PORT ROYAL – It was a Senior Night to remember Friday for Molly Arnold, Bethany Saner and Lauren Breon as the Juniata Mennonite girls basketball team posted a giant 46-7 win over Allegheny Christian Athletic Association opponent New Covenant.
“I was pleased with our ball movement. Even some girls who didn’t score did some nice things,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said.
Juniata Mennonite had a 33-5 lead at the half, and only allowed two more points for the young and inexperience New Covenant team through the rest of the game.
Alexis Hahn-Kline had a career- and game-high 16 points.
Juniata Mennonite (7-2, 4-1) hosts Meadowbrook Christian on Monday. The varsity boys will not have a game that night.
Selinsgrove 34, Midd-West 31
SELINSGROVE – Midd-West went scoreless in the second and third quarters of a girls basketball game Friday against Selinsgrove, and that was the difference in the 34-31 loss.
Although Chloe Wagner had a team-high 15 points fo the Mustangs, it wasn’t enough to put Midd-West over the edge for the Heartland Conference win.
In JV action, Selinsgrove took the 17-14 win.
Midd-West hosts Milton Tuesday.
Bellwood-Antis 89, Mount Union 21
BELLWOOD – Mount Union had a lot of turnovers, and Inter-County Conference opponent Bellwood-Antis was unstoppable offensively as the Trojans took an 89-21 girls basketball loss Friday.
The Blue Devils posted 42 points in the first quarter, and it was a deficit the Trojans could never overcome as they scored no more than eight points in a single quarter.
“We had a lot of turnovers. We didn’t play with much heart. That was pretty much the story,” Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said.
The JV match also went to Bellwood-Antis, 47-17. Riley Woodward and Reegan McCaulley led the Trojans with six points apiece.
Mount Union (6-8) hosts West Branch Monday.
New Covenant 52, Juniata Mennonite 31
PORT ROYAL – Juniata Mennonite couldn’t top Allegheny Christian Athletic Association opponent New Covenant Friday, as the locals fell, 52-31.
New Covenant’s Nathan Tice lit up the board for 24 points, while Juniata Mennonite’s usual high scorer Adrian Martin was held to eight.
“Most of his shots were inside the shot. Just little shots, little jumpers. They mostly worked the ball inside all night long,” Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said of Tice.
Juniata Mennonite was led by Kevin Burkholder’s 14 points.
The Lions (1-5, 1-3) travel to Sunbury Christian Tuesday.
Belleville Mennonite’s girls basketball game scheduled for Friday at Johnstown Christian was cancelled, as was Mifflin County’s swim meet at Brookville, which was scheduled for today.
Ninth grade: Hollidaysburg 37, Mifflin County 33; Nelson Cook high scorer with 10.
Eighth grade: Hollidaysburg 42, Mifflin County 36; Carson King high scorer with 23.
Seventh grade: Mifflin County 48, Hollidaysburg 28; Wyatt Henry high scorer with 13.
Mifflin County hosts Altoona on Tuesday.
MILLERSBURG – Behind a pair of career nights by Victoria Varner and Maddie Zendt, Juniata cruised to a 72-31 victory over Millersburg in a Tri-Valley League girls basketball game Wednesday.
Varner, who dropped eight buckets from long range and outscored the team across the Susquehanna single-handedly with a career-best 32 points, was on fire, Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said.
“They were playing a zone and to the credit of her teammates she got a lot of really good passes,” Geedey said. She added that the 24 points from behind the arc may be a school record.
“That’s a crazy night there. I don’t think she’s ever had that many,” Geedey said.
Zendt, who delivered a mere 19 points in the game, was more important for her versatility. She hit from inside and out, and made it a double-double night by pulling 14 rebounds down, too.
“She’s always had a very nice jump shot,” Geedey said. “For her to be able to shoot the threes and finish inside the way she does … I would imagine she’s hard for other teams to defend.”
Juniata came out with 22-point quarters to start the game and to open the second half, key to avoiding problems, Geedey said – especially letting teams get back into games.
“We want to start hard and fast and take it to people right away. That’s kind of our challenge to them each game,” she said. “We also talk about coming out and putting teams away.”
Juniata (11-1, 9-0) hosts rival East Juniata Friday; also on the slate that night is recognition of the Juniata team that won the Tri-Valley League 50 years ago.
Jersey Shore 36, Midd-West 17
JERSEY SHORE – Midd-West had trouble finding the basket, as the Mustangs dropped a Heartland Conference girls basketball game to Jersey Shore Wednesday, 36-17.
Neither team was terribly effective on offense, but the Bulldogs at least got one player in double figures. But Midd-West (5-9) was unable to break five points in a quarter.
Shore also won the JV game, 38-21. Brynn Markley had 21 points for the Mustangs in that one.
MOUNT UNION – Due to a school cancellation Wednesday, Mount Union postponed its home wrestling match with Moshannon Valley to Feb. 2, and its boys basketball game at Glendale to Feb. 12.
Ninth grade: Altoona 38, Mifflin County 37. High scorer, Nelson Cook 18 points.
Eighth grade: Altoona 45, Mifflin County 45. High scorer, Carson King 13 points.
Seventh grade: Mifflin County 33, Altoona 27. High scorer, Wyatt Henry and Nathan Poche, eight points each. Mifflin County travels to Hollidaysburg Monday.