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Up-tempo Huskies ground Falcons

Gingrich’s return sparks Huskies

Sentinel photo by MATT STRICKER
Sentinel photo by MATT STRICKER Mifflin County’s Marissa Gingrich puts in a layup while guarded by Lower Dauphin’s Katie Weigle.

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County took advantage of a sluggish first quarter by Lower Dauphin and never looked back as the Huskies grounded the Falcons, 54-45, in a Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division girls basketball game Friday night at Mifflin County High School.

Brianna Bodtorf led the Huskies with a game-high 19 points while Marissa Gingrich, Kate Knable and Mya Aumiller each added nine in a solid win over Lower Dauphin.

The Huskies benefitted greatly from the return of Gingrich at the point guard position, as the team’s offense often flows through the young guard.

“I feel really good for our team, I told the players afterwards I felt real calm watching them play tonight,” Huskies coach Roger Herto said.

Bodtorf got rolling in the first quarter, scoring seven of the team’s 10 points in the frame with a three ball from Emma Weaver providing the Huskies only other points.

Mifflin County put heavy pressure on Lower Dauphin, not allowing many easy shots for the Falcons. The Huskies limited the Falcons’ chances and only gave up four points in the quarter.

Mifflin County struggled to get going offensively early in the second quarter as the shots were not falling, allowing Lower Dauphin to take a 15-14 lead at one point in the frame, forcing Herto to call a timeout.

From there, Mifflin County got itself back on track, in large part because of the defensive effort led by Gingrich.

“I saw that there was no question when No. 10 is here we’re a different team,” Herto said. “Marissa sets the table for us on offense and makes things go, Not having her these first two games was difficult, but the kids didn’t make any excuses. They played hard, we got through them and I think got better because of it. But when Marissa’s out there, I can tell you the kids feel more confident, they’re more relaxed.”

In the third quarter, the Huskies got off to a quick 6-0 run forcing the Falcons to call a timeout. Mifflin County stretched the lead to double digits at one point in the period before Lower Dauphin battled its way back.

Both teams gave everything they had in the fourth quarter, as both teams scored their highest points in the game. Any time the Huskies were able to pull ahead, the Falcons responded with a run of their own, but in the end, Mifflin County outscored Lower Dauphin, 18-17 in the fourth quarter.

“Defensively I thought we played well at times, they shot a lot of deep threes that got themselves back into it,” Herto said. “I told the kids before the game if this team can, they would shoot a three every single time.”

The victory gives the Huskies their second of the season in the Keystone and their first over Lower Dauphin. Facing some new challenges in a different division of the Mid-Penn, Herto was pleased with the effort his team has put forth through it’s first three contests.

“Just a really solid win for us,” Herto said. “Every single kid that got in the game contributed to what we were trying to do.”

Lauren Kirsch was the leading scorer for the Falcons with 14 points while Olivia Weigher added another seven points for the game.

The Huskies lost the JV game 30-26 with Amelia Leister scoring a team high of 10 points in the game.

Mifflin County will look to keepy rolling on Monday as the Huskies will welcome Bishop McDevitt in another Keystone matchup.

“Next game will be a real challenge cause Bishop McDevitt is a really good team with State playoff experience and a lot of kids back,” Herto said. “So that should be a whale of a game for us on Monday. I’m anxious to see how we do there.”

Mifflin County 54, Lower Dauphin 45

MIFFLIN COUNTY

Mya Aumiller 3 0-0 9, Marissa Gingrich 3 3-4 9, Kate Knable 1 6-10 9, Hanna Rittenhouse 1 2-4 5, Emma Weaver 1 0-0 3, Brianna Bodtorf 8 1-4 19, Emma Yeager 0 0-2 0. Totals: 17 12-24 54.

3-point goals: Aumiller 3, Knable, Rittenhouse, Weaver, Bodtorf 2.

LOWER DAUPHIN

Lauren Kirsch 5 0-0 15, Jamie Swartz 2 0-0 4, Justyce Hollenbach 1 0-0 3, Katie Weigle 2 1-2 6, Eva Day 2 0-0 6, Lauren Wahlers 2 1-2 5, Olivia Weigher 3 1-3 7. Totals: 17 3-7 45.

3-point goals: Kirsch 4, Hollenbach, Weigle, Day 2.

Did not score: Lauren Hunter.

Score by quarters

Lower Dauphin 4-14-10-17 — 45

Mifflin County 10-14-12-18 — 54

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