Halfpenny gets Feathers

LEWISTOWN – To say it was nice for senior Olivia Halfpenny to win the Jenna Feathers award as a cap to her outstanding final year on the basketball court would be an understatement.

In her final year, Halfpenny reached the 1,000-point mark and regularly led the Huskies in scoring with her double-digit efforts, so when she accepted the award Thursday night at the Meet the Huskies event held in Mifflin County High School, it was just one more feather in her already accomplishment-laden career.

“I’ve been working for it for a long time, and it’s really nice to win it,” Halfpenny said.

But in Halfpenny’s case, the award was more than just a recognition of her accomplishments. Halfpenny explained that she is close with Steve and Sue Feathers, parents of the late Jenna Feathers, so Halfpenny found it “nice to win it for them, too.”

“Olivia has worked her whole life for this,” Mifflin County coach Kevin Kodish said. “It’s just a great cap on her career. I describe her as a basketball junkie, because that’s what she is. She loves to be in the gym, she loves to shoot, she loves to play ball and she really worked on her conditioning this offseason, and that paid off. She knew that the competition was going to be a lot steeper this year, and she had a great season. There’s not many more players out there that are better pure shooters than she is.”

Junior Ashleigh Williams and senior Logan Snyder, who won the award the past two years, were first and second runners-up, respectively, after Halfpenny.

Kodish gave credit to all three of the girls for their strong season, complimenting Williams on her abilities as the Huskys’ primary ball handler and Snyder on the way she fought back from injury to still be a big contributor to the team.

In fact, between Halfpenny, Williams and Snyder, the Huskies could really put up the points, and Halfpenny was aware of the contributions the other two made in that effort.

“We knew coming in that a lot of the games we were going to be playing would be tough ones. We knew that we kind of had the team on the back and carry us,” she said.

After graduation, Halfpenny plans to go to Juniata College where she will continue her basketball career.

The Jenna Feathers Award is given out annually by Merf Radio to Mifflin County’s top girls basketball player. The award is voted on by local sports media, including The Sentinel. The award is named after former Lewistown player Jenna Feathers.