Mifflin County handles Wildcats; clinches D6

MILL HALL – To the spoiler goes the victory. Well, something like that.

The Huskies put a 59-17 drubbing on the Wildcats last night. Even though Mifflin County prevented a win for Central Mountain on its senior night, no one had to shout “spoiler alert.”

“I respect the game of basketball and I’ve coached against Lindsey (Rogers) and Kate (Kishbaugh) before when they were great players here (at Central Mountain ),” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. “I told the girls to play hard and respect the game. Our kids did what they had to do. We need to stay sharp because of the games coming up.”

In the two teams’ previous meeting, Mifflin County had a similar outcome, winning 83-17.

“Our first half started out the same way when we played them the first time,” Wildcats coach Lindsey Rogers said. “I saw a lot of my younger girls stepping up tonight.”

Headlining the lopsided game for the Huskies was Breanna Cline. The senior forward was all over the court, scoring in transition, down low or off turnovers.

“Breanna is very athletic,” Herto said. “She’s a little undersized in our league, playing against the type of schools we usually face, but her effort is always there. Breanna brings a lot of energy, every night. You know you’re going to get that from her whether we’re up 40 or down by 40. She’s going to keep playing hard. I really feel good about Bre. She’s certainly a senior we’re going to miss.”

Cline ended the game with 12 points, all of which came in the first half. The Huskies dominated the first half, going into the locker room with 41-point advantage, up 47-6.

This contest was a stark contrast compared to the usual schedule Mifflin County faces. The Mid-Penn Conference offers up more challenges from night to night.

Still, it never hurts to have a big victory coming down the home stretch of the season.

“We have two very important games coming up and we’re getting close to district playoffs. It’s important for us to stay sharp,” Herto said. “We have Altoona and Williamsport to finish up, and then we’ll probably end up meeting State College in the District 6 playoffs.

“There’s a few games we should have had this year and we didn’t. We lost to State College twice in the final minute of the game by three and four points,” he said. “But, we’re probably where we should be and it’s all about how good we’re going to be in two weeks. It comes down to how badly do we want to continue to play.”

Other players who stood out in last night’s game were the Huskies’ Ashleigh Williams, finishing with 14 points, and Taylor Deitrich, who added 10. High scorers for Central Mountain were Katie Parks with 10 points and Mary Monoski with eight.

Mifflin County won the JV game, 49-18.

Mifflin County (11-9), which qualified for the postseason with this win, host Altoona Friday.