The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 21, 2013

High school roundup: Mifflinburg boys rally past Selinsgrove


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BOYS BASKETBALL

MIFFLINBURG -- Low-scoring games are often battles of attrition, and so far this season Mifflinburg has been winning those contests.

The Wildcats shook off a poor shooting first half to edge Selinsgrove in a Heartland-I matchup on Friday, 41-30.

Mifflinburg's key inside presence, senior forward Logan Finsterbush, was in foul trouble for much of the first half as the Wildcats scored just two points in the first quarter and 15 through the opening 16 minutes of play to lead by only two at the half.

"We came out really flat and we didn't play well as a team. That wasn't our intention," said Mifflinburg coach Andre' Roupp. "In the second quarter we really started executing and playing well as a team."

Finsterbush got back in the game in the second half for Mifflinburg (4-1, 1-1 HAC-I) and finished with seven rebounds and five points. Jeremy Uscowskas led the Wildcats with 16 points.

"Finsterbush sat quite a bit of the first half, but he really executed off the boards and got some really big rebounds for us down the stretch," said Roupp.

Andrew Sickle tallied eight points to lead Selinsgrove (0-4, 0-2).

n Shikellamy 42,

Midd-West 41

MIDDLEBURG -- Foul shooting was the story of the HAC-I matchup, which was one by the Braves after they made 12 of their 15 free throws compared to only 6-of-20 for the Mustangs.

Derek Amerman scored 13 points to lead Shikellamy (2-3 overall), which took the lead for good at 40-38 on a 3-pointer by Austin Mowery with 58 seconds remaining in the game.

Ascher Marks had 14 points to pace Midd-West (1-2).

"Lack of foul shooting down the stretch cost us," said Midd-West coach Aaron Ettinger. "We also had two costly turnovers late in the game, but it was a great game that went back and forth all the way through.

"Shikellamy was very efficient from the foul line, while we couldn't buy one down the stretch."

n Warrior Run 47,

Montoursville 34

TURBOTVILLE -- The Defenders broke open a game that was tied at the half by out-scoring the Warriors 32-19 in the second half to take the HAC-II matchup.

Lance Pealer led Warrior Run (2-2, 1-1 HAC-II) with 13 points.

n East Juniata 91,

Juniata 56

COCOLAMUS -- Behind a career night from Nick Lorenz, the Tigers put together a game for the ages by routing the Indians in the Tri-Valley League matchup.

Lorenz tied his career high with 33 points. He also had 10 assists for East Juniata (5-0, 3-0 TVL).

Four players were in double figures for the Tigers as the team put up what is possibly the most points the program has ever scored in a game. It's at least the most points scored under coach Brock Anders in his six-year tenure at the school.

n Halifax 77,

Upper Dauphin 70

HALIFAX -- Kobe Bowman scored 14 of his team-high 29 points in the first quarter as the Wildcats opened up a big lead before holding on for the TVL win.

Mack Ney led Upper Dauphin with 30 points, 15 of which were scored in the fourth quarter. Alex Uhler added 16 points for the Trojans.

n Greenwood 43,

Lancaster Co. Day 21

MILLERSTOWN -- After a low-scoring first half, the Wildcats picked up their offensive production in the second half in addition to the TVL win.

Adam Harrison had 16 points and Tyler Fegley scored 11 to lead Greenwood (4-2, 3-1 TVL).

n Meadowbrook Chr. 73,

New Covenant 45

MILTON -- Tyler Baughman tallied 26 points and Kurtis Klodnicki added 14 to lead the Lions to the ACAA victory. David Ulmer gave Meadowbrook (3-2, 3-1 ACAA) a third player in double figures with his 12 points.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

n Warrior Run 34,

Montoursville 24

MONTOURSVILLE -- Thirteen points from Steph Shamburg proved to be the difference in the game as the Defenders took the HAC-II victory. Warrior Run improves to 5-0, 2-0 in league play.

n Lourdes Regional 52,

Tri-Valley 38

COAL TOWNSHIP -- A double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds by Rachel Schultz lifted the Red Raiders to the Schuylkill League win.

Schultz also had five steals in the win for Lourdes (3-3 overall), while Carmella Bickel chipped in 16 points and four assists.

n Greenwood 53,

Lancaster Country Day 14

MILLERSTOWN -- Hattie Kuhns and Morgan Kauffman scored 11 points apiece to lead the Wildcats to the Tri-Valley League victory.