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East Juniata coasts to easy win over Newport

Sentinel photo by MIKE GOSS
East Juniata's Leah Sankey, No. 23, puts up a shot over Newport's No. 25 Mikayliah Haines.

COCOLAMUS–The East Juniata girls basketball team made light work of the Newport Buffaloes in its 53-29 Tri-Valley League win on Monday night.

Leah Sankey and Alyssa Robinson each scored a team-high 10 points in the victory, while Thea Neimond played the facilitator role, dishing out seven assists.

“I’m happy. Anytime you get a league win against a team that you know–and they know you, you’re a happy camper,” Tigers’ coach Travis Quici said.

The game started with each offense struggling to put the ball in the basket. There was no score until the four-minute mark when a Paris Feltman free throw put the Tigers on the board. East Juniata began the quarter on a 5-0 run in the low-scoring first quarter.

With the offense struggling, the Tigers’ defense was nearly perfect. They ran a very successful full-court press, which resulted in many turnovers and got in the face of the Newport offense, not allowing a shot to go uncontested.

After the first quarter, East Juniata led 7-2.

The Tigers’ all but put the game out of reach after their offense came to life. Their defense stayed consitent, allowing just five points in the quarter, but their offense switched schemes and attacked Newport down in the paint. East Juniata held a clear height advantage and worked the ball inside instead of settling for mid-range jump shots.

“We kind of knew coming in that they were not a real big team, physically,” Quici said. “We were 0-for at the 3-point line, which is not our style at all. We make 4 or 5 threes a game. “We attacked, we kind of got the shots we wanted inside the zone. ”

Cypress Feltman came off of the bench and provided a much-needed spark and scored five points in the quarter. Six different Tigers scored in the second quarter as the offense racked up 18 points, taking a healthy 25-7 lead into halftime.

“We did everything we wanted to defensively in the first half. We really challenged the girls to step up,” Quici said. “I felt offensively, in the first half, we still left some points on the board.”

East Juniata’s offensive groove was not halted by the intermission as they played the third quarter just as efficiently as the second.

Clarye Guyer scored seven of her nine points in the third, while Robinson scored six of her 10 to give the Tigers a more than comfortable lead. This allowed Quici to play his junior varsity players, who did a solid job playing against the Newport starters.

With the younger players in, the Tigers coasted to a 53-29 win, ending an all-around impressive game for the East Juniata girls.

“You want your team to play well no matter who you’re playing,” Quici said. “Whether you’re playing the best team in the league or the worst team on the schedule, it doesn’t matter. You expect your kids to come out and execute and play well. And I thought we did that at times tonight.”

East Juniata (7-4 overall, 5-2 league) returns to action Friday at Millersburg.

East Juniata 53, Newport 29

NEWPORT

Payton Splain 4 0-0 9, Claire Weidenhammer 3 0-1 7, Emily Kline 2 0-2 4, Amiyah Priebe 1 0-0 3, Carter Buffington 1 0-0 2, Lillie Harris 1 0-0 2, Hazel Miller 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 0-6 29.

3-point goals: Buffington, Weidenhammer, Splain.

Did not score: Bryanna Kuhn.

EAST JUNIATA

Alyssa Robinson 5 0-2 10, Leah Sankey 5 0-0 10, Clarye Guyer 4 1-2 9, Cypress Feltman 3 3-3 9, Paris Feltman 1 2-4 4, Amara Brubaker 2 0-0 4, Grace Hibbs 1 1-2 3, Thea Neimond 1 0-2 2, Lexie Stuck 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 8-17 53.

Did not score: Isabel Naylor, Marissa Coudriet.

Newport: 2-5-11-11 29

East Juniata 7-18-19-9 53

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