If there is some magic inside the walls of Williamsport High’s Magic Dome, then a little bit of it must have fallen on Mifflinburg’s girls team on Tuesday.
Trailing by a single point after three quarters of play, Mifflinburg first retook the lead and then fended off Athens for a 43-41 District 4 Class AAA semifinal victory.
No. 2-seeded Athens (17-6) led 28-27 following the third after the Northern Tier League team knocked down four of its seven 3-pointers and scored 18 total points in the quarter.
No. 3 Mifflinburg (19-5), which is enjoying its best season in years, had plenty of scoring punch to retake the lead, but when it came time to hold onto that advantage, the Wildcats also had what it takes.
Mifflinburg connected on 5-of-8 free throws in the final four minutes to hold off Athens.
Kayla Kline led the Wildcats with 12 points, while Sara Stauffer added 11 and Emily Stauffer chipped in 10 points. Those three also combined to go 14-of-24 from the free throw line, with Emily Stauffer leading the way with a 6-of-10 effort.
Mackenzie Warner led Athens with 10 points, which included a pair of 3-pointers.
Mifflinburg next faces top-seeded Danville for the District 4 championship later this week at a site and time to be determined.
District 3 Tournament
Upper Dauphin 34
HARRISBURG — Kylee Sorichetti scored 10 of her game-high 22 points in the first quarter to get the Wildcats off to a fast start in the District 4 Class A semifinals.
No. 3-seeded Halifax (19-5) led 17-7 after the first quarter, but No. 7 Upper Dauphin (13-12) hung around until the third quarter, when the Wildcats put 21 points on the board to pull away.
Sorichetti also had 19 rebounds and four steals in the game for Halifax; Morgan Cox and Paige Miller added 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Wildcats.
Taylor Brown led Upper Dauphin with 10 points.
Halifax advances to the Class A championship and plays either No. 5 Steel-High (8-16) or No. 1 Harrisburg Christian (24-1) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the Giant Center in Hershey.