Altoona girls rain 3s on MC in victory

LEWISTOWN – Three-pointers were flying all over the place on Monday night at Mifflin County High School.

In the end, though, it was the play of Altoona senior forward Darby Lee, who scored six points in the final 40 seconds that lifted the visiting Lady Lions over Mifflin County, 69-66, in a high school girls basketball contest.

“You’ve got to give them credit,” Mifflin County coach Roger Herto said. “At the end, Darby Lee showed why she was a great player. It was obvious who they wanted to get the ball to. The two biggest foul shots of the night, she comes down here and cans them both. That’s pretty good on their part.”

Huskies senior Ashleigh Williams did her best to match her senior counterpart, aggressively taking the ball to the basket every time the opportunity arose.

Senior Rebeka Knable connected for a 3-pointer from the left-hand corner getting the Huskies off to a quick 5-1 lead with 5:15 left in the first quarter.

Knable started the barrage from 3-point land for both teams, as the teams combined for seven 3s in the opening quarter.

Altoona’s Lauren Donley had an answer for Knable’s 3-point stroke. The Altoona senior guard hit four 3s in the first quarter, accounting for 12 of Altoona’s 16 points.

“Tonight was a night they shot pretty well,” Herto said. “Some of that was them, obviously great shooting, but a lot of that was defense. I don’t think we did a great job of getting out on defense.”

Breanna Cline’s jumper as the quarter expired gave the Huskies a 19-16 lead after the first.

At the start of the second quarter, Sarah Donley, Lauren’s younger sister, jumped in on the 3-point shooting fest for Altoona.

She made three 3-pointers in the first 4 minutes of the second quarter to help make it 32-30 Mifflin County.

Rachel Dibert’s free throw, followed by Lee’s drive, gave Altoona its first lead of the game at 33-32 with 2:40 left in the second quarter.

Cline, the third Mifflin County senior, quickly answered on the next Huskies possession to put them back up 34-33.

Jessa Wright. who scored a team-high 20 points, made a 3 that gave Mifflin County some instant breathing room before Dibert drove and converted the free throw to settle the score at 37-36 going into the half.

The Donleys combined for nine 3s and 27 of Altoona’s 36 first-half points.

Wright and Williams both had 10 points for the Huskies in the opening half, and Knable added nine on three 3-pointers.

The teams traded points back-and-forth to start the third quarter until Lee’s layup put Altoona up 44-42 with just less than 6 minutes left in the third.

Lauren Donley added her seventh 3 to give her a game-high 21, and the Lady Lions had their largest lead of the night at 47-42.

Williams then drove on two straight possessions and hit 2-of -4 resulting free throws to put the Huskies to within two at 49-47.

Wright’s offensive rebound and putback evened the game at 49, and Cline put the Huskies back ahead.

Maggie Wilson gave Mifflin County another lead with two free throws with 6 minutes left.

Wright added two more 3-pointers to give the Huskies a 61-60 lead with 2:31 left in the game.

Williams extended the lead with two more free throws to make it 63-60.

Sarah Donley drained her fifth and final 3 to tie it up again. Wright made two free throws, and Lee answered with a layup to tie it at 65.

Williams split free throws to put the Huskies ahead for the last time before Lee scored the game’s final four points to give Altoona the win.

“Offensively, 66 points is enough to win, but 69 is too many to give up,” Herto said. “They shot the ball well, but we gave up some stuff we shouldn’t have given up.”

Altoona (9-10) will hold its senior night and host State College at 7:30 tonight.

ALTOONA (69): Hatch 2 0-0 6, Davis 0 0-0 0, Dibert 2 4-5 8, L. Donley 7 0-0 21, S. Donley 5 0-0 15, Lee 6 5-6 17, Muffie 1 0-0 2. Totals – 23 9-11 69.

MIFFLIN COUNTY (66): Papp 0 0-0 0, Wilson 2 2-4 7, Cline 5 0-0 10, Dietrich 0 0-1 0, Williams 6 6-10 18, Wright 7 2-2 20, Knable 3 0-0 9, Peachey 1 0-0 2. Totals – 24 10-17 66.


Altoona16 20 15 18 – 69

Mifflin County19 18 14 15 – 66

3-point goals: Altoona 14 (Hatch 2, L. Donley 7, S. Donley 5); Mifflin County 8 (Wilson, Wright 4, Knable 3).

Records: Altoona (9-10); Mifflin County (11-10).

JV: Altoona, 49-34. High scorers-Knab, A, 14.