Four Huskies named Mid-Penn all-stars
LEWISTOWN – Four Mifflin County basketball players were honored by the Mid-Penn conference as all-league selections for the 2013-14 season.
Mifflin County girls player Ashleigh Williams was a second-team pick while Jessa Wright was an honorable mention selection.
“I’m just very proud of both of them,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. “When you have a young kid coming in like Jessa, having to adjust to a new system, it says a lot about both of them. They’ve both had a lot to do with the success we’ve had.”
Williams earned the selection after leading the team in scoring with more than 15 points per game, while delivering about five assists per game and recording more than three steals per game while shooting 43 percent from the field.
“For Ashleigh, her biggest attribute was that she was the one player that teams were trying to stop and she still put those numbers up,” Herto said. “She makes us go. She tried to make plays when there were none.”
The combination of her passing and scoring ability were something that made Williams hard to stop.
For Herto and Williams, the biggest takeaway from her strong senior season was that she may have the opportunity to continue her career at the college level.
“When the season started, she didn’t think she was going to play ball after high school,” Herto said. “I was glad to see over the course of the season that she didn’t want to give up the sport that she loves. She’s going to make someone happy she changed her mind.”
Wright was one of just three sophomores to earn the honor and the only one of the three that didn’t play significant varsity minutes last year.
“For her to take that jump from freshman ball to varsity like that, it says a lot about her,” Herto said.
Wright averaged 14 points per game while grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. She shot 60 percent on 2-pointers and was selected as the sole team captain by the coaches.
“She’s worked really on different parts of her game,” Herto said. “I’m interested to see where she goes from here the next two years.”
Two things that Herto believes set Wright apart from other Mid-Penn players are her work ethic and her competitiveness.
“She’s a joy to coach,” Herto said. “You never have to tell her to work hard. She has an opportunity to be a very special player by the time she’s done.”
Two Mifflin County boys players also were honored by the conference. Forwards Curtis Jerzerick and Hunter Wright both received honorable mentions among Commonwealth Division players.
Jerzerick earned the selection by averaging 13 points and eight rebounds per game despite playing banged up about half of the conference season.
“Curtis has been constant energy for us at both ends of the court this season,” Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said. “He earns everything he gets on the court as an undersized forward.”
Another facet that the Mid-Penn coaches saw in Jerzerick was his leadership and effort.
“Curtis has always led by effort and example as opposed to a vocal leader,” Gingrich said. “I’m sure the coaches saw that they had to earn each possession playing against Curtis.”
As for Wright, he averaged 14.5 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game and strung together five double-doubles toward the end of the season.
“Hunter had one of the better seasons I’ve seen as a coach as far as overall production in the past two seasons in the Mid-Penn,” Gingrich said. “That he was only named honorable mention was a true disservice to his play in the conference. In mine and many people’s opinions there were not many more productive players in the league.”
Gingrich was able to find some solace in Jerzerick and Wright missing the first and second team all-conference.
“The good news for both players is that they (got) to continue their district playoff hopes while many of the players who finished ahead of them (were) sitting at home.”