STATE COLLEGE - Mifflin County hung tight with Commonwealth Division rival State College in girls basketball action Friday, but ultimately it was the Little Lions who pulled away with the 52-46 win.
It was a matter of belief, explained Mifflin County coach Roger Herto, who willingly acknowledged the team's sub .500 record, but maintained that when his team believes in itself, it can accomplish much.
"When these kids believe in themselves, they can beat anybody," he said.
Perhaps some of the best moments of belief for the Huskies were in the fourth quarter.
A four-point second quarter put Mifflin County in the hole early, but by the final stanza the Huskies had cut State College's lead to four points before the Little Lions pulled away for the win.
It was a team effort, as Jessa Wright had to leave the floor with an injury, but Bryce Papp and Molly Dunmire came off the bench to give the Huskies some solid minutes in their rally attempt.
Ashleigh Williams scored a game-high 19 points, including four treys. Teammates Rebeka Knable and Wright also contributed two 3-pointers apiece, in addition to their other buckets.
State College won the JV game, 37-29.
Mifflin County (2-4, 1-4) will play Emmaus at 8 p.m. Dec. 27 for the its first game in the Husky Club Holiday Challenge.
Mount Union 42, West Branch 35
MORRISDALE - Mount Union might have had some slow moments Friday in its girls basketball game against West Branch, but the Trojans hit the boards hard and Tynita White scored a game-high 26 points, all of which culminated in a 42-35 win for the locals.
"We played a lot better tonight. We had tough first and third quarters, but we played great in the second and the fourth," Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said.
Other factors in the win included the fact that Mount Union kept the Warriors below double-digit scoring in every quarter but the first, and was very effective in breaking West Branch's press.
In JV action, West Branch won 48-31.
Mount Union (2-3, 2-1) will compete Dec. 26 in the Lions Club Tournament at Juniata College.
Greenwood 53, Lancaster Country Day 14
MILLERSTOWN - Greenwood posted a decisive win over Lancaster Country Day in girls basketball action Friday, when a potent offensive effort from the Wildcats easily propelled them to the 53-14 victory.
Lancaster Country Day was listless in the Tri-Valley League contest, as Greenwood forced the visitors to endure a scoreless third quarter and only allowed three separate players to score throughout the entire game.
Offensively, Greenwood was led by Morgan Kauffman and Hattie Kuhns, both of whom had a game-high 11 points. Teammate Anna Weger hit a pair of 3-pointers to notch her six points.
Greenwood will travel to Juniata today for a 3:30 p.m. contest.
Mount Union 55, West Branch 42
MOUNT UNION - The Trojans put on an impressive 18-7 run Friday against Inter-County Conference opponent West Branch in the fourth quarter and it resulted in a 55-42 boys basketball win for the Trojans.
Mount Union coach Joe Komir said the Trojans made things happen when they needed to, and this was especially true of the fourth quarter after a seven-point second quarter allowed West Branch to trail by just four at the half.
Klayton Heffner had a game-high 17 points for Mount Union, including a pair of treys.
Mount Union (5-1, 3-0) won the JV contest, 53-31, and will get back in action Monday at Huntingdon.
Greenwood 43, Lancaster Country Day 21
MILLERSTOWN - Greenwood gave Lancaster Country Day a 5-4 lead at the end of the first quarter Friday, but the Wildcats quickly shut the door for the remainder of the game en route to a 43-21 boys basketball victory.
"We didn't come out with very much intensity. It was a very physical game, and we were kind of getting bumped off our cuts," said Greenwood coach Kent Houser, who explained that after the first quarter the Wildcats made some adjustments that paid off.
Greenwood put up 33 points over the next two quarters, and Adam Harrison scored a game-high 16 points throughout the contest as the locals notched their third Tri-Valley League win.
The Wildcats (4-2, 3-1) will host the Perry County Tournament beginning Dec. 27.
Shikellamy 42, Midd-West 41
MIDDLEBURG - Midd-West missed some key shots from the charity stripe Friday, and it hurt the Mustangs in their 42-41 loss to Heartland Conference opponent Shikellamy.
Midd-West boys coach Aaron Ettinger said a rough patch in the middle of the game where the Mustangs were executing well but the shots just wouldn't fall was also partly responsible for the outcome.
"We were a little unlucky. We had a lot of shots rattle out in the middle of the game," he said.
Ascher Marks hit two treys en rout to his game-high 14 points.
Shikellamy took the JV game, 58-18.
Midd-West (1-2, 0-1) will host Belleville Mennonite Jan 2.