MILLERSBURG - Behind a pair of career nights by Victoria Varner and Maddie Zendt, Juniata cruised to a 72-31 victory over Millersburg in a Tri-Valley League girls basketball game Wednesday.
Varner, who dropped eight buckets from long range and outscored the team across the Susquehanna single-handedly with a career-best 32 points, was on fire, Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said.
"They were playing a zone and to the credit of her teammates she got a lot of really good passes," Geedey said. She added that the 24 points from behind the arc may be a school record.
"That's a crazy night there. I don't think she's ever had that many," Geedey said.
Zendt, who delivered a mere 19 points in the game, was more important for her versatility. She hit from inside and out, and made it a double-double night by pulling 14 rebounds down, too.
"She's always had a very nice jump shot," Geedey said. "For her to be able to shoot the threes and finish inside the way she does ... I would imagine she's hard for other teams to defend."
Juniata came out with 22-point quarters to start the game and to open the second half, key to avoiding problems, Geedey said - especially letting teams get back into games.
"We want to start hard and fast and take it to people right away. That's kind of our challenge to them each game," she said. "We also talk about coming out and putting teams away."
Juniata (11-1, 9-0) hosts rival East Juniata Friday; also on the slate that night is recognition of the Juniata team that won the Tri-Valley League 50 years ago.
Jersey Shore 36, Midd-West 17
JERSEY SHORE - Midd-West had trouble finding the basket, as the Mustangs dropped a Heartland Conference girls basketball game to Jersey Shore Wednesday, 36-17.
Neither team was terribly effective on offense, but the Bulldogs at least got one player in double figures. But Midd-West (5-9) was unable to break five points in a quarter.
Shore also won the JV game, 38-21. Brynn Markley had 21 points for the Mustangs in that one.
MOUNT UNION - Due to a school cancellation Wednesday, Mount Union postponed its home wrestling match with Moshannon Valley to Feb. 2, and its boys basketball game at Glendale to Feb. 12.
Ninth grade: Altoona 38, Mifflin County 37. High scorer, Nelson Cook 18 points.
Eighth grade: Altoona 45, Mifflin County 45. High scorer, Carson King 13 points.
Seventh grade: Mifflin County 33, Altoona 27. High scorer, Wyatt Henry and Nathan Poche, eight points each. Mifflin County travels to Hollidaysburg Monday.