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Herd too much for Huskies

LEWISTOWN — An offensive surge in the second half carried Carlisle over Mifflin County, 70-41 in a Mid-Penn Conference boys basketball action over at Mifflin County Middle school Tuesday night.

“I thought we really executed well in the first half, we were able to control the tempo of the game, we got some good shots,” Huskies’ coach Scott Gaffey said. “I was really proud of how we executed in the first half, and even in the second when we made our run to comeback. You know once they got ahead we had to mix it up defensively, then it got away from us at the end and the score looks worse than it was. I really thought our kids competed, they battled the whole game played really well.”

The Huskies were hanging tough with the Thundering Herd throughout the first half of the game, but anytime Carlisle nailed a big shot, Mifflin County answered with a big shot of its own.

Cole Knable was finding himself sneaking inside the paint early on in the second quarter. The Huskies showed solid ball movement constantly moving the ball around and keeping the Carlisle defense off balance.

“In the first half we were able to get lay ups, drive to the basket and even against their half-court trap we were able to move the ball and we got a ton of open shots where we could have had the lead too,” Gaffey said. “We missed some open jumpers but we really moved the ball well, found the open guy and that kept us in the game.”

The Thundering Herd were able to take the lead heading into the halftime with a 20-18 in large part of the 3-point shooting of Joaquin Ortiz.

Mifflin County came out of the break facing heavy fire from the Carlisle defensem who began pressing the Huskies, forcing them into mistakes leading to fast break points. Carlisle was led by Jeremiah Snyder who scored 12 of his 15 totals points of the game in the quarter Mifflin County was outscored 26-8 and fell behind 46-26 at the end of the third quarter.

But the Huskies refused to give up in the fourth quarter and battled their way back, cutting the lead down to single digits at one point in the quarter, thanks to the shooting of Owen Wise and the hustle plays of Jace Shoemaker.

However the Thundering Herd got an unexpected surge from Anthony Roove, who only had six points through the first three quarters. Roove went off from 3-point range, dropping shot-after-shot, hitting a total of five threes for 15 points in the frame. Roove had 21 points in the game.

“They came out aggressively and we just had a bad 90 seconds to start the second half,” Gaffey said. “It went from being down two to nine to 11 really quickly. Once we found our footing and got use to the full court press we were able to get settled back in and try to make another run, but it definitely hurt us at the start of the second half.”

Wise and Tyler Metz led the way for Mifflin County with each scoring nine points in the game.

Wise along with Cade Penepacker were the high scorers for the Huskies in the JV game with each having 13 points in the 53-45 loss.

Mifflin County falls to (0-11, 0-8) and the Huskies host Chambersburg today at 7:30 p.m.

“Against Chambersburg you have to be ready for a grind because they play such good half court man to man defense,” Gaffey said. “They held Harrisburg to 28 points last night, they held Central Dauphin to 37. They’re really good defensively, they’re well coached, we just got to be ready to go, be sharp and be patience to get good shots against their man to man.”

Carlisle 70, Mifflin County 41

MIFFLIN COUNTY

Tyler Metz 3 3-4 9, Xavier Metz 1 0-0 2, Cole Knable 4 0-0 8, Connor Zimmerman 1 2-2 4, Jace Shoemaker 2 3-5 7, Owen Wise 3 0-0 9, Mark Shilling 0 2-2 2. Totals: 14 10-13 41

3-point goals: Wise 3

Did not score: Cade Penepacker

CARLISLE

Dylan Young 4 0-0 8, Marty Brown 1 0-0 3, Jeremiah Snyder 6 1-2 15, Ezeekai Thomas 1 0-0 2, Joaquin Ortiz 2 0-0 6, Anthony Roove 8 0-0 21, James Barlow 6 3-5 15. Totals: 28 4-7 70

3-point goals: Brown, Snyder 2, Ortiz 2, Roove 5.

Did not score: Cam Lyons, Brenden Lyons, Barry Vasquez

Score by quarters

Carlisle 10-10-26-24 — 70

Mifflin County 8-10-8-15 — 41

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