Mifflin County boys fall to Little Lions
LEWISTOWN – Question: When is a regular season game a post-season contest?
Answer: Tonight’s game in Hollidaysburg when the Mifflin County Huskies play their final regular season game of the 2012-13 season.
Mifflin County must defeat Hollidaysburg to advance into the District 6 AAAA playoffs, as according to Mifflin County school district policy, it must have a .500 record against other District 6 teams to enter the district tournament.
Currently, Mifflin County has a 2-3 mark including Monday night’s heart breaking loss to State College, 71-68.
It marked the last Mid-Penn game of the year for both teams. State College finished four games behind Commonwealth Division winner Harrisburg (14-0) with a 10-4 record.
Meanwhile, Mifflin County finished with a 2-12 record and now has an overall mark of 8-13. State College is now 14-7.
The last quarter came down to a foul shooting contest. State College was 15-for-19, while Mifflin County was eight-for-nine.
With 2:31 left in the last period, John Michael Maclay scored a basket and then completed a three point play with a foul shot giving the Huskies a 66-61 lead.
But then the well went dry and Maclay was the only Mifflin County player to score the rest of the game as he made a layup with 21.6 left, cutting the State College lead to one point.
However, with 17 seconds left, Bryan Sekunda made two of his 10 free throws that he got in the last period giving the Little Lions a 71-68 lead.
Curtis Jerzerick took the last shot for Mifflin County as time ran down, but it was from way out and didn’t go in.
“It was a great high school basketball game,” Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said. “Both teams played extremely hard and both teams made good plays and bad plays. Unfortunately State College made one more play than we did tonight.”
In the first meeting between the two teams, State College shot the lights out from three land to beat Mifflin County, 71-47.
In Monday’s contest, State College’s Kanaskie popped in his three at the 1:03 mark giving State College the lead 67-66. Then Sekunda made two of his many free throws making it 69-66. Maclay then got a layup, but the State College defense made sure he wasn’t fouled going in and it was a one-point game.
But, Sekunda got fouled again and his two clutch free throws made it a three-point margin with just seconds left on the clock.
Gingrich was not upset and was ready to get on the bus and head to Hollidaysburg.
“Our effort was great tonight,” Gingrich said. “But mistakes happen in all games. Tonight, I thought, we exhibited the next play mentality. The difference in this game was that we found their three-point shooters. State College was apparently able to draw fouls in the fourth quarter.”
Usually, Mifflin County has two scorers in double figures, Curtis Jerzerick and Seth Wagner.
But on Monday, Mifflin County found a third scorer in Hunter Wright. The junior had 15 points and he owned the second quarter as he scored 11 of those points giving Mifflin County a 34-33 lead at halftime.
“Hunter played extremely well tonight,” Gingrich said. “He was very aggressive and that is the way he needs to be every night.”
However, the big gun for Mifflin County was Wagner. The 6-7 senior finished with 29 points. He was 10-for-13 from the line and made a big three-point shot at the buzzer to end the third period with a 48-47 Husky lead.
Mifflin County had eight players score with Maclay getting seven. Cy Treaster finished with four points and Evan Seby, the sophomore sharp shooter, tossed in a three late in the second period. Jared Michaels had a bucket early for the Huskies.
In JV action, Mifflin County defeated State College, 55-46. Blake Hunter and Jack Packer led Mifflin County with 10 points each.
NOTES: It was senior night as six seniors Ryan Sweeney, Kyle Marker, Zach James, Wagner, Treaster and Louis Jerzerick were honored…Also honored Monday night were seniors from the wrestling team and the cheerleaders…State College’s Kyle Kenaskie’s father (Kurt) is now an assistant coach at Virginia Tech…Wagner now has 1,062 points and is 23rd on the all-time Mifflin County list…Two other 1,000 point scorers were in attendance other then coaches Aaron Gringrich and Steven DeArment. They were Scott Kochenderfer and Dick Gingrich.