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Hustle not enough for Huskies in loss

Mifflin County shows heart against Colts

Sentinel photo by MATT STRICKER
Mifflin County’s Jayden Jackson (2) tries to put in a layup under the outstretched arms of of Cedar Cliff’s Tyler Houser, on Thursday, in Lewistown.

LEWISTOWN–Despite all the heart and hustle, Mifflin County struggled to contain the Cedar Cliff offense as the Huskies fell to the Colts by the final score of 64-24 in a Mid-Penn Keystone Division boys basketball game on Thursday.

“They’re that good for a reason. They defend on the ball as good as anybody we’ve seen all season,” Huskies coach Bob Sealy said. “We’re just not there yet. We did play harder in the second half. We want to compete. I always say compete on very play, the score will take care of itself and I thought we did in the second half in some ways.”

The Colts shot out of the gates right from the opening tipoff with continuous ball movement keeping the Mifflin County defense off balance and finding the open shot.

Cedar Cliff got contributions from five different players who scored at least a basket in the first quarter, led by the duo of Ayden Frey and Tyler Houser.

The Huskies struggled offensively throughout the first half as they failed to get into their offensive sets due to heavy pressure from the Cedar Cliff defense.

Even when Mifflin County managed to get inside the paint, they struggled to get a shot off thanks in large part to the size and length of the Colts’ defenders. Mifflin County only netted one basket in the first, which was scored by Jayden Jackson.

The Colts’ solid ball movement carried over into the second quarter, as again, five different players scored at least one basket in the quarter.

However, the Huskies did not slow down their tempo as they began to press onward and got Cedar Cliff into foul trouble. The Colts racked up five fouls in the quarter.

Mifflin County made its free throws count, making three of four at the line.

“They took us right out of our offense. We can’t run many sets when we have trouble,” Sealy said. “When we get the ball at half court they trap and take care of our screen and rolls. We did get it a few times, but it either got blocked or we missed the shot.”

In the third quarter, the heart and hustle continued for Mifflin County despite the struggles with the offense. The Huskies refused to let up on the pressure, eventually getting the shots to fall late in the frame.

Mifflin County showcased a lot of toughness and grit in the final quarter of the game led by Eli Penebaker, CJ Gill and Cole Knable, who were still scrapping and clawing against Cedar Cliff, diving for all possible loose balls that they could go after.

“Like I said, they are so intense and on the ball,” Sealy said. “I told the guys that that’s what you should inspire to be on defense.”

The Huskies fought to outscore the Colts in the final quarter of the game.

Mifflin County was led by Ty Felmlee and Knable who each scored five points in the game. Cade Penepacker and Conner Zimmerman each added four more points for the Huskies.

Frey led the Colts with 18 points for the evening, while Nick Strain dropped 15 and Houser tacked on 11 points.

The Huskies also lost in the JV game 45-36, with Ryan Hine scoring a team high of eight points.

Mifflin County drops to 4-12 and has no time to rest as they look to get back on the winning track today, playing host to Hershey.

“Hershey defensively much like these guys,” Sealy said. “They really get after it, they make you work for everything and hopefully (we) get better down the road.”

Cedar Cliff 64, Mifflin County 24

MIFFLIN COUNTY

Cade Penepacker 1 2-4 4, Jayden Jackson 1 0-0 2, Ty Felmlee 2 0-0 5, Cole Knable 1 3-3 5, Conner Zimmerman 2 0-1 4, Eli Penebaker 0 1-2 1, Owen Wise 1 0-0 3. Totals: 8 6-10 24

3-point goals: Felmlee, Wise

CEDAR CLIFF

Charlie Werner 1 2-2 5, Ayden Frey 7 1-1 18, Jordan Tirado 1 0-0 2, Trenton Smith 3 0-0 7, Nick Strain 6 2-2 15, Justin Houser 2 0-0 4, Tyler Houser 5 1-1 11, Mike Armanini 1 0-0 2. Totals: 26 6-6 64.

3-point goals: Werner, Frey 3, Smith, Strain

Score by quarters

CC 23-19-18-4 – 64

MC 2-9-8-5 – 24

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