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Gingrich tallies 26 as Huskies top Patriots

LEWISTOWN — Coming off their impressive win against Mechanicsburg on Tuesday, the Mifflin County girls basketball team opened up its second half of the season against the Red Land Patriots, a team which the Huskies defeated earlier in the season “in mercy rule” fashion.

However, this time around the contest was a little closer with the Huskies earning a 57-43 win.

The win was the Huskies’ fourth in a row and puts them 6-1 in conference play.

“That was not a masterpiece by any imagination but we did what we needed to to win and made enough plays to win,” Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said. “The reality of what happened was we came off a big win over Mechanicsburg on Tuesday and no matter how much I talked about it the girls remembered that we mercy ruled them down at Red Land. So it was very difficult to get into their minds to and keep them up knowing what they were up against.

“Any time you hold a team in the 40s it’s good. However, there will be plenty of teachable moments in this game. Fortunately, you like to do that in a win.”

The Huskies offense played a very tidy game, only turning the ball over seven times on the night.

Marrisa Gingrich led all scorers on the night with a 26-point effort along with six steals.

Teammates Mya Aumiller and Kate Knable finished with 11-point and an 10-point efforts, respectively.

Once again Brianna Bodtorf continued to work the boards and finish with 10 rebounds and seven points, despite being in foul trouble late in the contest.

In the first quarter, the Patriots came out and battled as they muscled in 13 points.

But the Huskies were one point better as Gingrich led the offensive attack with eight points in the quarter. Highlighting her first period were two buckets from beyond the arc.

Holding a 14-13 lead going into the second, the Huskies started to stretch out their lead.

After a Red Land’s Kendall Metzel shot in traffic to temporarily take the lead, the Huskies took the ball right down the court and got it to Gingrich in the lane, giving back the lead to the Huskies.

After a Patriot turnover, the Huskies came down and worked the ball around.

Finally, they found an open Gingrich from behind the 3-point line and she sent it home, upping it to a 19-15 ball game.

Red Land cut it to two when sharpshooter Carlee Collier, who finished with 10 points hit a long two with four minutes remaining in the half.

Aumiller got the Huskies scoring started again as she was hacked going up for a shot and hit 1-of-2 from the line.

The Huskies again stopped the Patriot offense and brought the ball down court to add to their lead.

It would be Bodtorf that would get the nod as she hit 2-of-2 from the line after being pushed to the floor.

That would help lead to a Mifflin County run of 9-2 run to end the half.

Going into the half, the Huskies held a 28-19 advantage.

The Huskies came out in the second half and slowly but surely padded their lead as they outscored Red Land 29-24 securing the victory.

“We really appreciate the large crowd we had tonight,” Gingrich said. “We really enjoyed all the wrestlers dressed up for ‘formal night’ and wish them well in their duals Saturday!”

In JV action, the Huskies fell 28-23. Leading scorer for Mifflin County was Amelia Leister with 11.

The Huskies host Milton Hershey today.

Mifflin County 57, Red Land 43

RED LAND

Duffie 2 1-1 5, Co. Collier 0 2-2 2, Ca. Collier 4 2-3 10, Cramer 0 0-0 0, Crumpton 5 2-4 14, Metzel 2 1-2 6, Emlet 0 0-0 0, Laur 0 0-0 0, Sholly 2 2-2 6. Totals 15 10-14 43

3-point goals: Crumpton 2, Metzel.

MIFFLIN COUNTY

Binder 1 0-0 2, Leister 0 0-0 0, Bodtorf 2 3-4 7, Gingrich 10 2-3 26, Knable 3 4-7 10, Pavlova 0 1-2 1, Bodley 0 0-0 0, Aumiller 3 2-4 11, Fike 0 0-0 0, Weaver 0 0-0 0, Prendergast 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 12-20 57.

3-point goals: Gingrich 4, Aumiller 3

Score by quarters

RL 13-6-11-13–43

MC 14-14-13-16–57

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