From staff reports
MIFFLINTOWN - It was a bit of a homecoming - in reverse - when West Perry visited Juniata Wednesday.
For Al Ream's current team, it was a good night. Juniata slid past the Mustangs 54-50 in a non-league boys basketball game.
Ream, who has ties to both school districts, coached football and track at West Perry prior to taking the Juniata boys job this season.
On Wednesday, the Indians had a solid attack offensively that allowed them to keep pace after a strong start. They had a 30-19 lead at the break, but were outscored in the final two quarters.
Logan Knepp had the big night for Juniata with 16 points. Tyler Clark (12) and Josh Parson (11) also were in double figures.
"We have some balance. We had good balanced scoring tonight," Ream said. "The kids are beginning to start believing in themselves and are playing with more confidence."
The win was a big one, against a Mid-Penn Conference opponent.
"They play Steel-High, they play Milton Hershey. Everybody's tough that they play," Ream noted. "To play them is good experience for our kids because it's a faster-paced game that most of the Tri-Valley League games."
The Mustangs won the JV game, 37-27.
Juniata (8-7) is back on its own floor against East Juniata tonight.
Mount Union 74, Southern Huntingdon 34
THREE SPRINGS - A quartet of Mount Union players managed double figures as the Trojans dropped Southern Huntingdon, 74-34, in an Inter-County Conference boys basketball game Wednesday.
B.J. Loner's 21-point night was the biggest; Kole House was close with 19 for the Trojans. Klayton Heffner (15) and Trevon Walker (12) also had big points in the win, which put Mount Union above the .500 mark.
Trojans coach Joe Komir said he was pleased with the defensive intensity and scoring in transition; the team forced turnovers as well, he noted.
Mount Union won the JV game, 50-27.
The Trojans (9-8) travel to Moshannon Valley Friday.
West Perry 62, Juniata 23
ELLIOTTSBURG - Carly Burns scored a team-high nine points, but Juniata fell 62-23 to West Perry Wednesday night in a nonleague girls basketball game.
"They just totally outplayed us in every aspect of the game," Juniata coach Meghan Geedey said. "We got beat by the better team tonight. Give them all the credit, they played very well tonight."
West Perry got a game-high 19 points from Megan Smith and 18 from Madison Urich in the huge win.
"They have a nice player in Megan Smith and other players around her," Geedey said.
West Perry jumped out to a 15-8 advantage after one quarter and didn't look back the rest of the way.
Juniata (13-2, 11-0) will step back into Tri-Valley play on Friday night when they head to Line Mountain.
Huntingdon 49, Mount Union 34
MOUNT UNION - Mount Union has played Huntingdon before and knew what to expect going into Wednesday's non-conference girls basketball game, but the Trojans' defense faltered and it resulted in the 49-34 loss.
"We struggled defensively. We know their players, we knew what they were going to do. Defense has been a big issue for us all year," Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said.
Tynita White had a team-high 15 points for the Trojans, and Cunningham said Reegan McCaulley and Ryleah Woodward came in and played some nice minutes in the second quarter.
"Those are two girls that both just started playing basketball last year, so that looks great for the future, but defensively we just struggled," she said.
In JV action, McCaulley had nine points to lead the Trojans, but they still fell, 37-22.
The varsity team (7-9) hosts Moshannon Valley Friday.
*9th grade game: Chambersburg 61, Mifflin County 38; High scorer - Trey Dudley and Drew Williams 8 points each.