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Huskies roll past Milton Hershey, 71-39

MC puts 4 in double figures in victory

Sentinel photo by BOB HOCKENBROCK
Mifflin County’s Kate Knable, left, lays the ball up for a bucket in transition against Milton Hershey’s Madison Luka, Saturday in Lewistown.

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County girls basketball team got off and running early and used its success on defense to burn Milton Hershey on the fast break, as a big opening half carried the Huskies to a dominant 71-39 victory over the Spartans on Saturday night at Mifflin County High School in a Mid-Penn Keystone Division contest.

The Huskies (8-4, 7-1 Keystone) began the night on an 11-0 run, as Marissa Gingrich, Bri Bodtorf and Kate Knable scored early and often to help power Mifflin County. Gingrich and Bodtorf each scored a game-high 19 points, while Knable and Mya Aumiller had 14 points and 11 points, respectively, in the blowout victory.

Mifflin County forced Milton Hershey (0-10, 0-7 Keystone) into countless mistakes in building a big lead, using 17 steals to create an insurmountable lead. The Huskies committed just five turnovers themselves on the evening.

Rebounding played a big part in starting the fast break, as Gingrich often grabbed a defensive rebound and fired an outlet pass ahead to Knable or Bodtorf for an easy basket as Milton Hershey struggled to contain Mifflin County’s speed in transition.

“Obviously when you are able to win like that and score like we did, we did a lot of good things,” Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said. “I thought we did a good job on the defensive boards and that helped lead to some fast break opportunities. They obviously have a very big team with (Molli Hogbin) inside, who has improved a lot in the last two seasons. I thought that Emma Weaver, Bri Bodtorf and Tessa Pavlova did a solid job of denying her an entry pass and pushing her left when the game was in question.”

Mifflin County built an 11-0 lead, as Bodtorf hit a layup to start the game on a 7-0 run. Bodtorf later stole the ball and fired a pass ahead to Knable for an easy layup to push the advantage to 9-0 with 6:07 left in the opening quarter. Knable hit another layup on the next possession to extend the lead to 11-0 before Milton Hershey finally scored.

An Emma Weaver assist on a Marissa Gingrich 3-pointer and a nice pass from Bodtorf to Tessa Pavlova at the end of the first quarter gave the Huskies a 17-point first-quarter lead with seven seconds left before the Spartans’ Ediany Gonzalez hit a buzzer-beating three to leave the deficit at 14 points.

Milton Hershey never really drew much closer, as an 8-0 run to begin the second quarter by the Spartans was countered with a 20-6 run by the Huskies, before Mifflin County pushed the lead to 27 after three and eventually pushed the game into the mercy rule in the fourth quarter.

The Huskies surrendered just five points in the fourth quarter to put the game away, as Milton Hershey committed 21 turnovers on the night.

Bodtorf scored 19 points and led the Huskies with nine rebounds while also recording four assists and three steals. Gingrich had 19 points as well and had seven rebounds and a team-high seven assists to go along with three steals.

Knable scored 14 points and had a team-high five steals. Emma Weaver had five assists and five rebounds on the evening. Mifflin County had 22 assists on 30 buckets from the field.

“It was an all-around good team win with a lot of contributions up and down our roster,” Gingrich said. “There were a lot of activity stats. There were a lot of rebounds, assists, and steals from several people and we limited our turnovers, which put us in a good position to win the game. Although I don’t particularly like the mercy rule, everyone got in the game and clearly contributed. It was nice to get Marissa and Bri some rest as well during a win.”

With the victory, the Huskies set their sights on an important week, that includes a rivalry contest with State College today, barring weather. The Huskies will also face Mid-Penn Keystone foes Cedar Cliff and Lower Dauphin to round out the week.

Mifflin County enters the week riding a five-game winning streak after starting 3-4 with a tough non-conference slate.

“This week coming up is a big week,” Gingrich said. “I know that the girls look at the schedule and know the games they should win and sometimes don’t get up as much for them, but there’s no reason not to be excited about this upcoming week with State College Monday, Cedar Cliff on Wednesday and at Lower Dauphin on Friday.”

Mifflin County 71, Milton Hershey 39

MIFFLIN COUNTY

Marissa Gingrich 8 0-0 19, Bri Bodtorf 7 3-4 19, Kate Knable 6 2-2 14, Mya Aumiller 4 0-0 11, Aija Binder 2 0-0 4, Emma Weaver 1 0-0 2, Amelia Leister 1 0-0 2, Tessa Pavlova 1 0-0 2, Emma Weaver 0 0-0 0, Sadie Fike 0 0-0 0, Abby Prendergast 0 0-0 0, Makayla Bodley 0 0-0 0. Totals: 30 5-6 — 71.

3-point goals: Gingrich 3, Aumiller 3, Bodtorf 2.

MILTON HERSHEY

Molli Hogbin 6 3-4 15, Ediany Gonzalez 4 0-0 11, Faith Wratto 3 0-0 6, Tarianda Washington 2 0-1 4, Erin Miles 1 1-1 3, Madison Luka 0 0-0 0, Mikalah White 0 0-0 0, Faith Poppovich 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 4-6 –39.

3-point goals: Gonzalez 3.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

MC 24-20-17-11 –71

MH 10-14-10-5 –39

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