenz hit a game-high 20 points to lead the Tigers.

In JV action, Line Mountain edged East Juniata, 57-14. Clayton Erhard had a team-high 17 points.

With the loss, East Juniata (15-4, 10-3) can at best tie Greenwood for the TVL title.

The Tigers get back in action today when they host Lancaster Country Day.

Millersburg 48, Juniata 44

MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata nearly knocked off Tri-Valley League foe Millersburg Tuesday but came up just short, falling 48-44.

The second quarter proved to be the turning point when Juniata scored just two points.

“The second quarter killed us,” Juniata coach Nate Geibel said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well at all despite getting some good looks.”

The Indians stepped up on the defensive side of the floor, keeping the team within striking distance.

Geibel said his team made a run in the third, but a buzzer-beating shot from behind the arc by Millersburg thwarted his team’s momentum.

Juniata’s JV squad won its matchup with Millersburg, 58-40

The Indians (2-17) will be back in action at Newport Friday.

Greenwood 73, Halifax 31

MILLERSTOWN – After an upset loss to East Juniata in Greenwood’s last game, the Tri-Valley League boys basketball leaders proved why they are still at the top when they handed Halifax a 73-31 blowout loss Tuesday.

“We moved the ball and shot the ball better tonight,” Greenwood coach Kent Houser said.

In the victory, Greenwood took a 24-4 first-quarter lead, and never looked back.

Adam Harrison finished with a game-high 15 points for Greenwood, and teammate Josh Ferguson recorded 13 points and 11 assists for the double-double. Ferguson also added six rebounds and five steals to his effort.

Greenwood won the JV game, 58-49, and with a varsity record of 17-3, 13-1 gets back in action when it travels to Line Mountain Friday.

Girls basketball

Millersburg 44, Greenwood 33

MILLERSBURG – Greenwood traveled to Millersburg Tuesday with hopes of picking up a Tri-Valley League win, but the Wildcats were shut down, 44-33.

Greenwood started fast, jumping to a three-point first quarter lead but the offense was stagnant the rest of the way, posting just 21 points in the remaining three quarters. Millersburg capitalized on its one-point halftime lead and came out strong in the third, scoring 15.

Mallory Fortenbaugh led the way for Greenwood with 12 points while teammate Hattie Kuhns contributed eight of her own.

The Wildcats (3-17) host Halifax Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Shamokin 36, Midd-West 35

MIDDLEBURG – The Midd-West girls were going neck-and-neck in the fourth quarter with Heartland Conference opponent Shamokin on Tuesday, but after Shamokin made a few opportunities the Mustangs missed, the game tilted in Shamokin’s favor for the 36-35 final.

Both teams made 13 total field goals, but Shamokin edged Midd-West 8-6 from the free throw line.

“Both teams played good defense, both teams struggled offensivley to put it in,” Midd-West coach Dave Fadale said.

Leading the way for Midd-West was Brianna Beiler with 12 points and seven rebounds. Teammate Allie camp trailed Beiler with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Midd-West (7-11) hosts Shikellamy Friday.