By The Daily Item
MIFFLINBURG -- A balanced scoring effort, in addition to some good defense, paved the way for Mifflinburg's 48-39 victory over Milton in the championship game of the Mifflinburg Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday.
Jeremy Uscowskas led Mifflinburg (2-0) with 13 points, while James Zack and Clark Sheakley added 11 points apiece for the Wildcats. Sheakley and Logan Finsterbush also pulled down five rebounds apiece in the winning effort.
Ethan Baker led Milton (1-1) with 17 points.
"We played real solid defense, especially in the first quarter by controlling their inside game and the boards with Finsterbush and Sheakley," said Mifflinburg coach Andre Roupp. "We executed down the stretch versus Milton's press. Now we just have to knock some free throws down."
The Wildcats were just 15-of-30 from the free throw line.
Zack and Uscowskas were named to the All-Tournament team for Mifflinburg. The other members of the team were Baker and Travis Krall from Milton, Tyler Mitcheltree from Hughesville, and Kellan Masser from Line Mountain.
Hughesville won the consolation game over Line Mountain, 75-40. The Spartans scored 48 second-half points.
Masser and Dylan Bartholomew both tallied 11 points for Line Mountain.
Kim Harven Tournament
n Sunbury Christian 53,
Huntingdon Christian 31
HUNTINGDON -- A near triple-double by Karch Carey propelled the Eagles to the tournament championship.
Carey scored 22 points and had 14 rebounds and seven blocks for Sunbury Christian (3-1). Carey earned the tournament MVP.
Also for the Eagles, Jackson Snyder added 13 points and was named to the all-tournament team.
Belleville Mennonite Tip-Off Tournament
n Great Commission 64,
Northumberland Chr. 53
BELLEVILLE -- Three players scored in double figures for Northumberland Christian, but the Warriors couldn't keep up with Great Commission as they fell in the consolation game.
Hugh Hayner tallied 22 points to lead Northumberland (0-3), while Ryan King and Troy Harris added 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Harris also pulled down 16 rebounds and King had 12, with the latter being named to the all-tournament team for the Warriors.
Paul Kirby Tournament
n Boiling Springs 51,
BOILING SPRINGS -- Adam Harrison led the Wildcats with 16 points, but it wasn't enough as the Bubblers claimed their tournament championship. Harrison was named the tourney MVP for Greenwood (1-1), while Tyler Fegley was named to the all-tournament team for the Wildcats.
Towanda Tip-Off Tourn.
n Milton 41, Sayre 30
n Milton 40, Towanda 33
TOWANDA -- Playing a doubleheader due to snow bumping Friday's opening-round games, Milton twice stared at deficits early before rebounding to notch two convincing wins.
The Black Panthers (2-0) defeated Sayre in the first game before topping Towanda in the championship game.
"Obviously being a young team and getting out to play in a tournament like this (is great). We played freshmen a lot of the time and just that experience is great," Milton coach Aaron Slusser said. "(In both games) we got down and they came back. They just calmed down, cut down turnovers, started dominating on the boards and took care of it."
Freshman Maggie Wetzel put up a double-double in her first game, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 boards. She had 17 and seven in the second game.
Dani Lincoln scored 11 against Towanda while having three steals. She also added six assists and three steals against Sayre.
Lourdes Regional Tip-Off Tournament
n Marian Catholic 55,
Lourdes Regional 42
n Shamokin 50,
Sunbury Christian 22
COAL TOWNSHIP -- Down by three points at the half, Marian out-scored Lourdes 19-4 in the third quarter to take the lead before going on for the tournament championship.
Bailey Trell scored 17 points and had four steals to lead Lourdes (1-1). Rachel Schultz added 10 points for the Red Raiders.
In the consolation game, Liv Bonshock tallied 18 points to lead Shamokin (1-1) to the victory. Faith Gingrich led Sunbury Christian with nine points.
Line Mountain Tip-Off Tournament
n Penns Valley 82,
Line Mountain 38
MANDATA -- In the consolation game, Penns Valley had four players score in double figures to take the victory. Joelle Snyder tallied 11 points to lead Line Mountain (0-2).
Columbia Montour Vo-Tech Tournament
n Freeland MMI 55,
Northumberland Chr. 30
BLOOMSBURG -- The Warriors shot only 2-for-32 from the field in the second half as they fell in an opening-round game.
Bethany Conklin had five points and 13 rebounds, plus Bailey King added six points and 10 rebounds for Northumberland (2-1).
The consolation game of the tournament is scheduled for Dec. 27.
n Danville 59, Benton 49
DANVILLE -- In a rematch of the inaugural HAC tournament championship game, the Ironmen started the year off with a win by topping the Tigers in season-opening action.
Benton -- which graduated all-stater Justine Seeley -- was held to just 15 first-half points as Danville led 19-2 after the first quarter.
Amber Renz led the Ironmen with 21 points, while Ericka Heath added 10.
n Central Columbia 50,
ALMEDIA -- Shikellamy held a small lead after the first quarter, but the Braves fell behind in the second half as Central pulled away for the win.
Lindsey Cole led the Blue Jays with 16 points, while the Braves got 12 points from Andrea Amerman.
n Nazareth Invitational
NAZARETH -- Shikellamy's Nick Gittens and Dwayne Pepper took first place at 106 and 220 pounds, respectively, to lead the Braves to a fourth-place team finish at the Nazareth Invitational.
Both wrestlers went 2-0 in the tournament for Shikellamy, while Jake Matthews split at 1-1 to take second place at 113 pounds and Jeremy Bacon took second at 285.
Shikellamy totaled 158.5 points. Host Nazareth won with 227 points.
n Shikellamy 3,
SUNBURY -- Four of the Braves' five bowlers had a 600 series or better to upend the Mustangs at Strike Zone Lanes.
Noah Thomas posted a 654 series behind games of 232 and 235 for Shikellamy (3-1). Colin Roush led Midd-West (1-3) with a 266 high game and a 640 series.
n Midd-West 4,
SUNBURY -- The Mustangs made a heck of a first impression on the season as they shut out the Braves at Strike Zone Lanes.
Beth Longer led Midd-West (4-0) with a 587 series and a 224 game. Becka Klock led Shikellamy (0-4) with a 200 game and 527 series.