From staff reports
HERNDON - Juniata looked to remain undefeated in the Tri-Valley League Monday as the Indians hit the hardwood at Line Mountain.
Juniata sprinted out of the gates and never looked back, scoring 22 points in the first quarter and marched to a 57-39 victory over the Eagles.
Victoria Varner was just warming up following a solid 10-point first quarter. She continued the shooting clinic, netting a career-high 24 points including 18 from 3-point land.
Teammate Maddie Zendt also had a career-high 18 points.
Each player shot 100 percent from the free-throw line as well.
"Victoria and Maddie shot the ball extremely well tonight," Juniata coach Meghan Geedy said.
The Indians (17-2, 13-0) are back in action Friday, hosting Upper Dauphin, with a chance to clinch the TVL.
Halifax 41, East Juniata 35
HALIFAX - East Juniata had high hopes heading to the locker room up two points Monday night at Halifax, but fell short of the Tri-Valley League foe, 41-35.
East Juniata turned it up a notch on defense in the second quarter, allowing just two points from the Wildcats and taking a two-point lead to the half.
The Tigers also won the third quarter and took a five-point lead to the final stanza of the game when Halifax made a late charge, knocking off the visitors by six.
Shelly Gabel led the charge for East Juniata, netting eight points.
East Juniata (9-7) hosts Line Mountain Thursday.
Forbes Road 50,
Belleville Mennonite 20
WATERFALL - Belleville Mennonite had a slow start Monday against Forbes Road - the Trojans only put up seven points in the first half - and it resulted in a 50-20 loss.
While Forbes Road's Shayla Carmack put up a game-high 20 points, Belleville Mennonite's Rachel Anders led her team with eight.
Belleville Mennonite coach Ally Zook said turnovers and lack of consistency were what sunk her team.
"They had a tough press, and we kept giving up turnovers," she said.
Belleville Mennonite (2-14) travels to Cambria County Monday.
Selinsgrove 44, Greenwood 24
SELINSGROVE - Greenwood stepped out of the Tri-Valley League Monday night and fell to Selinsgrove, 44-24.
The game was tight through two quarters as the Seals took a one-point lead at the intermission but the Wildcats struggled to score in the second half, netting just four total points.
Greenwood struggled at the free-throw line as well, going 0-8 while Selinsgrove converted nine of its 19 opportunities.
Hattie Kuhns led the way for the Wildcats with 12 points on the night.
Greenwood (3-16) hosts TVL opponent Halifax Thursday.
Forbes Road 62,
Belleville Mennonite 29
WATERFALL - Eleven Forbes Road players lit up the scoreboard Monday night, as Belleville Mennonite struggled to keep up with the home team in the 62-29 loss.
The Trojans trailed only by seven points at the half, but Forbes Road hit its groove in the second half to outscore Belleville Mennonite, 42-16.
"We played really good defense the first half, but they really moved the ball around the second half and it was more difficult to key on one or two players," Belleville Mennonite coach Doug Snook said.
Austin Byler and Sammy Kauffman led Belleville Mennonite with 10 points apiece.
Belleville Mennonite (3-13) looks for a win today when its hosts Williamsburg.
Juniata Valley 51,
Mount Union 42
ALEXANDRIA - Mount Union scratched its way to within three points in Inter-County Conference action at Juniata Valley Monday, but came up short and fell to the Hornets 51-42.
The Trojans battled in the first half and were down by three heading to the locker room. That was as close as they would come to the home-town Hornets. Juniata Valley came out strong in the third, netting 17 points to Mount Union's 9, taking a 45-34 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
Mount Union got within five with in the final three minutes of the game but a late run by the Hornets sealed the deal.
Mount Union (10-9) travels to Bellwood-Antis Wednesday.
9th grade game: Mount Nittany 63, Mifflin County 35. High scorer - Cade Attick 21 points
8th grade game: Mount Nittany 30, Mifflin County 20. High scorer - Kaden Knouse 11 points
7th grade game: Mount Nittany 27, Mifflin County 21. High scorer - Carson King 9 points
Mifflin County is back in action Thursday, hosting Altoona.