Mifflin County tops Chambersburg

LEWISTOWN -Mifflin County moved closer to the .500 mark Saturday when the Huskies overpowered visiting Chambersburg in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division showdown at the Mifflin County Gym.

After rolling to an early 12-2 lead, the Huskies fought off a Trojans second half rally to hold onto a 67-49 victory. With the win, Mifflin County improves to 2-4 in the Mid-Penn and 4-5 overall.

Leading the way for Mifflin County was Breanna Cline who netted a team-high 16 points. Teammates Jessa Wright, Rebeka Knable and Maggie Wilson all finished the day in double figures with a 15, 13 and 11-point efforts in the victory.

Mifflin County coach Roger Herto was happy with the effort but knows that his team has not shown him all that the team is capable of.

“I told the girls it certainly wasn’t an A-game more like a B-minus. But it showed we haven’t been on the floor consistently here because the holiday break, the snow day. We didn’t get as many practices in as we’d like to and we played likewise.”Herto said. “We played well in spurts today. We were good enough that two or three spurts was enough. Two or three spurts separated us to where the game was comfortable.”

Coming out of the intermission, Chambersburg upped the tempo and fought back into the contest.

Trailing 32-22 at the half, the Trojans cut the double-digit lead to as low as six when they got buckets from Claire Jacobs and Lindsay Embly.

Jacobs, who finished the game with six points, made a jumper and was fouled on the play, cutting the lead to 32-24, despite missing the free throw.

After a Huskies’ turnover, Embly grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the put back, trimming the deficit to six.

Leading the way offensively for Chambersburg was Jennifer Grove with a game-high 18-point effort.

“Again for the second game in a row defensively, if you look at a shot chart. Of their 49, I am going to guess 40 or more were right at the hoop, right inside the paint. That is just not good defense. Their team got into the paint way too easily tonight,” Herto said. “Like I told the kids it wasn’t one of our best wins but an 18-point win we’re going to celebrate. Right now 10 points coming into this game was the difference from us being 6-2 or 3-5. We’re talking a few possession here or there.”

Mifflin County got off to a strong start, racing out to a 12-2 lead to get things started. Defensively, the Huskies held the Trojans to just six points in the first period en route to the 18-6 first quarter advantage.

Cline and Knable led the Mifflin County scoring in the second quarter with a 6-point efforts. Embly scored seven in the period for the Trojans.

Chambersburg bounced back a little in the second quarter, outscoring Mifflin County 16-14, trailing by 10 at the intermission.

Despite the early run by the Trojans, the Huskies lead was never in danger as they outscored Chambersburg 35-26 in the second half.

Wright was the teams leading scorer in the second half, netting two triples and a 11-point effort while teammate Maggie Wilson scored nine of her 11 points in the second half.

In junior varsity action, the Huskies also picked up a hard fought victory downing the Trojans 59-34.

Mifflin County will take the floor next on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Central Dauphin East.