SCHOLASTIC SPORTS

Highs, lows for Mustang girls

Sentinel photo by PHIL MAPSTONE
Midd-West’s Alyssa Keister, left, looks to pass in the Mustangs’ Heartland Conference basketball game at Central Mountain on Wednesday.

Sentinel photo by PHIL MAPSTONE
Midd-West’s Alyssa Keister, left, looks to pass in the Mustangs’ Heartland Conference basketball game at Central Mountain on Wednesday.

MILL HALL — If you look at the Midd-West girls basketball roster you’ll see a few names scratched out that were expected to be key players for the Mustangs this winter, and at least one midseason call up already on the list.

The team didn’t do well Wednesday, its coach will tell you. But it did well enough — the Mustangs, led by strong foul shooting and a few standouts on the glass were able to stay ahead of Central Mountain, winning the Heartland Conference game 46-32.

On the plus side — besides the final — were Rachel Teats, who has been asked to step in as the leader because of the early departure of Kelli Beiler; Rylee Shawver, whose 8-of-9 at the line contributed to her career-high 12-point night; and Jenna Paige and Gabby Selleck, who grabbed seven boards apiece.

Teats did her job, scoring 21 points and making it a double-double with 13 rebounds. She was 11-of-16 at the charity stripe — an honorable 69 percent.

Shooting, though, was a struggle for both teams. Each team managed only 11 field goals; for the home team, five of those came from Marissa Moyer, the Wildcats’ leading scorer (13 points). Same for Teats. In fact, the real damage was done with free throws — 8-of-14 for the ‘Cats; 24-of-40 for Midd-West (more than respectable at 60 percent).

“We really struggled from the floor tonight shooting 6-of-31 in the first half and 5-of-22 in the second,” Midd-West coach Lisa Wagner explained. “We didn’t play very well at all. We are still trying to find ourselves yet and getting use to playing without Kelli.”

The Mustangs (6-6) host Shikellamy on Saturday.

Midd-West 46, Central Mountain 32

MIDD-WEST

Rylee Shawver 2 8-9 12, Alyssa Keister 2 5-11 9, Zoe Webb 1 0-0 2, Rachel Teats 5 11-16 21, Gabby Selleck 0 0-2 0, Emily Osgood 0 0-2 0, Rayna Paige 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 24-40 46.

Did not score: Jenna Paige, Alexis Walter.

CENTRAL MOUNTAIN

Madyson Smith 2 2-2 6, Morgan Wetzel 0 2-2 2, Taylor Fletcher 2 0-0 4, Talyn Fredericks 0 2-2 2, Madison Courter 2 0-1 4, Katie Burrows 0 0-2 0, Marissa Moyer 5 1-2 13, Quinlynn McCann 0 1-2 1.

3-point goals: Moyer 2.

Score by quarters

Midd-West 8-14-13-11 — 46

Central Mountain 7-8-11-6 — 32

Boys basketball

West Perry 48, Juniata 32

ELLIOTTSBURG — West Perry’s fourth-quarter charge led the Mustangs past Juniata, 48-32, in a non-league boys basketball game Wednesday.

What was a five-point game heading into the final stanza got out of hand when Juniata had to extend its defense, which created opportunities for West Perry.

“We played very good defense,” Juniata coach Al Ream said. “We played well but ran out of gas tonight.”

Ben Lauver’s 17 points led the Indians and the game.

West Perry also won the JV game, 41-34.

Juniata (6-4) hosts Line Mountain Friday.

West Perry 48, Juniata 32

JUNIATA

Devon Nealman 1 0-0 3, Bryce Leonard 3 0-0 8, Ben Lauver 5 5-6 17, Bryson Clark 1 0-1 2, Nate Bodley 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 5-7 32.

3-point goals: Nealman, Leonard 2, Lauver 2.

Did not score: Jamie Bailer, Johnny Jaing, Scott Brosius, Tylor Gomez, Jon Elliott.

WEST PERRY

Ben Smith 4 0-0 10, Ben Moyer 3 0-0 7, Matt Chiccini 1 5-6 7, Josh Rudy 2 1-2 5, Caden Sutch 6 0-1 14, Anthony Kertulis 2 0-0 5. Totals 18 6-9 48.

3-point goals: Smith 2, Moyer, Sutch 2, Kertulis.

Score by quarters

Juniata 8-8-13-3 — 32

West Perry 10-10-14-14 — 48

Southern Huntingdon 58, East Juniata 42

THREE SPRINGS — A trio of East Juniata players pouring the ball into the hoop couldn’t stop Southern Huntingdon, as the Rockets proved to be more efficient from the floor in a 58-42 nonleague win over the Tigers in boys basketball Wednesday.

That was more than true in the first quarter, in which the home team established a 21-0 lead.

Wayne Dressler (15 points) led the Tigers and all scorers; Jon Nace chipped in 113 and Xavier Clement 11 — but only one other player hit from the floor for the visitors. They did win the 3-point battle, dropping eight from outside the arc to the Rockets’ seven.

The JV game went to Southern Huntingdon as well, 55-38.

Southern Huntingdon 58, East Juniata 42

EAST JUNIATA

Jon Nace 5 0-0 13, Xavier Clement 4 0-0 11, Bryce Martin 0 1-2 1, Beau Stuck 1 0-2 2, Wayne Dressler 5 3-7 15. Totals 15 4-11 42.

3-point goals: Nace 3, Clement 3, Dressler 2.

Did not score: Zach Fogle, Nate Losch, Jake Kinzer.

SOUTHERN HUNTINGDON

R.Hamman 3 2-2 9, Snyder 4 2-2 10, Harper 2 0-0 4, Parks 3 1-2 8, Vance 4 0-0 11, Wilson 6 0-1 14, I.Hamman 1 0-0 2.

3-point goals: R.Hamman, Parks, Vance 3, Wilson 2.

Score by quarters

East Juniata 0-13-22-7 — 42

Southern Huntingdon 21-16-14-7 — 58

Junior high

Boys basketball

¯ A-game: Hershey 32, Mifflin County 17. High scorer, Alex Kline five points.

¯ B-game: Hershey 44, Mifflin County 15. High scorer, Ashton Vega eight points.

Girls basketball

¯ A-game: Mifflin County 38, Hershey 14. Mifflin County is 7-0.

¯ B-game: Mifflin County 21, Hershey 6. Mifflin County is 6-1. The Huskies will host Lower Dauphin today.

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