Sheaffer’s 23 points not enough in loss
MIFFLINTOWN — Juniata Mennonite struggled to score against the size and length of Northumberland Christian in its 71-33 loss in an Allegheny Christian Athletic Association girls basketball game Friday night.
“I’m extremely proud with the way our young ladies competed,” Lions coach Jim Tusing said. “That is a fantastic Norry squad and I mean that not only in their play, but they’re a great group of young ladies and they are well coached.”
The Lions got caught up in an intense Northumberland Christian defense as they were unable to get into their offensive sets.
The Warriors capitalized on their opportunities offensively behind the duo of Rebekah Hayner and Emily Garvin carrying the load of the offense in the frame.
Northumberland Christian could have put the game out of reach it in the first quarter, but senior Grace Sheaffer scored all eight Juniata Mennonite points in the first, keeping the Thunder around in the game.
In the second quarter, the Warrior offense got rolling as six different players scored at least a basket in the frame.
Once again, Sheaffer was carrying the load for the Lions for most of the quarter. In fact, another Juniata Mennonite player did not score until late in the quarter when Lindsey Glick made a layup.
Northumberland Christian went into halftime with a 39-21 lead.
“The first half caused us issues with attacking the defense they were putting out,” Tusing said. “It caused us more problems than we had wanted and at that point they had established a comfortable lead. Then it was just (about) trying to (claw) back.”
Sheaffer continued to make her presence felt throughout the second half scoring the majority of the Lions’ points in the final two quarters. Sheaffer led the Lions with 23 points.
“Being her last night on the court with our squad at home, she did what Grace does– competed at the level she is capable of,” Tusing said. “She pulled her teammates along– (doing) what she could to try to provide us what we needed.”
However, Juniata Mennonite was held to just 12 points in the second half while Northumberland Christian scored 32. Emily Garvin led the Warriors with 24 points.
Juniata Mennonite (11-8, 8-5) now awaits to see who it will face in the ACAA playoffs Thursday over at Dubois Christian.
Northumberland Christian 71, Juniata Mennonite 33
Lindsey Glick 1 3-8 5, Grace Sheaffer 8 6-8 23, Emily Sheaffer 0 1-2 1, Annika Martin 1 0-0 3, Erin Sheaffer 0 1-2 1. Totals: 10 11-20 33.
3-point goals: Martin, G.Sheaffer
Did not score: Olivia Tusing, Anna Taylor, Rachael Delancey, Rachel Sheaffer, Abby Varner
Rebekah Hayner 3 0-0 8, Emma Treas 2 0-0 4, Madalyn Bookwalter 2 0-0 4, Kaitlyn Bookwalter 6 3-6 13, Emily Garvin 9 4-6 24, Anna Ulmer 1 0-0 2, Emma Ulmer 2 2-2 6, Bethany Dressler 4 1-1 10. Totals: 28 10-15 71
3-point goals: Hayner 2, Garvin 2, Dressler
Did not score: Kendra Schoeppner, Jenika Krum, Allison Miller, Ellianna Zwatty, Emily McCahan
Score by quarters
Northumberland Christian 16-23-18-14 — 71
Juniata Mennonite 8-13-7-5 — 33