Kline leads Mifflinburg at 15.0 points per game, while McArdle-Coe (12.4) and Stauffer (9.8) also have healthy scoring averages. Against a taller Danville team in the district final, the trio combined for 25 rebounds to pace a 37-24 advantage on the boards.
"They have learned that our defense fuels our offense," said Griffith. "How well we play on defense carries over to the offensive end."
As proof of how far the program has come in a relatively short period of time, Griffith called time early in the fourth quarter to quell a slight Danville momentum. Using timeouts strategically to dictate tempo was a far cry from burning them to address the 'Cats' own issues or mistakes as in years past.
Or, as McArdle-Coe said, "It just shows people that just because you start at the bottom doesn't mean you can't get to the top."