Juniata women reach 2nd round

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Kent. — The Juniata College women’s basketball team jumped out to a double-digit advantage by the end of one quarter and led by 27 at halftime as the Eagles punched their ticket into the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament with a 63-52 victory over Piedmont at Connor Center on Friday.

Bishop McCort product Morgan Instone — the Landmark Conference defensive player of the year — led the way for the Eagles, recording a solid all-around game with 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots.

Dani Atkinson and Gracie Stauffer came up with 10 points apiece for Juniata, which raised its record to 23-5. Stauffer also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and blocked a pair of shots coming off the bench.

Jatasia Bailey paced Piedmont with 15 points, while Carlie Shields chipped in with 11. Piedmont finished the season 23-6.

Juniata blocked nine shots as a team in holding Piedmont to 25.9 percent shooting over the first team quarters, after which the Eagles had forged a 41-14 lead.

Anstine’s jump shot off a Stauffer assist with 24 seconds left in the second quarter set the halftime score. Instone then made a bucket to open the scoring in the second half after a Rachael Anstine offensive rebound to give the Eagles their largest lead of 29 (43-14) at 7:55 of the third quarter.

Piedmont never cut the margin to single digits; the final difference of 11 was the closest the game was since Instone’s field goal at the 2:21 mark of the first quarter made it 15-4.

Juniata shot 50 percent compared to Piedmont’s 12.5 percent in the first quarter, when Atkinson scored five points and Instone and Veronica Cosmopolis each netted four, and the Eagles closed the period on a 9-0 run. Coming off the bench, Juniata Valley product Haley Myers scored all five of her points in the second quarter as the Eagles assumed a commanding lead.

The Eagle bench outscored Piedmont, 24-16.

With the victory, Juniata advances to the second round. There, the Eagles will face once-beaten Thomas More, an 84-58 winner over Oglethorpe on Friday night to raised their record to 27-1. The teams will square off tonight at 6:30 at Connor Center.

JUNIATA (23-5): Spencer 0-5 0-0 0, Cosmopolis 3-6 2-2 9, Instone 4-6 3-4 11, Atkinson 4-13 1-6 10, Anstine 4-10 1-1 9, Myers 2-3 0-0 5, Rebert 2-3 0-0 5, Leonard 0-0 0-0 0, Bickel 0-0 0-0 0, Badorf-England 0-1 0-0 0, Stauffer 3-7 4-6 10, Colyer 1-1 2-2 4. Totals — 23-55 13-21 63.

PIEDMONT (23-6): Price 0-6 3-4 3, Bailey 5-14 0-0 15, Kelly 0-2 0-0 0, Shields 3-12 5-8 11, Irby 3-6 1-1 7, Scott 0-1 0-0 0, Lawson 1 0-0 0, Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Ackerman 0-2 0-0 0, Campbell 0-2 0-0 0, Sullens 1-3 2-2 4, Newkirk 1 0-0 2, Walker 1-7 5-6 7. Totals — 15-58 16-21 52.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Juniata 17 24 10 12 — 63

Piedmont 4 10 18 20 — 52

3-point goals: Juniata 4-18 (Spencer 0-4 Cosmopolis 1-4, Atkinson 1-6, Anstine 0-1, Myers 1-2, Rebert 1-1); Piedmont 6-20 (Price 0-1, Bailey 5-12, Kelly 0-2, Shields 0-3, Irby 0-1, Lawson 1-1). Assists: Juniata 11 (Spencer 3); Piedmont 8 (Price, Kelly, Shields 2 each). Rebounds: Juniata 38 (Stauffer 9); Piedmont 43 (Price 10).

Eagle men sidelined

WILKES-BARRE — The Juniata College men’s basketball record-breaking season came to an end in the ECAC quarterfinal against Neumann, 65-58, Friday afternoon at Wilkes University.

Marcus Lee had 16 points and four rebounds. Seth Brewer had 14 points and five assists, Brandon Martinazzi tallied 11 points and five rebounds while Damon Rickens had nine points and four rebounds. Wil Peralta added two points, seven rebounds and three assists while Paul Martello added six points off the bench.

Brewer found Lee for a layup for the first basket of the game. A Brewer layup made it 4-4 before the Knights tallied five quick points. A Martello three made it 9-7.

With nine minutes to go in the contest, Neumann had gone up 16-7. Back to back Lee layups followed by a Martinazzi three off a pass from Peralta made it 18-14. Peralta set Lee up for another bucket inside, Brewer split a pair of free throws and Martello sunk a triple to pull JC within two at 22-20. Neumann led 24-20 with under a minute to play before Brewer nailed a three off a pass from Rickens to send JC into the half down one, 24-23.

Two Rickens threes sandwiched around a Martinazzi jumper put the Eagles ahead 31-28 in the first two minutes of the second half. Brewer capped the run with another triple off a pass from Lee as JC led 34-28.

Juniata’s only basket over the next seven minutes was a Brewer layup as Neumann pushed ahead, 41–36 with just under 12 minutes to go. A Rickens three tied the score, the Knights nailed a three of their own and Peralta made a jumper as the teams traded makes.

With three and half minutes left, Brewer converted an and-one to pull JC within three 53-50. After another Neumann make Lee rattled home a jumper to pull JC within two, 54-52. A 6-0 surge by the Knights made it 60-52 with 50 seconds left to go.

Martinazzi scored inside and the Eagles quickly called timeout. On the inbound, JC forced a turnover and Martinazzi scored again to narrow the deficit to four at 60-56. JC fouled and Neumann made both foul shots. Another Martinazzi layup brought narrowed the gap to four, JC fouled and Neumann again made both free throws. With 12 seconds left the Eagles got off a three, but it was off.

The Eagles ended the season 23-5, the best record in program history.

NEUMANN (21-8): Brown-Johnson 6-15 4-4 18, Hudson 8-17 5-6 21, Collins 2-3 1-2 5, Cassidy 5-10 0-0 14, Johnson-Chavis 3-12 1-2 7, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Wilmore 0-1 0-0 0. Totals — 24-58 11-14 65.

JUNIATA (23-5): Rickens 3-11 0-0 9, Brewer 5-10 2-3 14, Martinazzi 5-7 0-0 11, Lee 7-20 2-2 16, Peralta 1-2 0-0 2, Hall 0-1 0-0 0, Keck 0-1 0-0 0, Martello 2-6 0-0 6, Neville 0-0 0-0 0, Markey 0-2 0-0 0, Holsopple 0-1 0-0 0. Totals — 23-61 4-5 58.

Halftime: Neumann, 24-23. 3-point goals: Neumann 6-14 (Brown-Johnson 2-4, Collins 0-1, Cassidy 4-9); Juniata 8-22 (Rickens 3-9, Brewer 2-4 Martinazzi 1-2, Lee 0-2, Martello 2-3, Markey 0-2). Assists: Neumann 7 (Brown-Johnson 3); Juniata 11 (Brewer 5). Rebounds: Neumann 40 (Hudson 10); Juniata 34 (Peralta 7).

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