Injury-plagued Huskies lose
Bodtorf scores team-high 10 points for MC
LEWISTOWN — An injury depleted Mifflin County girls basketball team couldn’t overcome cold shooting in the middle quarters, falling 55-43 to Central Dauphin East in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth game on Friday.
The Huskies, playing without injured starters Hannah Aumiller and Emma Yeager, had to deal with leading scorer and rebounder Molly Wagoner battling illness. That, coupled with numerous missed layups and wide-open jumpers spelled the end for Mifflin County.
“We’re a couple players short right now. Hannah (Aumiller) will be back practicing. Whether that means she will be playing next week, I don’t know,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. “Hopefully, this situation with Molly is a short-term thing. It’s a three-game week with Chambersburg here, Harrisburg here and on the road at Cumberland Valley. It doesn’t get any easier. There’s not a lot of room to breathe, but I like the team. They just keep fighting. They’re showing me a lot of character and effort.”
The misses added up, resulting in the Huskies being outscored 32-18 in the second and third quarters. The difference in a ball game where Mifflin County (4-9, 2-6) won the first and fourth quarters by a combined 25-23.
“We had a lot of missed shot opportunities. We’ve been having them. We’re shooting in the mid to upper 20s and that’s not good,” Herto said. “You have to get the best shots you can. We had some good opportunities early and didn’t make them. The big factor tonight was Molly not being healthy. She was very sick. She came and tried to gut it out but she didn’t have any energy. She’s a big loss for us, no doubt about it.”
The Panthers (4-9, 4-4) broke open a 13-13 tie after one, going on a 9-0 run in the second to make it 22-13. Mikayla Wright and Onnie Yates each had four to spark the run.
Mifflin County rallied with with nine unanswered to go into the half down 27-22. Brianna Botdorf had two baskets and Morgan Weston nailed a jumper to close the gap to five. Bodtorf led the Huskies with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Wagoner finished with nine points, seven boards and three blocked shots.
“You have to find ways to win. The other kids came in and battled well. Morgan Weston did a nice job when we put her in there. Mo makes hustle plays for us all the time,” Herto said. “Two youngsters, Mya Aumiller and Kate Knable, came in and made plays. They weren’t afraid to make mistakes. Both came in and gave us some life. Bri Botdorf had a nice game. She played as hard as she could play for 32 minutes and battled all game. She’s a freshman who doesn’t quit and keeps on playing.”
Central Dauphin East came out smoking in the second half, scoring 18 in the third quarter, thanks to the production of Taja Colbert and Yates. The duo combined for six points each as the Panthers won the quarter 18-9 to take a 45-31 advantage into the final frame. Colbert finished with a game-high 18 points, 10 in the second half, while Yates had 15 points. Mykala Wright ended with nine points and eight boards for the visitors.
A 10-0 run by the Panthers early in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach at 55-38.
For Herto, the focus shifts to the second cycle of the Mountain League and keep the fight going.
“We’re getting ready to start our second cycle (in the Commonwealth) and then a non-league game with Williamsport. That’s what we’ve got. We have to be ready to go,” Herto said.
The Husky JV squad upped its record to 11-2 with a 41-32 win over the Panthers. Mya Aumiller led the way with 12 points. Knable finished with 10.
Mifflin County hosts Chambersburg in its pink zone game on Monday.
“We are part of the PA Pink Zone started by former Penn State women’s coach Rene Portland back in 2007. Penn State was the first team to wear pink in a game to raise cancer awareness,” Herto said. “Unfortunately, Portland passed away from cancer a few years ago. We are proud to be a part of it and we hope people will come out in support for a good cause and raise money for cancer awareness.”
Central Dauphin East 55, Mifflin County 43
Taja Colbert 9 0-0 18, Onnie Yates 7 1-4 15, Mikayla Wright 4 0-0 9, Alivia Edmonds 5 0-0 8, Skye Ewings 1 1-4 3, Aaliyah Bradford 1 0-3, Makayla Claggett 0 0-1 0. Totals: 27 2-14 55.
3-point goals: Wright.
Did not score: Sharrice Stokes, Arriana Jones-Copney, Ghana Cornelius.
Fern Silfies 2 0-0 5, Brianna Bodtorf 4 2-5 10, Molly Wagoner 4 1-2 9, Hannah Rittenhouse 1 0-0 3, Morgan Weston 1 0-0 2, Kaitlyn Knable 1 0-2 3, Mya Aumiller 1 3-3 5, Abbie Treaster 1 0-0 3, Lily Yoder 1 0-0 2, Elizabeth Daubert 0 1-2 1. Totals: 16 7-14 43.
3-point goals: Silfies, Rittenhouse, Knable, Treaster.
Did not score: Sarah Shilling.
Score by quarters
Central Dauphin East 13-14-18-10 — 55
Mifflin County 13-9-9-12 –43