Lady Tigers cruise again
LEWISTOWN – Despite the cold weather outside, Mifflin County ran into its own perfect storm on Saturday inside the Mifflin County gym, battling a 14-1 Hollidaysburg girls team that had no intentions of picking up its second loss.
A first quarter showing of 25-9 set the tempo for the Lady Tigers as they never looked back, rolling to an 85-43 victory.
“[Hollidaysburg is] a great team,” Mifflin County coach Kevin Kodish said. “They had a great night, and we had a bad night. When a great team has a great night and against them you have poor night, it’s going to add up to 85-43. They are one of the top Quad-A teams in the state. You have to be ready to play your best game against them. We didn’t have our best game by far, obviously. The lid was on the basket early, and we couldn’t hit anything.”
Leading the way for Hollidaysburg was inside post player Morgan Griffith, posting 20 points. Susie Ellis was the team’s answer to the perimeter game, hitting four 3-pointers en route to 18 points. Hannah Mercer hit from inside and out for a 17-point effort.
Hollidaysburg hit 10 3-pointers.
Mifflin County tallied two players in double digits – Olivia Halfpenny with 14 points and Ashleigh Williams with 10.
Hollidaysburg jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 5:51 left in the opening period on a trey from Mercer, a field goal by Courteney Storm and an inside bucket by Griffith.
With 5:41 showing on the clock, Mifflin County got its first points of the game on a jumper by Williams.
Michele Muir started a 6-0 run for Hollidaysburg to increase its lead to 13-2. Mifflin County rounded out the opening period, scoring seven points, ending the quarter with nine.
The defense of the Lady Tigers kept the Huskies from getting many second-chance shots off misses and in turn set its offense in motion to the tune of a 25-point effort, taking a 14-point advantage going into the second quarter.
“We talk daily with these kids about playing defense and using our defensive rebounding to work our offense, and that’s what we did and it clicked. I feel like we clicked on all cylinders today,” Hollidaysburg coach Deanna Jubeck said. “When you have the outside game and you have the inside game both being effective, it’s hard to defend a team like that.”
In the second, it was much of the same for both teams as the Lady Tigers controlled the tempo and seemed, at times, a step faster than the Huskies.
Hollidaysburg outscored Mifflin County by a 17-8 margin and went into the intermission with a comfortable 42-17 lead.
In the second half, Mifflin County’s scoring production went up, but so did the Lady Tigers’ scoring.
The Huskies combined for a 26-point second half, while Hollidaysburg scored another 42 points.
Leading 68-28 going into the final stanza, both teams emptied their benches midway through the quarter.
Mifflin County got a strong effort in the quarter from Tara Kibe, who hit a 3-pointer and field goal, while the Lady Tigers got a six-point effort from Amy Tomassetti, who hit two treys in the victory.
Hollidaysburg upped its record to 15-1, while Mifflin County dropped to 8-8.
Hollidaysburg hosts Altoona on Thursday, while Mifflin County will be back in action on Tuesday at home against Chambersburg.
HOLLIDAYSBURG (85): Griffith 7 6-7 20, Jennings 1 0-0 2, Davis 1 0-0 3, Servello 1 0-0 2, Storm 4 0-0 9, Tomassetti 2 0-0 6, Palfey 1 0-0 3, Kirsch 1 0-0 2, Muir 1 1-2 3, S. Ellis 7 0-0 18, Mercer 8 0-0 17, C. Ellis 0 0-0 0, Stitt 0 0-0 0, Haupt 0 0-0 0, Scheel 0 0-0 0, McClain 0 0-0 0. Totals: 34 7-9 85.
MIFFLIN COUNTY (43): Kibe 2 0-0 5, Cassatt 2 0-0 6, Snyder 2 3-4 7, Williams 4 1-2 10, Knable 0 1-2 1, Halfpenny 4 6-6 14. Wilson 0 0-0 0, Hendricks 0 0-0 0, Cline 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 11-14 43.
Hollidaysburg25 17 26 17 85
Mifflin County9 8 11 15 43
3-pointers: Hollidaysburg 10 (Ellis 4, Tomassetti 2, Mercer, Palfey, Davis, Storm). Mifflin County 4 (Cassatt 2, Kibe, Williams).
Records:?Hollidaysburg (15-1), Mifflin County (8-8).
JV: Hollidaysburg, 44-22.