LEWISTOWN - Poised at .500 with a 7-7 overall record before taking on Commonwealth Division opponent Carlisle, the Mifflin County girls tipped the scale toward the winning column Tuesday when they edged the Thundering Herd, 76-42.
In the victory, the Huskies were shooting and hitting at will, while the Carlisle girls struggled to light up the board, putting up a mere six points in the first quarter.
In fact, the beginning minutes of the first quarter weren't stellar for either team, as some sloppy shooting and poor passes from the Huskies prevented them from immediately jumping on the lead.
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Mifflin County’s Rebeka Knable, left, takes a shot as Carlisle’s Sarah Burkholder, center, and Megan Bisker defend Tuesday in Lewistown.
"The first few minutes weren't very good. I didn't think we had any bounce in our steps or any juice. We didn't have a flow going," Mifflin County coach Kevin Kodish said.
That lack of flow didn't last long.
After a few minutes to get into a groove, the Huskies hit their stride on the offense - taking a 19-6 lead after the first - and they never looked back.
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The best display of Mifflin County's teamwork on the offense occurred in the second quarter, when Mifflin County not only got six points from Ashleigh Williams and five from Rebeka Knable, but some girls off the bench - Tara Kibe, Maggie Wilson and Kylee Cassatt - stepped in with buckets of their own to be a force behind Mifflin County's building offense.
"A lot of the girls want a chance to make their mark when they're on the floor too, so that was an opportunity for them to get out there and get some shots and play some defense themselves. And they cashed in on it," Kodish said.
Add to these girls' effort one bucket apiece from both Logan Snyder and Olivia Halfpenny, and a 3-pointer from Breanna Cline, and eight total Huskies scored in the second quarter to mount a 26-point effort.
From the Thundering Herd's end, it wasn't just Mifflin County's offense which was a source of frustration. The Huskies also made life very difficult on the defensive end, applying pressure at the perimeter for some easy turnovers and making steals all over the court, constantly challenging Carlisle for possession of the ball.
In fact, Carlisle's eight-point third quarter was indicative of the struggles Mifflin County handed the Thundering Herd all night, as Carlisle was held scoreless through the first four minutes of the eight-minute stanza while the Huskies continued to build upon the 45-20 lead they had created at the half.
By the end of the third, Mifflin County sat on a 69-28 lead. In the fourth, Carlisle brought the score a little bit closer for a final of 76-42. Williams and Halfpenny tied for a game-high 15 points.
The JV game reflected the varsity game in that the Huskies dominated there as well, edging Carlisle, 52-8. Maggie Wilson led the Huskies with 13. Tara Kibe chipped in 12.
On Friday, Mifflin County (8-7, 4-7) travels to face State College, and the Huskies are looking to avenge their loss to the Little Lions from earlier in the season when Mifflin County gave up a fourth-quarter lead in a 60-51 loss.
"We're excited about it. It's always a good game every time we play them. I expect something different this time," Kodish said. "We'll go over there and it's going to be a war. It always is."