JMS on to finals with 30-29 win over Great Commission

JOHNSTOWN – Lauren Breon made a free throw with 20 seconds left and Juniata Mennonite knocked over top-seed Great Commission 30-29 in a girls Allegheny Christian Athletic Association semifinal basketball game Friday.

“Lauren’s free throw was the difference,” Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said. “Lauren Breon, Molly Arnold and Valarie Meiser all made big shots down the stretch.”

Great Commission got the ball back with 11 seconds left, but it couldn’t score, resulting in the Lions’ win.

Breon made a jumper to put Juniata Mennonite ahead before the Eagles returned the favor to set up the game winning free-throw.

Arnold scored a team-high 12 points, thanks to her 10-for-15 effort from the foul line.

“We were just finding seams in their zone,” Meiser said. “Sometimes Molly was getting the call and sometimes she didn’t. We were pretty aggressive though.”

The Lions scored half of their points from the foul line while Great Commission took a goose egg from the line.

“I can’t say enough about the girls,” Meiser said. “They showed a lot of character tonight. The girls were pretty excited.”

Juniata Mennonite (16-5, 11-3 ACAA) will head to the ACAA finals today at 1 p.m. when they take on East Division rival Sunbury Christian at Cambria County Christian.