HOLLIDAYSBURG - It was a tale of two halves here Monday night.
Mifflin County's Lady Huskies jumped out to a 12-2 lead and remained on top most of the first half until Hollidaysburg scored the last six points to grab a 29-28 advantage at intermission.
The second half was all-Hollidaysburg, though. The Lady Tigers scored the first 13 points of the third quarter, making it a 19-0 run, before Mifflin County finally got a pair of free throws at the 2:47 mark.
Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski
Junior Lady Tiger Alex Scheel puts up two of her 22 points during Monday night’s win over Mifflin County.
The two fouls were the Huskies only points of the quarter and Hollidaysburg took a 48-30 lead into the fourth quarter before winding up with a 72-45 victory at the HAHS gym.
Hollidaysburg coach Deanna Jubeck, whose Lady Tigers improved to 13-1, said the momentum turned when her team began rebounding on both ends of the floor.
"At the beginning of the game, when they were ahead 12-2, they were getting second and third shots," Jubeck said. "We had to refocus overselves and limit them to one shot.
"When we did that, it changed the momentum and that's where the 19-0 run came."
The Tigers began dominating the boards on both ends. While the Huskies were having trouble scoring, the Tigers were filling up the hoop at the other end.
Alex Scheel, a 6-foot-1 junior, scored a career-high 22 points for the Tigers, most of them on second chances.
"I usually get like 2 [points]," Scheel said, grinning. "I'm not much of an offensive player; I'm more defense.
"I don't know what happened tonight," she continued. "I was getting offensive rebounds and putting it back up."
Jubeck said she wasn't surprised by Scheel's big game.
"We've talked a lot about needing inside and outside force," Jubeck said. "We've had the outside the most part of the year with Ashley McClain, Courteney Storm, Morgan Jennings and our other guards, and we've been working on our post play and cleaning up in there.
"[Scheel] did that real well tonight," Jubeck noted. "The ball kept falling right into her hands and she was laying it up. Once she got the confidence to make the first couple, she went with it and the basket seemed to get a lot bigger for her."
Storm added 16 points and McClain 10 as the Tigers put three players in double figures.
Ashleigh Williams scored 18 points and Rebeka Knable 14 for Mifflin County (7-8).
When the momentum switched, it wasn't because of a defensive change, Scheel said.
"We realized we needed to step it up big time," Scheel said.
Mifflin coach Roger Herto agreed the Tigers' domination of the boards was big.
"We're physically weak," Herto said. "When the going gets tough, the tough get going, and we are not tough at this point.
"If you want to make an analogy to a boxing match," he noted, "they started throwing punches and we didn't want to fight. When the bell rang, we didn't answer.
"We know Hollidaysburg is good," he said, "but there's no reason to play a first half like that and then come back and play a second half like that."
With no league title to shoot for, Scheel said the Tigers, who visit Altoona on Friday, are taking one game at a time.
"We're just looking forward to Altoona," she said. "It's a big game."
MIFFLIN COUNTY (45): Wilson 0 1-2 1, Cline 0 0-0 0, Williams 7 4-4 18, Wright 2 0-0 6, Knable 4 5-8 14, Papp 0 0-0 0, Walters 0 0-0 0, Dietrich 1 0-0 2, Dunmire 0 0-0 0, McCaffrey 2 0-0 4. Totals - 16 10-14 45.
HOLLIDAYSBURG (72): Storm 6 3-3 16, Jennings 2 1-1 5, Scheel 11 0-0 22, McClain 4 0-2 10, Kirsch 2 4-4 8, Davis 2 0-0 6, Palfey 1 0-0 3, Wilkinson 0 0-0 0, Ellis 1 0-0 2, Stitt 0 0-0 0, Hurliman 0 0-0 0, Haupt 0 0-0 0. Totals - 29 8-10 72.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Mifflin County16 12 2 15 - 45
Hollidaysburg14 15 19 24 - 72
3-point goals: Mifflin County 3 (Wright 2, Knable); Hollidaysburg 6 (McClain 2, Davis 2, Storm, Palfey).
Officials: Ted Beam, Sue Kovensky, Jim Klausman.
Records: Mifflin County (7-8); Hollidaysburg (13-1).
JV: Hollidaysburg, 41-29. High scorer-Caroline Ellis, H, 15.