Trojans too much for Huskies
Walker scores 11 points for Mifflin County
LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County found itself in a tight game in the opening minutes, but a relentless Chambersburg defense forced countless Husky turnovers that led to easy baskets, as the Trojans ran past the Huskies, 74-45, in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth boys basketball contest Thursday night.
The Huskies (1-11) fought back from a quick 11-4 deficit to tie the game at 17 before the Trojans gathered all of the momentum. Chambersburg outscored the Huskies 57-28 the rest of the way, using multiple baskets in transition to sink Mifflin County.
“That stretch there and them building an 11-point lead by halftime was the difference in the game,” Mifflin County coach Dave Sheetz said. “They had a really good effort pushing the ball inside and I think it wore our guys down.”
In the opening minutes, the Huskies’ Isaiah Collins put on a show, scoring seven points in the first quarter. Collins was also relentless on the boards, grabbing three of his four rebounds in the quarter against Chambersburg forwards who were nearly a foot taller than him.
“The inside presence that they had was strong,” Sheetz said. “They kept doing that and taking advantage of it and that was the difference.”
Mifflin County had no answer for Chambersburg’s Cade Brindle in the first half, as he scored 14 of his game-high 17 points in the half — many of which came on layups after steals. Brindle had five steals in the game.
The Trojans pushed the ball inside early, as Joel Torres scored all six of his points in the opening quarter.
“When you make mistakes offensively, it’s going to lead to runouts and that is always going to hurt you,” Sheetz said. “With the type of team that they have, they finish that. With their ability inside, they’re a really good team.”
The Huskies did catch a break in the first half as Chambersburg’s other forward, Tyler Collier, found himself in foul trouble early in the game, picking up his second foul before the end of the first quarter. He sat for the rest of the half. The Huskies trailed 36-25 at the half after the Trojans finished the first half on a 19-8 run.
After halftime, Mifflin County struggled to contain Collier, as he rushed out to six points in the third quarter. The Huskies struggled to get moving in the third quarter, but senior guard Ryan Walker did knock down a pair of 3-pointers in the frame.
The Huskies were unable to draw closer in the fourth quarter, as Terrell Williams matched Mifflin County with eight points in the stanza.
Walker led Mifflin County with 11 points, while Collins had nine points, four rebounds and three steals. Tyreen Smalley added seven points and five rebounds for the Huskies.
It was a particularly strong night for the Huskies bench, as Tanner Hepner added six points and Drew Westover had five points off the bench.
“We need those guys every night,” Sheetz said of Collins and Hepner. “We need Hepner to come in and knock down shots when he gets them, and we need Isaiah to get to the basket. He really worked hard tonight getting to the rim and fighting for rebounds against guys who were 6-8 and 6-7. He’s done a great job lately and I hope he keeps it up.”
Chambersburg had three players score in double figures — 17 from Brindle, 16 from Williams and 10 from Seth Brouse. Eight players scored for the Trojans in the victory.
Sheetz had high praise for the Trojans — a team he believes is one of the best in the Commonwealth.
“Coming into the season, I thought they were one of the top two teams because of their size and the way they are coached, and how they play,” Sheetz said. “They proved that when they went into Harrisburg and won. They are a very good group and I think they will do very well in the second half of league play.”
The Huskies will return to action Tuesday when they host Carlisle. Sheetz is optimistic that Mifflin County can compete with the Thundering Herd.
“We match up a little better with Carlisle. They have a little more size and speed than us, but it’s not that much different than what we’ve got,” Sheetz said. “I think if we really play well and execute our offense well and keep them from getting out and running, which they do well, if we keep them in the half-court game we can win.”
Chambersburg 74, Mifflin County 45
Cade Brindle 7 2-3 17, Terrell Williams 8 0-0 16, Seth Brouse 4 0-0 10, Tyron Williams 4 1-1 9, Cota Heckman 3 2-3 9, Tyler Collier 3 0-0 6, Joel Torres 3 0-0 6, Keyshawn Jones 0 1-1 1. Totals: 32, 6-7, 74.
3-point goals: Brouse 2, Brindle 2, Heckman.
Did not score: Noah Beidel, Ethan Shreffler, Yiani Harris, Ty Holsopple, Aaron Maynard, Will Harringer.
Ryan Walker 4 0-0 11, Isaiah Collins 4 0-0 9, Tyreen Smalley 3 1-2 7, Tanner Hepner 2 2-2 6, Drew Westover 2 0-0 5, Noah Wright 2 0-1 5, Julian Jackson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18, 3-5, 45.
3-point goals: Walker 3, Wright, Westover, Collins.
Did not score: Dante Scott, Levi Weaver, Nate Poche, Connor Cherry, Xavier Vega, Adam Sheetz.
Score by quarters
Chambersburg: 22-14-23-15 ? 74
Mifflin County: 17-8-12-8 ? 45