From staff reports
COCOLAMUS - It was another banner night for the East Juniata boys basketball team.
East Juniata tied the school record with its 19th win off the season, which also established a new record for regular season wins.
"I think this was something that our guys targeted at the beginning of the year." East Juniata coach Brock Anders said. "That was one of their goals."
David Brantley scored a season-high 21 points and Nick Lorenz added 31 as the two Tigers celebrated senior night in a big way.
Anders praised the consistency that Brantley has possessed all season, complimenting leading scorers Lorenz and Bailey Coder.
Another less heralded senior, guard Jeremy Pannebaker, also stepped up on senior night, draining three 3-pointers to lead the Tigers in that category.
"Jeremy stepped into the starting line-up tonight and hit some shots," Anders said.
East Juniata lead 30-7 after the first quarter and poured it on after that en route to a season-high 92 points.
The focus for East Juniata, having already clinched the Tri-Valley League regular season title is on continuing to put wins on the board.
"We have to be very successful and win as many games as possible to secure the top-seed in our district," Anders said.
The Tigers (19-0, 15-0 TVL) will hope to finish the Tri-Valley regular season unbeaten when they travel to Millersburg today.
East Juniata also took the junior varsity game over Line Mountain 64-36 with Owen Kline-Geffert scoring 19 points.
Juniata 59, Millersburg 48
MIFFLINTOWN - Juniata's defense did its job, the key in a bounce back win after a loss Saturday.
Juniata topped Millersburg 59-48 in their final Tri-Valley League boys basketball game of the season.
"We played well. Tonight we brokes down their defense, we got good looks, we were patient with the ball," Juniata coach Al Ream explained.
Ream pointed to the scoring line for Millersburg, where Christian Wingard saw 14 less points after his name than the first meeting between the two. But Christian Keister was able to succeed at the line - 10-of-11 - to equal the game-high 20 points scored by Juniata's Logan Knepp.
"We did not do a good job in post play on (Keister)," Ream said.
Clark found success from the outside, dropping four from behind the arc for 16 points.
Juniata (10-10, 7-9) closes out the regular season Wednesday at home against Carson Long.
Forbes Road 55, Belleville Mennonite 42
BELLEVILLE - Sam Morgan scored 16 points but Belleville Mennonite fell 55-42 to Forbes Road Monday night in a boys basketball game.
The Thunder had to deal with some adversity again Monday night, losing Austin Byler to an injury for the night in the first quarter and Morgan for most of the second quarter with foul trouble.
Yet still, for Belleville Mennonite coach Larry Kauffman, it was his team's best effort this season, even in a loss.
"Honestly, this was the best game we've played all year," Kauffman said. "It's the best team we play all year, other than East Juniata. They're 12-5 and in first place in their district."
Brock Brodwater scored 15 points for Forbes Road, whose 22-8 final quarter was the difference.
Kauffman also noted that the game was closer than the score indicated, since many of those 22 points came when Belleville Mennonite was fouling at the end to play catch-up.
Belleville Mennonite (4-13) will be back in action Thursday night when it takes on Great Commission.
Greenwood 56, Halifax 48
MILLERSTOWN - Adam Harrison scored a team-high 11 points and Greenwood knocked off Halifax 56-48 in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game Monday night.
Joe Sheaffer scored eight of his 10 points on the night in a pivotal 18-point first quarter for the Wildcats.
"We got off to a good start," Greenwood coach Kent Houser said. "Joe Sheaffer came out and had a big period. He got into their defense and was looking to score."
Nicholas Kerstetter also hit three of Greenwood's six 3-pointers in the contest.
The Wildcats also took the junior varsity game 42-32.
Greenwood (16-5, 12-3) will conclude its Tri-Valley League slate Wednesday night when they travel to Line Mountain.
Belleville Mennonite 37, Juniata Mennonite 35
BELLEVILLE - Mollie Morgan scored a career-high 24 points and a game-tying lay-up for Lauren Breon of Juniata Mennonite didn't fall, so Belleville Mennonite hung on for the 37-35 win.
"She had flames coming out of her hands," Juniata Mennonite coach Andy Meiser said of Morgan. "She just hit everything. She was out of her mind. We haven't had a shooting performance like that against us all year."
Breon's potential tying lay-up with 22 seconds left in the game "hung on the rim for what seemed like eternity" Meiser said. and the Thunder came away with the hard fought win.
"Give credit to Belleville," Meiser said. "They've improved a lot."
Meiser pointed to a slow stretch late in the second quarter that may have cost his team the contest.
BMS outscored Juniata Mennonite 13-8 in the second quarter.
Juniata Mennonite (12-4, 9-2 ACAA) will have a quick turnover as they travel to Meadowbrook Christian today.
Belleville Mennonite (2-14) will be at Great Commission Thursday at 6 p.m.
Bucktail 61, Midd-West 41
MIDDLEBURG - Bucktail's Maria Morgan scored 29 points and dished out 14 assists, accounting for 26 of her teams 28 field goals in a 61-41 win over Midd-West.
Brianna Beiler scored a team-high 12 points and Morgan Shirk made three 3-pointers for the Mustangs.
A rough four point first quarter put Midd-West behind the 8-ball and forced them into catch up mode early.
Midd-West will conclude the regular season today when it travels to Danville.
*Eighth grade: Mifflin County 39, Our Lady of Victory 26. High scorer, Cade Shoemaker 20 points.
*Seventh grade: Mifflin County 35, Our Lady of Victory 23. High scorer, Camden Shawver 18 points.
* Moshannon Valley 51, Mount Union 48: Winners for Mount Union: Dawson Hockenberry, Josh Boozel, Andrew Todaro, Evan Fortney, Kaleb Atherton, Patrick Walker, Zack Rhodes, Elijah Atherton.